The Bible is full of stories, but these many and various vignettes together comprise one grand story: the story of God at work in the world. In our worship, study, and conversation, we often take this story as a given, but rarely do we consider it as a whole, from start to finish. This series attempts to do just that: to look at the whole story of God from beginning to end as presented by scripture. This story is the foundation upon which our life of faith, our acts of love, and our hope for the future are constructed.
Creation & Chaos
Sunday, March 17, 2019
The creation narrative of Genesis depicts a God who takes chaos and disorder and brings about goodness and beauty. And God doesn’t just do this at the very beginning; God is still doing it today.
Sunday, March 24, 2019
After creation and the chaos of sin that follows, God enters into relationship with Israel through a series of covenants. These covenants shape Israel's understanding of their God and lay the groundwork for a radically new perspective on God's relation to all of humanity.
Sunday, March 31, 2019
The way that we understand Jesus depends largely upon how we tell the whole story of God. The trouble is, the way we have been telling this story very often reduces Jesus to just a piece of the puzzle, rather than elevating him as the center of the drama.
Sunday, April 7, 2019
At the ascension of Jesus, the disciples get caught staring up into heaven when they ought to have been looking at the world around them. The church is not a group of believers waiting for their ride home; the church is a group of people carrying on the work—and story—of God, which Jesus has re-framed with the language and imagery of the kingdom of God.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
As we come to the end of the story, we have to understand the conclusion to God's story in a way that honors the full narrative. The work of God remains consistent from beginning to end: it is the work of making all things new.