Introducing: The Big Story

Introducing: The Big Story

The Bible isn't just a book of rules, quaint quotations and doctrines, it's one big story. It's the story of the world, it's God's story and we are invited to play a part in it...

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Ben Baker

Ben Baker

Ben is the Director of The Bridge. The directing may look a little different than Marty Scorcese but it means he's bossing everyone around at The Bridge. Having spent a good number of years as a Children's & Youth Worker, he's now an Ordinand in the Church of England, but that doesn't mean he's leaving young people behind. He's passionate about an all-age church, biblical teaching and spirit-filled ministry, and you'll probably find him in his spare time reading theological tomes or devouring the IMDb 250 database.

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The Big Story #6: God's Church

The Big Story #6: God's Church

Rounding off our big Bible overview we look to the conclusion of the story and what we need to do to get there. God has chosen us to play a part in it, but how? What does it mean to be God's church?

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The Big Story #5: God's Son

The Big Story #5: God's Son

It all points to Him, everything that had come before, the promises, the prophecies, the people. Here we reach the climax of God's story in a person, God's son, Jesus Christ. We don't understand him until we see how he fits into what's come before.

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The Big Story #3: God's Kingdom

The Big Story #3: God's Kingdom

Look around the world and we see kings, presidents, leaders who are very much flawed. Israel had a king - God, but they wanted a human king. We look at how that worked out for God's people.

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The Big Story #2: God's People

The Big Story #2: God's People

God's story is both cosmic in scope and intimate in care, we see that as he chose to fulfil his purposes in a family. But why did God choose Abraham and the people of Israel to be the ones who would be a blessing to the whole world?

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Introducing: The Big Story

Have you ever had a moment when you’ve asked for directions? You’ve received a long, complicated set of instructions: “go left, take the second right, two more lefts and then take the fourth street on the right…or was it the fifth?” Bear with me, assume your phone with Google Maps and GPS at the ready is out of battery!

What we really need when we’re lost is not a set of instructions, that should we take one wrong instruction at some point leaves us in completely the wrong destination, but a map! We need to see the whole journey mapped out in front of us, to find our place on it and look out for the helpful landmarks.

Believe it or not, this is not that dissimilar from reading the Bible.

The Bible is not just a book of rules, instructions or quotations but one big story. Until we understand the overarching narrative of scripture and how it all fits together, we’ll all too often find ourselves taking verses out of their context, struggle to reconcile seeming contradictions and camp out in the safety of our favourite passages.

To understand the Bible we have to recognise that this book is made up of 66 different books, written by different authors in different genres of writing. But we also have to realise that it is nonetheless written by ONE author, the living God, inspiring and drawing it all together into one consistent narrative. It’s a story that starts in the beginning (Genesis means beginning!), unfolds the purposes of God in the world through his chosen people, through their successes, failures, ups and downs, climaxes in the revelation and redemption of God in Christ in the gospels, the impact this has in the years following and ultimately looks forward to how it’s all going to conclude in a happy ending. Beginning, middle and end. Setting, conflict, climax, and resolution.

This story helps us make sense of our world. It’s the story of the whole universe from where it came to where it’s going. It’s cosmic in scope, it is world history, and it explains the meaning of life.

This story helps us understand the Bible. We understand why Christianity took the shape it did in the first century and why ancient Judaism is so important. We see how everything points to Jesus, ‘every story whispers His name’ as a brilliant children’s Bible storybook tells us.*

This story invites us to live for something bigger than ourselves. Think of a favourite inspiring film – perhaps Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Hunger Games and their lead characters Frodo, Luke, Katniss. We are hardwired to be drawn to great stories of adventure, purpose and redemption, they inspire, not just entertain. The Bible’s narrative invites us to play our part in the big story.

Want to find out more about how it all fits together, read the rest of this series!

Part 1: God’s creation

Part 2: God’s people

Part 3: God’s kingdom

Part 4: God’s prophets

Part 5: God’s Son

Part 6: God’s Church

*The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones is incredible, definitely not just for kids, it is beautiful.

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