The Bible – A Story of Love, Belonging, Redemption, and Hope

A 66-week journey in worship through all the books of the Bible. Each Sunday we’ll have a message about a significant theme or person that give us wisdom and knowledge about how to live as God desires us to live.

Our overall theme is: The Bible – A Story of Love, Belonging, Redemption, and Hope. These four major themes run through the pages of the Bible, and they reflect four human needs and as we move through the Bible, we’ll see these themes again and again.

At the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says in Matthew 7:24,

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.”

Jesus says there are two things we need to do to be wise, we need to hear Jesus’ words, and we need to act on them.

It is in living obediently to God’s Word that we can have the confidence that comes from building our lives on a solid foundation.

It’s not enough to hear, read, study, discuss, or even to affirm that we believe God’s Word, it is in acting on it that our lives are changed, and we grow in Christlikeness. As Jesus says in Luke 11:28,

“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!”

The books we have in our Bible were written by many different individuals, inspired by the Holy Spirit, over a period of hundreds of years, in various cultural, political, and social settings.

There are many different types of writing in the Bible including law, history, poetry, prophecy, Gospels, letters, and apocalyptic.

Much of the material in the Bible began as oral traditions before they were written down. The world has changed tremendously since the various parts of the Bible were composed and compiled. We know so much more about astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and many other subjects than the people who lived in Biblical times.

However, what hasn’t changed is human nature and all the challenges that come from human sin, pride, greed, violence, family and relational conflicts, and failures to listen, understand, and communicate well with others.

The needs of people haven’t changed much either. All people have a need and a desire to be loved, to belong to a group, clan, or cause that provides identity, meaning, and purpose. We all want a chance at redemption when we’ve failed and made mistakes. We long for hope and joy.

For those who may want to challenge themselves to read through the Bible during this series, we will be sharing weekly reading guides whether you want to read through the whole book, a few key chapters, or have a good verse to learn each week.

We hope you’ll join us on this spiritual journey and that you will be able to say with the Psalmist (Psalm 119:105), “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

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