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.
David’s life teaches us many valuable lessons. First, God looks at our heart while people look at our external appearance. Second, to overcome problems, we should focus not on the problem or ourselves, but on God.
In 1 Samuel 1-15, the Israelites wanted a king and rejected God. God gave them what they wanted and Saul ruled over them. Ultimately, Saul’s leadership enslaved and failed them. The lesson is that we should let God be the king of our lives.
When Moses and Israelites wandered for 40 years, God used the journey to develop a relationship with them, taking the long route to turn whiners into worshipers, transferring them from the kingdom of self to the kingdom of God.
God gives Israel commandments for living with him and each other; commandments liberate us and draw us closer to God. God tells Israel how he wants to dwell among them, in a tabernacle; but in the NT, our bodies become the temples of the Holy Spirit.
Joseph was sold into slavery, was falsely convicted, and sent to prison before he saved Egypt from the famine. Life won’t always turn out according to our plans, but God is always in control and is faithful.