The Short of It: The Entire Story of the Bible from Creation to New Creation

Dear Church Family,
 
So far over the course of 2020 our sermon topics have been fairly diverse.
 
We’ve explored the relationship between faith and doubt. We’ve examined the 7 “I AM” statements of Jesus in the Gospel of John (I am the bread of life, I am the light of the world, I am the good shepherd, etc.). We’ve studied the various articles of the Apostles’ Creed (I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord, etc.). And, just more recently, we’ve seen how some of our favorite Marvel superheroes mirror the truths of Scripture.
 
Well, in our next series for 2020, we’re going to focus on – wait for it – the Bible. The whole Bible. From beginning to end. We’re calling the new series “The Short of It: The Entire Story of the Bible from Creation to New Creation.”
 
My experience as a pastor has taught me that far too many of us find the Bible baffling, confusing, and intimidating. Often the reason is we pull out various passages without a larger framework in which to put these passages. For example, we wonder how the story of Israel fits with the story of Creation. Or we wonder how the story of Jesus fits with his second coming in the future. Our hope with this new series is to give us a BIG PICTURE view of the Bible, which will in turn make Scripture more accessible and easier to read.
 
Ultimately, when it comes down to it, the Bible is meant to be read. My prayer is that this series will help all of us feel comfortable with picking up and reading Scripture.
 
In addition to being pumped about our new series, I’m excited that Vacation Bible School (VBS) begins this coming Monday (July 13). I’m incredibly grateful to Kathy Beuttenmuller for all her hard work in getting us set up for virtual VBS. If you have a child or know of a child anywhere in the world who would like to attend, please reach out to Kathy and let her know (kbeuttenmuller@communityoffaith.org). And please pray for VBS, that these kids will have a fun experience, and that God will use this program to change their lives.
 
Thanks for the privilege of serving as your pastor, and I look forward to “seeing” you online for weekend worship.
 
Blessings,
Chris