Community Christian Church explored God’s story as told in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. We used an abridged chronological arrangement of the Bible (NIV) called The Story as an aid. In The Story, there are no verse references in the text, and the segments of scripture are woven together with transition text written to connect the story-line so it reads like a seamless story. For people new to the Bible, this way of reading scripture reduces the intimidation one can feel when approaching the full-length unabridged Bible, and it gives them a holistic and sequential picture of the story-line of scripture. For seasoned Bible veterans, the chronological arrangement of the essential texts reveals the way the whole Bible fits together in a single grand narrative. Copies of The Story are available at Amazon. Also available is a companion book, Exploring the Story. Learn more about The Story.
Revelation encourages followers of Christ to be faithful, hopeful, and obedient when tempted and persecuted. There are four themes: 1) God is in control 2) evil is real 3) faithfulness is required & 4) Restoration is near.
Jesus told his followers that they, like him, would be hated; Paul’s story proves that this was true for the early followers. Paul’s ministry was lived out in the context of relationships and discipleship, never wasting a moment.
Jesus ascends into Heaven with a promise to return. At the Pentecost festival, the Holy Spirit falls on disciples, helping them and us to become more like Jesus. The disciples are transformed; more people, including Gentiles, come to faith, and the church.
The resurrection is an historical claim. There are two facts no one doubts: 1. Jesus existed; 2. The Christian faith was launched by those who were convinced that he rose from the dead. The evidence and the significance of the resurrection are discussed.
During the week before Jesus’ death, he prepares himself and others for his death, which will lead us to the new covenant. Through Jesus’ death, we are justified freely by God’s grace, through the redemption that came through Christ Jesus.
God is king over all the world. Only a small number acknowledged him ask king, and God sent the Messiah to dramatically increase this number by paying the penalty for rebellion; defeating the devil, and wooing/transforming the rebellious.
Jesus is baptized in obedience. Following his baptism, Jesus is tempted by Satan and is victorious. Jesus wants all people, especially the sinners. Like everyone else, Jesus encountered conflict, but kept pushing.