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. 
 
 

"The Story" Chapter 14

Questions for reflection:

  • After the United Monarchy divided, Israel (northern tribes) and Judah (southern kingdom) were spiraling downward. After Solomon died, all 19 northern kings, and 2/3 of the 20 southern kings, were evil. Such statistics point strongly to the need for Godly leadership. How does God respond to these (dis) obedient kings?
  • Turning away from God can happen in two ways, through sins of “commission” (what you do) and sins of “omission” (what you fail to do). What are some examples of each in King Solomon and the leaders who followed; what are some keys to avoiding them?
  • Reflect on your obedience to God’s commands. What have you learned from your experiences? What would you like to change?
  • Even the best of the kings of Judah and Israel “failed to remove the high places.” Getting rid of distractions from God is hard. How can God help you do it?

 

Video Summaries

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.
 

How do I get a copy of The Story?

"The Story" is available for sale in the church bookstore or online:
 

So 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 prelude summary to "The Rest of the Story" that provides context and content for table hosts and others, led by Dr. Quinn Fox.
  • "The Story" In Depth: Sundays, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Agencies Building: 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 (age 2-12th grade): Sundays, 9:30-10:45 a.m.: Children and youth are invited to their own age-appropriate programming for "The Story." Childcare is also available for children age 4 and under.
 

What will 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.
 

How else can I engage in "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.

Reading Guide

 

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