The Bible is the best-selling book in history, but how many people are actually reading it? A Gallup survey reports the average American household has four Bibles. However, research by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (2008) found that only 16 percent of Americans read the Bible every day.
Living Hope is hoping to reverse this trend, starting with its own congregation. Pastor Jim believes that The Story is the right tool to increase Biblical literacy, helping readers understand God’s story from Genesis to Revelation and how their own stories intersect with God’s. Consisting of 31 chapters of carefully-selected scriptures sequenced in chronological order, The Story presents the word of God in an engaging format, reading like a novel.
The Story Church Campaign is a unique program providing up to 31 weeks of curriculum for children, teen and adult Sunday school and up to 31 weeks of corresponding sermons. When accompanied by reading through the five age-related books (The Story, The Story: Teen Edition, The Story for Kids, The Story for Children, and The Story for Little Ones), the entire church can be literally on the same page for 31 weeks. We will begin the experience on Sunday, January 5th, 2014.
With thousands of participating churches nationwide, The Story is becoming a movement that is bringing wide-ranging benefits to local churches. Many have reported increased community outreach, increased Biblical literacy, congregational growth and a greater understanding of how God’s story reveals the reasons for the things that happen in man’s story.
Living Hope Free Methodist Church would like to invite you to experience The Story. Sunday School starts at 9:40AM & our Worship services starts at 10:40 AM For more information, visit our home page: www.livinghopefmc.org.
“God Behind our Story”
As told about Esther
Esther 4:6-17; “The Story” pages 281-282
Sunday, May 18th 2014
Think about this: God’s providence is often unseen but effective in preserving His people. We each have a role in His providence through giftings of the Holy Spirit.
Understand This: My place in God’s story is intentional and essential. God designs for me ways I can make a difference.
Do This: Prepare myself to act for God by positioning myself to be “A Servant Who Serves”.
Sunday, April 20th
“Seeing the Story with God’s Eyes”
“The Story” pg 228-230; Isaiah 3,6 & 13
Pastor Jim Stegman
Think About This: At Easter we celebrate the truth that Jesus came to mankind as “God on earth” to end the power sin has over us and to provide new beginnings. To do that “God on earth” entered into our suffering. He still does.
Understand This: As the Body of Christ we are all deployed to enter into places of suffering to bring the power of Hope, Love and Life.
Do This: Go and do likewise.