In the spring of 2020, our staff began to reflect upon what ministry would and should look like in the midst of the pandemic. What would be an effective focus for teaching? What would pull us together as a church? What did we need to see with all things pandemic and political being so ever present?
As we tossed around ideas, one emerged as a unifying theme: God’s grand story of redemption. Christians struggle to put the entire story of the Bible together. What is the plotline of the Bible? How do all the stories fit together?
After almost 80 sermons, we are approaching the end of The Story of Everything. While I have always believed that the Bible is one cohesive story, there is one thing that has stood out to me through all of the sermons: the Bible is interwoven, pointing back and forth, stitched together in an amazing design to show the glory of Christ. I believed this from the very first sermon. But having worked through Genesis and now approaching the New Testament letters, I am amazed at the textual links, the connections to Christ, the consistency of the plan of redemption, and the beauty of the Bible. With 35+ human authors, the themes build and grow, developing into a beautiful whole, culminating in Christ, in whom all things are summed up (Eph. 1:10).
Over the next few weeks, we will reflect upon the end of the story and see how Christ is the One who brings and holds all things together. But I’d love to hear from you: how have you benefitted from the Story of Everything? What have you learned? In what ways has your reading of the Bible changed? Grown? Been challenged? What is your place in this story?
This has been the most challenging and ambitious sermon series I’ve ever undertaken. But it has been the most rewarding! And I hope that you, being built up in your most holy faith, can rejoice in the Lord and delight in his Word more!
Rejoicing in the Word that does the work in us,