This Year's Theme
We have a theme that we organize our classes and teaching around each year. In 2023, that theme is:
The Story of Salvation
The Bible is more than just a list of doctrines that we are to believe or a depository of things we are supposed to do. Rather, it is a story. The Bible tells the greatest, most compelling story of all time. From beginning to end, the Scriptures tell the story of God’s dealings with mankind; a chronicle of His unfolding plan to bring His children to the goal for which He made us - communion with Him. Simply put, the Bible is, The Story of Salvation. Through a year-long reading of God’s word, we will trace God’s dealings with humanity from before the beginning through eternity.
As we journey through The Story of Salvation in 2023, we want to accomplish three main goals:
- We want to see the interconnectedness of the scriptures. The Bible is a united story of multilayered, interconnected scenes that gradually reveal the Lord’s work of Salvation. These connections only increase as the story progresses. As we read through the Old Testament, we will constantly look at how the text relates to the New Testament and vice versa.
- We want to see how each scene in the Bible reveals the Lord God as: the God Who speaks, the God Who acts, the God Who listens, and the God Whose love for His people culminated in His sacrifice of His only Son Jesus, to atone for the sins of humanity. What’s more, the same God is alive and active today, continually pouring out His grace on us through Jesus Christ
- We want to enlarge our understanding of Jesus and His gospel of grace. Jesus does not suddenly appear and then leave the gospels, He is in every scene from Genesis to Revelation, sometimes in the forefront, other times in the background, but He is always there. Jesus said, “the scriptures bear witnesses about Me” (John 5:39).
To help us accomplish our goals, there are four parts to our study of The Story of Salvation:
- Our Congregational Theme: The Story of Salvation’s theme provides us with the framework for our studies this year. With one thought in mind, speaking of Jesus, Peter proclaimed, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
- The Reading Plan: Our reading plan this year will take us through The Story of Salvation starting before Genesis and going through eternity. Each week will consist of 5 daily readings with three questions to enrich your reading/study time.
- A Bible Class: For those who wish to delve deeper into The Story of Salvation, a year-long discussion class will be available each Sunday morning in Room 10. Your curriculum will be the reading plan questions printed in the prior week’s bulletin. The High School class will also use the same material in their Sunday class.
- A Sermon Series: Each week, one Sunday sermon will explore an aspect of The Story of Salvation that will be discussed in that week’s readings.
We are excited to start this study and pray that you will make fresh discoveries about our God and Savior Jesus Christ through The Story of Salvation. God has worked on The Story of Salvation since before the beginning and He continues to work through eternity.
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