The Bible is central to our faith, but many people are intimidated by its scope and size. The Story gives us a way to journey from Genesis to Revelation together in 31 weeks so everyone understands God’s story and how their story intersects with it.

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.

Grace Episcopal Church is hoping to reverse this trend, starting with our own congregation.  We believe that The Story will 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.

We will begin our program on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 9 a.m.  The curriculum includes videos, books and small-group discussion. The Rev. Todd McDowell, Rector of Grace Church, will help us explore how we are all characters in the story of God. The goal is to discover how your life fits into God’s story.

The Rev. Rebecca Dinovo, Associate Rector at Grace, says this unique program will engage all types of learners. “I was really impressed by The Story’s breadth and complete overview of all the Scriptures in just 31 weeks. There is a lot of interest in learning more about the Bible at Grace and this seems to fit the bill.”

The Story is a best-selling abridged chronological Bible. It was originally published by Zondervan in 2005 to help people engage with the Bible more easily and with better overall understanding. It is based on the New International Version (NIV) Bible. The curriculum is presented by ministers and authors Randy Frazee Max Lucado from Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, TX.

Join Fr. Todd and Mo. Rebecca as we begin this unique journey through the Bible.

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