I am so excited about the beginning of the Jesus Story Year. On August 9th, I will officially introduce the concept at both Sunday morning services. I hope that you will be there at Redeemer, 9 am or 10:30 am, on that day.
What is the Jesus Story Year? The Jesus Story Year is one academic year set aside to hear the grand story of the Gospel from Genesis to Revelation. It is a way for our church to live and proclaim Christ’s redeeming love. At the end of this journey, we hope to better know Christ, his story, his Gospel, and the Bible. By God’s grace, we will be more deeply formed in the love and power of Jesus.
How does it work?
Each week, our church’s teaching and worship will focus on the person and work of Christ through a single familiar Bible story. All ages will participate as we see the glory of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation. Families and small groups will be encouraged to explore the story further through suggested readings and a weekly discussion guide. The Year begins on August 16, 2009 and runs through May 23, 2010.
Participating in the Jesus Story
Participation in the Jesus Story Year is as simple as coming to worship on Sunday morning. You will be encouraged to take the Story home with you through a Bible reading guide and group discussion questions for your family, Bible study, cell, or other small group. You may also consider reading a wonderful book called “The Jesus Storybook Bible.”
Jesus Tells the Story
Luke’s Gospel (24:13-35) tells a remarkable story. On the very day of Christ’s resurrection, two of his disciples were headed out of town. As they walked along, Jesus himself came and walked with them.
The disciples were depressed because they thought Jesus would be their kind of Messiah, but their hopes were dashed by his crucifixion.
“Jesus said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”
Jesus took the time to show them that all of the Bible reveals Christ. Further, the Christ revealed in the Scriptures is the true Messiah of the Gospel, the very revelation of God.
After Jesus had spoken, the three stopped for a meal. “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.” Later, the disciples would tell how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
The revelation of Christ in Scripture, the telling of the Gospel story, leads directly to the revelation of Jesus in Holy Communion, and to joyful and deepening Christian community. As our church takes a year to walk alongside Jesus, and as his Holy Spirit reveals the great sweep of the his Story, we too hope to be ushered into a deepening awareness of God’s love, and built up as a Christ-centered community.