Family Ministry

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It’s one BIG story

on March 10, 2013

The Bible isn’t just a book of random stories; it’s 66 books written by 40 authors over 1,600 years, and it all comes together to tell One Story. One incredible overarching narrative about God’s loving pursuit of us, His children.

That’s pretty remarkable.

It’s why I believe that we have a  unique calling as Christian parents and leaders —to do everything we can to tell the best story ever told in a way that connects with the minds and hearts of the next generation. We are not simply trying to get a generation to love the story of God, but to fall in love with the God of the story—the One Big Story.

Why do we tell our kids stories like Jonah, David and Goliath, and Jesus walking on water without helping them to connect the dots? Why do we assume that kids will figure things out on their own, or that they’re not capable enough to know the “Big Picture?” The Bible says, ” Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” Proverbs 22:6. It doesn’t say – Let’s tell our kids a few stories from the Bible, and they’ll figure out how to piece everything together!

There are many Christians and Non-Christians out there that simply don’t understand what being a Christian is all about. And you know what? I blame the teachers. And the parents. We’re called to help the younger generations know and love God – and we need to do a better job of it!

We’ve been using Orange, Andy Stanley’s curriculum for kids – and every month and with every series, we weave the Big Story into our age-specific groups—First Look and 252 Basics. But there are times, seasons when we feel like it’s important to take a step back and be reminded of the big picture.

So – what are some ways that we can help tell our kids the Big Picture story of God; the “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)  to the “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” (Revelation 22:21) story? How do you connect the dots for your kids?

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