Pastor's Corner

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This fall we are going to join in a congregation wide study of the book, The Story. 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.

This study will help small groups form during the week, people can gather in their homes or choose to meet up at church in one of our classrooms. The Story is divided into 31 chapters, and so there will be 31 weeks of study in this Curriculum. There will be age-appropriate Bible study curriculum for our students and engaging video discussions about each chapter on Sunday Mornings. We will have the following ways that your family can participate in The Story, youth will be going through The Story: Teen Edition, our middle school aged and elementary aged children will be studying, The Story for Kids on Sunday Mornings from 9am-10am. I envision 5 small groups starting up during this congregation wide study. It is a good opportunity to invite someone to come read through the Bible with us. Small groups can be a less intimidating invitation for some people than an invitation to come to worship on a Sunday morning.

At Redeemer Lutheran Church in Cuyahoga Falls, OH we took this journey through The Story. It was helpful to our members as they got to read it together as a congregation and join in the different small groups that started up with this study. It is always helpful to have a greater understanding of how the stories of the Bible are woven together to tell the Grand Narrative of Jesus Christ and God’s plan of our salvation. It helped many of us connect the Old and New Testaments threads together.

We plan to start our journey through The Story on Rally Sunday September 11, 2022. When the holidays come, we will adjust our schedule accordingly. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Church narthex to reserve your copy. I am excited to begin this congregation wide study with you and I am looking forward to the fruits of reading God’s Story together in this chronological way.

In Christ’s Peace,

Pastor Ryan Honeycutt