Day 1: Ask God to prepare the hearts of those who will hear His Story.
“Give yourselves to God…surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes.” Romans 6: 13
The Bible is central to our faith, but many people are intimidated by its scope and size. The Story gives us a way to journey from Genesis to Revelation together so everyone understands God’s story and how their story intersects with it.
The Bible is the best-selling book in history, but how many people are actually reading it? A Gallup survey reports the average American household has four Bibles. However, research by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (2008) found that only 16 percent of Americans read the Bible every day.
We at Sheridan First UMC are hoping to reverse this trend, starting with our own congregation. I believe that The Story, a Zondervan best-seller, is the right tool to increase Biblical literacy, helping us to understand God’s story from Genesis to Revelation and how our own stories intersect with God’s. Consisting of 31 chapters of carefully-selected scriptures sequenced in chronological order, The Story presents the word of God in an engaging format that reads like a novel.
The Story Church Campaign is a unique program providing us with 31 weeks of curriculum for children, teen and adult Sunday school and 31 weeks of corresponding sermons. When accompanied by reading through the five age-related books (The Story, The Story: Teen Edition, The Story for Kids, The Story for Children, and The Story for Little Ones), the entire church will be literally on the same page for 31 weeks. We at First UMC will begin the experience on August 23, 2015! The Story handout day will be August 16, 2015 as we celebrate “Promotion Sunday” for our Children’s Sunday School Classes.
The Story will begin in 40 days, and I am asking that we as a congregation join in prayer together that we might enjoy God’s blessing through this journey!
Rev. John Embrey