Delta, Ohio, January 9, 2017 – The Bible is the best-selling book in history, but how many people in Northwest Ohio are actually reading it? Frankly, it can be confusing at times. Swan Creek Community Church, 812 Main St, Delta, is hoping to help people engage and understand how our story fits into God’s plan and story starting this Sunday, as it launches The Story Sunday, January 15 at 10:30 a.m.
“I want the people in my congregation, as well as the Village of Delta and surrounding areas, to realize the incredible love God has for them and how their story is found in His story,” said Pastor Michael Mortensen. The Story presents the word of God in an engaging format, reading like a novel for lessons for children, teens, and adults.
Mortensen believes that The Story, a Zondervan best-seller, is the right tool to 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.
“The Bible is central to our faith,” said Mortensen, “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 Story Church Campaign is a unique program providing up to 31 weeks of curriculum for children, teen and adults and up to 31 weeks of corresponding messages. When accompanied by reading through the five age-related books (The Story, The Story: Teen Edition, The Story for Kids, The Story for Children, and The Story for Little Ones), the entire church can be literally on the same page for 31 weeks.
After the launch of The Story this Sunday, “we will have a carry-in lunch, where the community is warmly invited,” Mortensen shared.
With thousands of participating churches nationwide, The Story is becoming a movement that is bringing wide-ranging benefits to local churches. Many have reported increased community outreach, increased Biblical literacy, congregational growth and a greater understanding of how God’s story reveals the reasons for the things that happen in man’s story.
Swan Creek Community Church would like to invite you to experience The Story. Sunday services start at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.swancreek.org
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