2012 is the Year of “The Story”
God goes to great lengths to rescue lost and hurting people. That is what The Story is all about: the story of the Bible, God’s great love affair with humanity. Condensed into 31 accessible chapters, The Story sweeps you into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Revelation. Using the clear, accessible text of the NIV Bible, it allows the stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible to read like a novel. And like any good story, The Story is filled with intrigue, drama, conflict, romance, and redemption; and this story’s true!
2012 is the Year of The Story at Pleasant View – Join us in this great adventure! Not only will we be learning from The Story in weekly sermons, but we will have an opportunity to expand on our knowledge of God’s Word presented in The Story in our children’s, youth, and adult ministries. It all begins March 1, 2012.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Story is a book that condenses the Bible into 31 accessible chapters. Although it is not the Bible in its entirety, The Story is a tool that uses thoughtfully chosen and carefully excerpted portions of Scripture. The Story also includes written transitions and reads like a novel that begins in Genesis and ends in Revelation, covering the Bible chronologically.
The idea is that after reading The Story together as a church we will all have experienced the Bible in a brand new way. Hopefully you will be glued to every page, wrapped up in the lives of the characters, wanting to know more about the Author of this incredibly intense, heart-warming, life-changing true story.
For Pleasant View, 2012 promises to be an incredible year as we all immerse ourselves in the words on the pages of the Bible. We expect God to move in big ways in the lives of our church family as our faith grows stronger and deeper through inviting His words of redemption and hope into our lives.
Are we using The Story instead of the Bible this year?
The book The Story is not meant to replace the Bible. It is simply a tool to help us experience the Bible better. As always, the Bible will be our ultimate guide and the final authority in our lives.
Why should I have a copy of The Story when I already have a Bible?
The Story includes written transitions, timelines, discussion questions, and other valuable resources that we will be using all year long. We strongly recommend that everyone have a personal copy of The Story. You won’t be disappointed. The Story presents the Bible in a very easy-to-read format that we will be referencing all year long at Pleasant View. In addition to reading the book, you will most likely use it as a workbook, writing all sorts of notes and thoughts in the margin and highlighting what sticks out to you.
Do I need to bring both The Story and my Bible to church with me?
We suggest that you do. We will be referencing both throughout the service. We will be asking you to use it as a workbook during the messages, suggesting you make notes in the margins and underline/highlight sections along the way. In addition, your children in third grade through high school will also want to bring both with them.
Where can I get a copy of The Story? Do my children need a copy?
We will make The Story, The Story for Little Ones (preschool age), for Children (K-2nd grade), for Kids (3rd-5th grade), and the Teen Edition available at The Story table in the fellowship hall and you can order from our online store as well. We recommend that children in third grade through high school have a personal copy of the edition for their age group. It is at the parents’ discretion whether or not the younger children have a copy. Copies of the book will be made available to children who regularly attend Sunday School.
Should I read a chapter of The Story before I come to church each weekend?
Yes. You will know in advance which chapters we will be covering when. It will be of great benefit to you to read the chapter before coming to weekend services.
Is there a reading schedule I can follow?
Yes. We will release the reading schedule in sections throughout the year as we release sermon titles.
When are we beginning The Story
The kickoff weekend is March 1.
Is the entire church really studying the same thing this year?
Yes. From young to old, we will all be studying the same chapters of The Storyevery week. We want to be threaded together as a church family this year by studying the same parts of the Bible at the same time. You can go home and have a conversation with your teenager or your third grader and the stories will be reinforced. Do you see the benefit? God’s Word will be so ingrained in us that it really does become living and breathing to us.
If I have children of different ages, why is it that they may be learning different Bible stories than my other children from week to week if we’re supposed to be studying the same thing?
Each chapter in The Story covers a large time span and often many people’s lives. For example, chapter one covers creation to the flood. Your preschoolers will learn about creation in Bible study and worship. Your elementary-age children will focus on creation in worship, Noah and the flood in K-2nd grade Bible study, and the fall and God’s plan in 3rd-5th grade Bible study. Children’s Ministry has thoughtfully planned the curriculum to be age appropriate.
Will it really take the entire year to go through The Story
Yes. There are 31 chapters in The Story. We will study these chapters in sections with a few breaks throughout the year.
What are some ways I can incorporate The Story into my home life?
Read the weekly devotions each week online. Read the chapters. Maybe go back and read the text in the Bible. Reflect on how to apply the lessons we’re learning. If you have younger children, read their storybooks with them. If you have older children, encourage them to read on their own. Ask them what they learned this weekend, and try to have a deep conversation with them that includes more than just one-word answers. Go over their memory verses. Just make The Story a part of your everyday conversations with your family.
The Story MP3:
Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9, Chapter 10, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, Chapter 13, Chapter 14, Chapter 15, Chapter 16, Chapter 17, Chapter 18, Chapter 19, Chapter 20, Chapter 21, Chapter 22, Chapter 23, Chapter 24, Chapter 25, Chapter 26, Chapter 27, Chapter 28, Chapter 29, Chapter 30, Chapter 31
Take Home Pages:
Additional Family Resources
Parents Pages (Word format): Lesson 1, Lesson 2, Lesson 3, Lesson 4, Lesson 5, Lesson 6, Lesson 7, Lesson 8, Lesson 9, Lesson 10, Lesson 11, Lesson 12, Lesson 13, Lesson 14, Lesson 15, Lesson 16, Lesson 17, Lesson 18, Lesson 19, Lesson 20, Lesson 21, Lesson 22, Lesson 23, Lesson 24, Lesson 25, Lesson 26, Lesson 27, Lesson 28, Lesson 29, Lesson 30, Lesson 31 (all in zip file)