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The Story – Chapter 2

The Story: Chapter 2

 The casting agent enters the room with her top picks for the show’s leading man and woman. The new series will follow the spellbinding story of a [family] that builds a powerful, world-impacting family tree. It is crucial to make the right call when deciding who will fall in love and launch this family of influence and fame.

 Producers and writers alike have waited breathlessly for this moment when [the people] they have envisioned as the leading characters will be finally realized in an actor and actress. But when they turn to see who has been tapped for these most special roles, the thud of their collective jaws hitting the mahogany conference table muffles their mutual groans. There before their wide eyes, instead of the expected vibrant, young couple with gleaming white teeth and tanned and toned bodies, stand a 75-year-old man and a 65-year-old woman!

 Not what they had pictured for their production! And yet, this is what God has chosen. His screenplay called for a couple to launch a nation through whom “all the nations of the earth would be blessed” (Genesis 12:1-3).

 Abram and Sarai stand there, adorned perhaps by dusty old robes and crowned with wispy white hair and loosely fitting skin and as befuddled as anyone else. God chose them to begin a nation. An unlikely pair, especially after factoring in the fact that Sarai was barren. How could God expect to start a nation with a woman who could not bear children?

 God picks people you and I wouldn’t necessarily select to take part in God’s story. Sometimes we are shocked at who plays the starring roles. For God searches for people who are open to being used. Since he uses only those who are willing to be used for his purposes, there is no doubt that it is he who does the wonder- working. Let there be no doubt, throughout history God is the one making things happen. That’s good news, isn’t it? You may not have a great pedigree or be a Rhodes Scholar, you may not have a lot of money and you may have average looks, but you may be sitting in a pretty good position to be a top pick for God’s work!

Join us on Sunday at 10 a.m. to hear more about The Story: How God Builds a Nation!

The Story

Dear Members and Friends of GPC,

As you may have heard we are excited to be starting ”The Story,” this coming Sunday, Sept. 25 in our worship service. It is a curriculum that presents the Bible in chronological order and reads like a novel.  We have copies of this amazing book for free just waiting for you at the church.

Each week the curriculum has some food for thought for pastors to send to their congregations.  This is the first of those 31 messages:

If you think Genesis is just a band from the ‘80’s….

If you think it was Dr. Doolittle who took two of each animal into a big boat…

If you think an epistle is a woman married to an apostle…

 …you may need to know more of “The Story.”

 You may be a bit intimidated by the Bible. You’re not alone; many people are.  And no wonder, its pages mention odd names like Jehoshaphat and Nebuchadnezzar.  It contains accounts from places you’ve probably never heard of and it seems to be made of of a lot of different, seemingly unrelated stories.  But it really is one big, exciting story.

 You can easily see it if you open your Bible to the beginning and then flip all the way to the end.

 The first words found in Genesis 1:1 read: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Then, if you turn all the way to the back of the book, Revelation 21:1 you find, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.”

I think that’s pretty cool and I hope you will, too. So please think about joining us on Sunday mornings for 31 weeks (with breaks for Advent and Lent) as we explore this unique look into God’s story which is our story, too!

Blessings,

Pastor Beth