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STORY

As a church, we value Story. In other words, we seek to: know God’s story, discover our city’s story, find our part in The Story.

One of the reasons why Yahweh has given us so much story, so much narrative in Scripture, is because stories determine how we see ourselves, others and the world, and how we experience God.

Throw a rule book at people’s head, or offer them a list of doctrines, and they can duck or avoid it, or simply disagree and go away. Tell them a story though, and invite them into a community of people living by that story, and you invite them to step into a different world; you invite them to share an entire worldview. And when someone comes into the Gospel story and finds how compelling it is, it begins to quietly shatter the worldview that they were in already. There is no telling what can happen, when God himself breathes new lives and new worlds into being through his word. (N.T. Wright)

As the Author of Life, Jesus has included all of us into his grand narrative. Publicly reading Scripture allows us to understand our place in it as a community. It also wields power to challenge whatever preexisting stories we have about God, ourselves, and the world. Biblical narrative and poetry creates an active environment inside our imagination, shaping the very fabric of what we believe to be plausible!

With all this in mind, our teachings series will regularly walk through the overall narrative scope of the Bible, so that we know God’s story. 

Early in the life of our church, we will offer a monthly rotation of classes to discover God’s story, our city’s story, and our part in The Story. Story Course will allow people the opportunity to understand God as the Author of The Story, with Jesus as the culmination of The Story, and – in light of our city’s story and how God has made us – our part in The Story.

People will learn how their gifts and passions and calling fit into the Larger Story that God is writing, and giving them the opportunity to take their next step, whether that next step is:

1)    Following Jesus

2)    Joining Community

3)    Serving Oakland

(See: How to Read the Bible, from the Bible Project; Reframe Course, by Regent College; Read the Bible for a Change, by Ray Lubeck)