What’s your story?

We all have a story to share…but did you know that God also has a story? He’s been weaving His story into humanity since the beginning, and we’re all a part of this sweeping story of love, hope, and grace! The Bible is God’s message to us, and He still uses it to speak to us today. But, the Bible can be difficult to read and understand. Especially to see how its many individual parts work together to tell one amazing story. We also know it can be hard to see how God’s story interacts with your story.

Our Crossroads family is on a year-long journey through God’s Word. Will you join us? Beginning October 1, 2017, we have trekked through the Bible together using The Story as our guide. Developed by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee, this tool takes the NIV text of the Bible and removes all the chapter and verse numbers so that the Bible reads like a novel. It also focuses on the stories in scripture, placing them in chronological order to help us see how these stories fit together. The result is an opportunity for you and your family to engage with the Bible from a new perspective and dig deep to see how your story fits into God’s larger story. You’ll never be the same!

Our Sunday morning teaching is centered on The Story as well as our CrossTraining class, small groups, kids ministry, and more. See below for a tentative schedule. Books are available free-of-charge at our welcome table.

Don’t miss this chance to join us on an incredible journey! Feel free to jump on board at any point! God’s story is awesome, and He wants His story to be your story. We hope your family will come along with our family as we learn to see what God’s story means for our story!

Our Approach

As we dig into God’s word together, we’ll be focusing on three main components as we try to get to the point of seeing God’s story through our lives: The Upper Story, The Lower Story, and The Immanuel Factor. This short overview from Pastor Eric will give you the main ideas:

  • The Upper Story – God’s Big Picture
    • Who God is and His character
    • The story God is telling
    • How we see God at work to be with us
  • The Lower Story – God’s Presence with Us
    • God interacting with humanity
    • God’s love breaking through
    • God’s love alive through biblical characters
  • The Immanuel Factor – How it all points to Jesus
    • How does Jesus’ story point to each of us?
    • How does my life story now point to Jesus?

Itinerary for our Journey

*What follows is tentative and will be updated as we move through The Story over the coming months. When available, each Sunday’s message will be linked below.

Date Big Picture Weekly Topic Weekly Text Book(s) of the Bible
10/1 God Pursuing His Family Intro & Overview: The Old Testament from 39,000′  
10/8 Creation to Noah The Story: Ch. 1
Genesis 1-4, 6-9
Genesis
 10/15 God Preparing His Family to Reach the Nations Abraham & Isaac The Story: Ch. 2
Genesis 12-13, 15-17, 21-22; Romans 4; Hebrews 11
 10/22 From Jacob to Israel The Story: Ch. 2
Genesis 32-33, 35; Hebrews 11
 10/29 Joseph: Clothed in Power
The Story: Ch. 3
Genesis 37, 39, 41-48, 50
 11/5 Moses: Humble Servant & Friend of God
The Story: Ch. 4
Exodus 1-7, 10-17
 Exodus
 11/12 To the Mountain
The Story: Ch. 4-5
Exodus 19-20, 24-25; Deuteronomy 5
 11/19 From the Mountain
The Story: Ch. 5
Exodus 32-34, 40; Deuteronomy 6; Matthew 7, 22
 11/26 Are We There Yet?: Israel Rejects God
The Story: Ch. 6
Numbers 10-14, 20-21
Numbers Deuteronomy
12/3 Ready for the Promised Land/Rest (no audio)
The Story: Ch. 6
Numbers 22-25; Deuteronomy 1-2, 4, 6, 8-9, 29-32; Hebrews 4
12/10 Joshua: The Battle Begins The Story: Ch. 7
Joshua 1-2, 6, 8
Joshua
12/17 Joshua: The Battle Continues (no audio)
The Story: Ch. 7
Joshua 10-11, 23-24
12/24 Christmas Eve – Celebrate the birth of Jesus with us!
12/31 New Year’s Eve – Join us for a special worship & reflection service!
1/7 God Pursuing the Nations through one Nation (Israel) The Judges: Gideon The Story: Ch. 8
Judges 2-4, 6-8
Judges
1/14 The Judges: Samson The Story: Ch. 8
Judges 13-16
1/21 Ruth: Redeemed for a Purpose The Story: Ch. 9
Ruth 1-4
Ruth
1/28 Samuel & Saul The Story: Ch. 10
1 Samuel 1-4, 8-13, 15
1 & 2 Samuel
1 Chronicles
Psalms
2/4 David: What are you looking for?
The Story: Ch. 11
1 Samuel 16-18, 24, 31; 2 Samuel 6, 22; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalm 59
2/11 David: Dealing with Darkness
The Story: Ch. 12
2 Samuel 11-12, 18-19, 1 Chronicles 22, 29; Psalms 23, 32, 51
2/18 Solomon: The King Who Had it All The Story: Ch. 13
1 Kings 1-8, 10-11; 2 Chronicles 5-7
1 & 2 Kings
2 Chronicles
Proverbs
Hosea
Amos
Isaiah
 2/25 Pointing to Jesus A Kingdom Torn in Two The Story: Ch. 14
1 Kings 12-16
3/4 God’s Messengers: Elijah The Story: Ch. 15
1 Kings 17-19
3/11 God’s Messengers: Elisha The Story: Ch. 15
2 Kings 2, 4, 6
3/18 God’s Messengers: Amos & Hosea The Story: Ch. 15
Hosea 4-5, 8-9, 14; Amos 1, 3-5, 9
3/25 God’s Messengers: Isaiah
The Beginning of the End
The Story: Ch. 16
2 Kings 17-19; Isaiah 3, 6, 13-14, 49, 53
4/1 Easter – We celebrate the historical and mighty resurrection of Jesus!
 4/8

God Pursuing the Nations

God Restoring One Nation (Israel)

God’s Messengers: Ezekiel The Story: Ch. 17
Ezekiel 1-2, 6-7, 36-37; 2 Kings 21, 23-25; 2 Chronicles 33, 36
2 Kings
2 Chronicles
Jeremiah
Lamentations
EzekielJeremiah
Daniel
4/15 God’s Messengers: Jeremiah The Story: Ch. 17
Jeremiah 1-2, 4-5, 13, 21; Lamentations 1-3, 5
4/22 Daniel: Hope Through Exile The Story: Ch. 18
Daniel 1-3, 6; Jeremiah 29-31
4/29 God is on a Mission (video) Tri-Annual Meet & Eat Discussion
5/6 Pointing to Jesus The Return Home The Story: Ch. 19
Ezra 1-6
Ezra
Nehemiah
Haggai
Zechariah
Esther
Malachi
5/13 The Shaking: Haggai & Zechariah The Story: Ch. 19
Haggai 1-2; Zechariah 1, 8; Heb 12
5/20 Esther | Position, Platform, Power The Story: Ch. 20
Esther 1-9
5/27 Rebuilding the Walls The Story: Ch. 21
Ezra 7; Nehemiah 1-2, 4, 6-8
6/3 God’s Messengers: Malachi The Story: Ch. 21
Malachi 1-4
6/10 Intertestimental Period Intro & Overview: The New Testament from 39,000′  
6/17 God Pursuing His Family through Jesus The Birth of the King The Story: Ch. 22
Matthew 1-2; Luke 1-2; John 1
Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
6/24 Jesus’ Ministry Begins: Part 1 The Story: Ch. 23
Matthew 3-4; Mark 1-3; Luke 8; John 1-4
7/1 Jesus’ Ministry Begins: Part 2 The Story: Ch. 23
Matthew 3-4; Mark 1-3; Luke 8; John 1-4
7/8 No Ordinary Man: Part 1 The Story: Ch. 24
Matthew 5-7, 9, 14; Mark 4-6; Luke 10, 15; John 6
7/15 No Ordinary Man: Part 2 The Story: Ch. 24
Matthew 5-7, 9, 14; Mark 4-6; Luke 10, 15; John 7
7/22 Jesus, the Son of God: Part 1 The Story: Ch. 25
Matthew 17, 21; Mark 8-12; Luke 9, 22; John 7-8, 11-12
7/29 Jesus, the Son of God: Part 2 The Story: Ch. 25
Matthew 17, 21; Mark 8-12; Luke 9, 22; John 7-8, 11-12
8/5 The Hour of Darkness The Story: Ch. 26
Matthew 26-27; Mark 14-15; Luke 22-23; John 13-14, 16-19
8/12 The Resurrection: Part 1 The Story: Ch. 27
Matthew 27-28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 19-21
8/19 The Resurrection: Part 2 The Story: Ch. 27
Matthew 27-28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 19-21
8/26 God Pursuing the Nations Through Jesus New Beginnings: The Church The Story: Ch. 28
Acts 1-10, 12
Acts
Romans
1 Corinthians
Galatians
Ephesians
1 Thessalonians
2 Timothy
9/2 New Beginnings: From Saul to Paul The Story: Ch. 28-29
Acts 13-14, 16-20; Romans 1, 3-6, 8, 12, 15
9/9 Paul’s Mission The Story: Ch. 29
1 Corinthians 1, 3, 5-6, 10, 12-13, 15-16; Galatians 1, 3, 5-6; 1 Thessalonians
9/16 Paul’s Final Days The Story: Ch. 30
Acts 20-23, 27-28; Ephesians; 2 Timothy
9/23 The End of Time: Part 1 The Story: Ch. 31
Revelation 1-5
Revelation
9/30 The End of Time: Part 2 The Story: Ch. 31
Revelation 19-22
10/7 To be continued…