Over the years people have told me that they have attempted to read through the Bible but didn’t get very far. They start in Genesis, can follow the story into Exodus, but interest wanes as they start reading through “The Law” in Leviticus. One lady I talked to recently said she wasn’t even able to get through Exodus. Many settle for someone else telling them what the Bible says, but often times they may not be getting the whole story. The Bible is God’s story, an autobiography if you will. A story entrusted to individuals, inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that all may know Him. So, if it is important for us to know God’s story, and I believe it is, what are we to do?
In 2005, Zondervan published a book called The Story. The Story is a best-selling abridged chronological Bible. There are no verse references in the text, and the segments of scripture are woven together with transition text written to connect the storyline so it reads like a seamless story.
For people new to the Bible, this way of reading scripture reduces the intimidation one can feel when approaching the full-length unabridged Bible, and it gives them a holistic and sequential picture of the storyline of scripture.
For seasoned Bible veterans, the chronological arrangement of the essential texts reveals the way the whole Bible fits together in a single grand narrative. Reading through The Story triggers interest and understanding and drives people back to the original Bible texts for further exploration. The intent is not to replace your Bible but as a means by which we can truly see God’s story.
On Sunday, May 4, 2014, the Tomah church of Christ will begin it’s journey through The Story. If you would like to be part of this journey you can. We will gladly supply you with your own copy of The Story free of charge. You can get your copy by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can join us on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.. If you are unable to be with us to journey through God’s story on the days and times we meet, you can always follow us here on the website. The weekly sermons will be posted on the website and I will be blogging about what we have learned.
May the Lord bless you as you seek Him through His story whether you do it with us or on your own.
God loves you and so do I, Dana