Pastor Dan Wolf preaches an introduction to a 31 week series based on The Story, the entire Bible presented in sequential order.
In Matthew 7, Jesus related the story about building one's house on the rock versus the sand, having a firm foundation for one's life. Life is hard and we all face its storms. Everyone who hears the Good News but doesn't put faith in God into practice will be like the house built on sand, swept away by the flood of calamity bigger than any of us can imagine. The good news is it still isn't too late to accept God's free gift of salvation. Repent and confess your sin. Accept Jesus' death on the cross for those sins. Ask Him into your heart, and then tell somebody about your decision.
Jesus changes people from the inside out. The Bible gives us hope and purpose, and God gives us peace and joy. The world cannot offer you any of these things. The Bible is a love letter to us from God.
Why are we sharing The Story? Here's a partial list:
* Biblical literacy is important
* We receive blessing for studying the Word of God
* Outreach - we want to help other people to know Jesus
* To understand our world better
* To make your own life better
* Because God wants us to know Him better
God is not a loner. He /wants/ communion, oneness, with each of us. He is a friend of sinners. He came and died for the sick, not the well. (And we are all sick before we know Jesus.)
The Bible explains us to ourselves like no other. Our hearts are deceitful. This book tells us the truth about ourselves. God's heart is true.
Hebrews 4:12 - The word of God is living and active like a two-edged sword...
Faith: Believe what God says about you, about what He says about Himself. I know I need a savior and that He will save me.
Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
2 Tim. 2:17 Be a good workman.
2 Tim. 3: 16, 17 All scripture is inspired by God
Psalms 110:11 I treasure your word up in my heart so I won't sin against you.
Join us next week as we kick off The Story at Foundation Bible Church!