God’s Big Story
The Bible is a book of books, but it tells one big story, the story of man’s fall into sin and God’s revelation of his rescue plan, culminating in Jesus. This fall, and all the way through Christmas and past Easter, we are going to be looking at key moments in this redemption history so as to get the big picture of God’s big story and to find out how each of us fit into God’s big story. Don’t miss this, as week by week we will reveal God’s heart, God’s works and God’s promises and find his redemptive love at work building unshakeable foundations for our lives.
Here’s the Plan:
September 4 – God’s Big Story, Week 1
Text: Genesis 1 and 2
Title “Act 1: Creation in His Image”
Worship: Creator God
Key Sentence: In the beginning everything God made was very good.
September 11 – God’s Big Story, Week 2
Text: Genesis 3:1-24
Title: “Act 1: The Crisis of the Fall”
Worship: Broken Sinners, Promised Savior
Key Sentence: Every aspect of God’s good creation was broken at the fall.
September 18 – God’s Big Story, Week 3
Text: Genesis 6:1-22, Genesis 9:1-17
Title: The Elements of God’s Story
(Judgment or Disaster, Rescue, Restoration, Promise)
Worship: Rescued from the Storm
In God’s story sin leads to judgment, but also to rescue and restoration.
September 25 – God’s Big Story, Week 4
Text: Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 13:14-18, Genesis 15:1-21
Title: Number the Stars
Worship: Blessing by Grace, Blessing by Faith
Key Sentence: God’s story is about undeserved favor to the whole world, by faith
October 2 – God’s Big Story, Week 5
Text: Genesis 22:1-18
Title: God Has Provided the Lamb (Communion)
Worship: God Has Provided the Lamb
Key Sentence: The heart of God’s plot line is the provision of a substitute
October 9 – God’s Big Story, Week 6
Text: Exodus 12:1-20
Title: Deliver Us!
Worship: The Passover Lamb
Key Sentence: God rescues his people bound in slavery by blood
October 16 – God’s Big Story, Week 7
Text: Exodus 20:1-17 with Deuteronomy 31:16-21, Leviticus 11:1-23, Deuteronomy 14:21 and Romans 1-3)
Title: What the Law Shows
Worship: All the Law I Cannot Keep
Key Sentence: The greatness of the law cannot give us the ability to keep it.
October 23 – God’s Big Story, Week 8
Text: Leviticus 17:11 with Leviticus 4 and 5, Leviticus 16 and Hebrews 9
Title: A Sacrifice is Required for the Forgiveness of Sins
Worship: The Blood
Key Sentence: God has shown us all along that forgiveness comes by sacrifice
October 30 – God’s Big Story, Week 9
Text: Deuteronomy 30:1-9 with Leviticus 26:34-42, Deuteronomy 9:1-7, and Ezekiel 37:15-28
Title: The Promised Land
Worship: On Jordan’s Stormy Banks
Key Sentence: God will not break the promise of the land because he will not break the promise of his presence.
November 6 – God’s Big Story, Week 10
Text: 2 Samuel 7:12-17 with Psalm 89:29-37, Jeremiah 23:5-6, Isaiah 9:1-7
Title: The Davidic Promise
Worship: Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
Key Sentence: God narrows the messianic promise to David’s line so we will know Jesus as King
November 13 – God’s Big Story, Week 11
Text: 2 Kings 21:1-16 with Deuteronomy 17:18-20
Title: The Downward Spiral
Worship: Trust in God Alone
Key Sentence: Apart from God, kings cannot live up to their PR
November 20 – God’s Big Story, Week 12
Text: 2 Kings 24:8-17 and 2 Chronicles 36:17-23
Title: What He Exiles he also Restores
Worship: He Hears Our Cry
Key Sentence: God keeps his promises even at the lowest point of the journey
November 27 – God’s Big Story, Week 13, Thanksgiving
Text: Psalm 138
Title: I Give Thanks with my Whole Heart
Worship: Now Thank We All Our God
Key Sentence: To give thanks is to sing of the ways of the Lord
December 4 – God’s Big Story, Week 14, Advent in Prophecy
Text: Isaiah 53, Psalm 22, Isaiah 11, Zechariah 12;10; Psalm 16
Title: Prophecies of His Work (Communion)
Worship: Born to be the Sacrifice
Key Sentence: God’s story reaches its climax in the sacrifice of the incarnate king
December 11 – God’s Big Story, Week 15, Advent in Prophecy
Title: Prophecies of His Human Descent
Texts: Seed of the Woman (Genesis 3:15)
Through Abraham (Genesis 12:3).
Through Abraham’s son, Isaac (Genesis 17:21).
Through Isaac’s son, Jacob (Genesis 28:14).
Through the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:8).
Through the family of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1).
Through the house of David (Jeremiah 23:5).
Worship: Christmas, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Key Sentence: Scripture points more and more narrowly to Jesus
December 18 – God’s Big Story, Week 16, Advent in the Gospels
Title: Prophecies of His Divine Descent
Text: Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-25, Psalm 2, Luke 1:26-38
Worship: Son of God, Immanuel
Key Sentence: God’s big promise to be with us is fulfilled in Jesus
December 24 – God’s Big Story, Advent in the Gospels
Title: Prophecies of His Place
Text: Micah 5:1-2, Isaiah 9:1-2, Hosea 11:1
Worship: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Key Sentence: Bethlehem, Galilee and even Egypt find their fulfillment in Jesus.
December 25 – God’s Big Story, Week 17, Advent in the Gospels
Title: Prophecies of His Essence
Text: John 1:1-14, Genesis 1:1, Exodus 40:34-35
Worship: God Incarnate!
Key Sentence: The climax of God’s Big Story starts with the Incarnation