About "The Story"

"The Story" is a church-wide movement to better know and grow in God’s Word. From September 2018-June 2019 we are reading "The Story," a condensed chronological Bible that will equip all ages to discover a deeper appreciation of our spiritual roots and develop a solid foundation of Bible literacy. 

 

 

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"The Story" Summary: Chapter 28


Questions for Reflection

  • In The Story this week the word “witnesses” occurs six times. What did “witnesses” do in the early church? How does knowing you have that same power as Jesus’ early followers (the Holy Spirit) affect how you see yourself as a witness?

  • The early believers “enjoyed the favor of all the people” and “were highly regarded” by them (pp. 392, 395). Yet, Peter and the apostles obeyed God above any human stipulation (p. 396). What is the relationship between pleasing God and pleasing others?

  • The first followers of Jesus “devoted themselves to belonging”—they met together in homes, sharing meals and in many cases much, much more. This led to rapid growth of the early church. What would such practice look like in the 21st century; in your life? 

Chapter 28: New Beginnings (May 5, 2019)

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Chapter 27: The Resurrection (April 28, 2019)

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Chapter 26: The Hour of Darkness (April 7, 2019)

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Chapter 25: Jesus, the Son of God (March 31, 2019)

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Chapter 24: No Ordinary Man (March 24, 2019)

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Chapter 23: Jesus' Ministry Begins (March 17, 2019

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Chapter 22: The Birth of the King (March 10, 2019)

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Summary of the Old Testament (Chapters 1-21)

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Chapter 21: Rebuilding the Walls (March 3, 2019)

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Chapter 20: Esther: The Queen of Beauty & Courage (February 24, 2019)

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Chapter 19: The Return Home (February 17, 2019)

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Chapter 18: Daniel in Exile (February 10, 2019)

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Chapter 17: The Kingdom's Fall (February 3, 2019)

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Chapter 16: The Beginning of the End (of the Kingdom of Israel) (January 27, 2019)

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Chapter 15: God's Messengers (January 20, 2019)

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Chapter 14: A Kingdom Torn in Two (January 13, 2019)

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Chapter 13: The King Who Had It All (January 6, 2019)

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Chapter 12: The Trials of a King (November 25, 2018)

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Chapter 11: From Shepherd to King (November 18, 2018)

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Chapter 10: Standing Tall, Falling Hard (November 11, 2018)

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Chapter 9: The Faith of a Foreign Woman (November 4, 2018)

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Chapter 8: A Few Good Men...and Women (October 28, 2018)

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Chapter 7: The Battle Begins (October 21, 2018)

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Chapter 6: Wandering (October 14, 2018)

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Chapter 5: New Commands and a New Covenant (October 7, 2018)

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Chapter 4: Deliverance (September 30, 2018)

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Chapter 3: Joseph (September 23, 2018)

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Chapter 2: God Builds a Nation (September 16, 2018)

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Chapter 1: Creation (September 9, 2018)

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FAQs

What is "The Story"?

"The Story" is a condensed chronological Bible that we will read together to discover and re-discover God's story, and our place in it. 

What is the difference between "The Story" and the Bible?

"The Story" is a condensed chronological Bible, with the text taken straight from the NIV translation of the Bible. Reading like a novel, this rendering of the Bible allows its stories, poems, and teachings to come together in a single, compelling narrative.

What does it mean to participate?

As a church family, we will discover and re-discover God's story, and our place in it. There are a variety of ways to participate on Sunday mornings:

  • "The Story" in Worship: Sundays, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.: Our sermons from September through May will follow the 31 chapters of "The Story."

  • The Rest of "The Story": Sundays, 10-10:45 a.m. in Stone Hall: Explore how the Bible holds meaning in your life today through a weekly video summary and small group discussion.

  • Exploring "The Story": Sundays, 9:30-9:55 a.m., Stone Hall: A 25-minute presentation of biblical background to week’s reading that provides context and content for table hosts and any others who are interested in preparation for the coming session of "The Rest of the Story.”

  • "The Story" In Depth: Sundays, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Chapel: Come for a deep dive into the context and content of "The Story" with R.V. Seep
    Class materials:
    "The Story" Annotated   |   Appendix A: Old Testament    |   Appendix B: New Testament

  • "The Story" for Children and Youth: Sundays, 9:30-10:45 a.m.: Children and youth are invited to their own age-appropriate programming for "The Story." Childcare is available for children age 4 and under.

What do Sundays look like for my family?

Families have two Sunday morning options:
 

Option 1: 9 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

  • 9:00 a.m.: Worship in the Sanctuary. 
  • 9:30-10:45 a.m.: Children and youth leave after the Time for Children in worship for "The Story" for Children and "The Story" for Youth.
  • 10:00-10:45 a.m.: Adults gather for The Rest of "The Story" in Stone Hall.

Option 2: 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

  • 9:30-10:45 a.m.: Children, youth, and adults meet for "The Story" for Children, "The Story" for Youth, Exploring "The Story," and “The Story" In Depth.
  • 10:00-10:45 a.m.: Adults gather for The Rest of "The Story" in Stone Hall.
  • 11:00 a.m.: Worship in the Sanctuary or Jones Hall.
Do I have to come each week?

You'll get the full story of God's word told from beginning to end if you can come every week, but don't worry if you have to miss a week! Come whenever you are able. If you haven't read "The Story" before, or you are behind it's not too late to join in! Scroll up to view summary videos of past weeks. 

How else can I engage "The Story"?
  • Small Groups: Find friendship, grow spiritually, be cared for and serve one another in a small group! Anyone can join a group; all ages and stages gather at different times and locations in the DC area—just let us know your preferences. Sign up for a small group.

  • Individual study: Follow a reading guide with questions for reflection.

  • Watch sermons: You can watch and listen to previous sermons about "The Story" on our worship archive.

  • A year-long daily devotionalThe Story: 365 Devotionals, is available for purchase at the church bookstore or may be purchased online.

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