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The Story - 2018-2019 Worship & Study Theme

What is The Story?

[from Zondervan] "
The Story is an abridged, chronological Bible that reads like a novel. There are no verse references, and Scripture segments are seamlessly woven together with transition text into a single grand narrative. For those intimidated or overwhelmed by the unabridged Bible, The Story helps people understand God's Word more fully and engage with it more easily.

"Simple, accessible, and easy to use, churches are finding
The Story a powerful way to engage their people in Bible reading like never before. As The Story brings the Bible to life, the broad scope of God's message will penetrate hearts. People of all ages will be swept up in the story of God's love and God's plan for their lives."

Earlier in my ministry as a Pastor, I would have been very uneasy about encouraging the reading of this type of book.  God's Word is something I am very careful about "messing with." How can you have an "abridged" Bible?  How can you leave out details or completely skip over portions?  No, I think I want the complete text, thank you very much.  Then I did something crazy - I started reading the book.  A year and a half ago, I saw the value of this resource but was not sure how to make best use of it.  A pastor friend of mine told me he was going to use it as an extended length sermon series in his church; 31 weeks corresponding with the 31 chapters of the book.  I asked him to tell me how it went.  Result:  his church was blessed!

After prayer and seeking God's will, I feel led to use the outline of the book as the framework for the pulpit work for this coming year. I am excited about this journey our church is about to embark upon.  If you have ever been a little fuzzy about how the sequencing of events or who were the leaders at what time period and how this all fits into the larger biblical narrative, then you are about to be blessed.  We're going from Creation in Genesis 1 to the New Creation in Revelation 22 in thirty-one weeks.  And it is all in story form.  It is still 98% Scripture with some summary paragraphs to segue from one event to the next.  It flows nicely.  For instance, when King David sinned by committing adultery with Bathsheba and is subsequently confronted by Nathan the Prophet in 2 Samuel 12, we catch a small glimpse of David's repentance.  It is not until Psalm 51 that we get a more complete understanding of his heart and mind. 
The Story takes the related portions of 2 Samuel 21 & Psalm 51 and puts them together in narrative form.  This is not only helpful, but powerful.  For the person who is new to the Bible, you will see the "mountain tops" of Scripture in one seamless story over 31 chapters.  My hope is that when you pick up your Bible (which has 1,189 chapters) you will have a better sense of context concerning the whole.  In other words, the Bible will be less intimidating.

There are 4 ways we encourage you to engage this experience:

1.  Personal Life: We are inviting you to read the corresponding chapter in the book
The Story before each Sunday (avg. 12 pages)

2.  Home Life: This is an opportunity for your family to gather together at the supper table or whenever to talk about what you're learning, what part of the story jumped out at you.

3.  Church Read: For those who prefer something different, on Wednesday nights before prayer meeting we will be listening to the dramatized audio version of the chapter.  Come check it out!  Listening engages different parts of the brain vs. reading.  Come as a family ... talk about it on the way home!

4.  Sunday Service: Come to TRBC and experience the message in our worship service. Our intent is that all of us are on the same page during this 31 week journey. 

Consider which of these four you will engage in, and expect a blessing for your efforts.

The book can be purchased as a print copy or you can download either a digital copy or audio file.  Please be sure and get the book (available in NIV,NKJV & KJV).  There are several devotionals and study guides with similar titles, covers and artwork.  Don't get confused.  There will be a limited amount of print copies available at the church.  Please read chapter one and I'll see you on October 14!