This is the second time I have used “The Story” series in Chapel. First at FT Jackson and now we are beginning it at Scofield Barracks: Main Post Chapel. It is really exciting to see so many looking at the Bible in a fresh way. Last week I preached the Intro sermon
Tommorow begins week #1. If you want to read along you can pick up a copy of the story or check out the (Chart_of_Bible_References).
If you are interested in doing “The Story” at your church or chapel, check out http://www.thestory.com.
Below is week #1 letter to the congregation:
I hope you are enjoying The Story and ready for week #1 this Sunday!
Are you beginning to see the connections between the upper story and the lower story?
It has been fun for me this week to listen to my kids’ questions as we read chapter one together before they go to bed.
You may be a bit intimidated by the Bible. You’re not alone; many people are. And no wonder, its pages mention odd names like Jehoshaphat and Nebuchadnezzar. It contains accounts from places you probably never heard of, like Sinai and Samaria. And it seems to be made up of a lot of different, seemingly unrelated stories. But it really is one big, exciting story.
You can see it easily if you open your Bible to the beginning and then flip all the way to the end.
The first words found in Genesis 1:1 read: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Then, if you turn all the way to the back of the book, Revelation 21:1, you find, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away . . .”
In the beginning God is creating the heavens and the earth. At the end he is creating a new heaven and a new earth. So the big question is this: “What on earth happened between the beginning and the end of the Bible?” If you can answer that question you will have uncovered the one seamless story of God.
Why not read God’s story with your family this year? Studies indicate if the extent of your child’s exposure to things of the faith is a only weekly visit to church or Sunday School, the likelihood is very great that when she graduates and leaves home her relationship with the Lord will turn cold.
However, if you as a parent engage your children in the experience of reading and discussing the Bible, chances go up astronomically that they will remain strong in their faith after leaving home. You don’t have to be an expert or have all the answers. You just have to be willing to experience it with them.
Get involved in The Story of God. It will forever transform your life and your family’s life. Every day God is seeking to guide you, forming sentences that flow into paragraphs that over time write the chapter of your life––a life committed to knowing him better.
Will you choose today to take your life chapter and make it a part of the Big Story of what God is doing on earth?
Reach out to the one who is reaching out to you, today. You won’t regret it!
Here is a link to last week’s Sermon The Story Intro
Here is another link to a video I made a few years back on the Garden of Eden Story East of Eden
Last week I didn’t have time to share this with you but I put together an Acrostic “APPLE” to help you with a few Bible study principles.
Bible Study Tips: talk story and reach out to the one who is reaching out to you!
- ? Ask Why? What’s the Purpose?
- @ Pray Cheat: Ask God’s Spirit to Guide you
- * Pay attention to details. Something is off, look for Clues
- + Look for the Cross Intersection of Upper story and Lower Story
- ! Explore Appreciate uniqueness
Over the Next year, we are going to Read through the Bible, using The Story as a guide. (See hand out attached)
Find your place in God’s Story!