For two years I worked as a camp counselor at Camp Tekoa, A United Methodist camp in Hendersonville, NC. I remember thinking to myself during one of the summer sessions that I should know the Bible better. There was no Disciple Bible study or other guided study available in the seventies so I decided the best way to familiarize myself with the Bible was to read it from cover-to-cover. I didn’t get very far. Halfway through Exodus I gave up. I couldn’t follow the story and much of what I was reading just didn’t make sense to me. I needed help. I needed a guide.
The Bible is the best-selling book in history, but how many people are actually reading it? A Gallop survey reports the average American household owns four Bibles. However, research by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (2008) found that only 16 percent of Americans read the Bible every day. The Bible is central to our faith but there are many Christians who have never read the Bible. Many are intimidated by its scope and size as I was.
Fortunately, we have many lesson guides and studies available today to help guide us through the Bible in an effective and fruitful way. One of the wonderful guides is called The Story which gives us a way to journey from Genesis to Revelation together in 31 weeks. The Story provides an opportunity for everyone to understand God’s story and how our story intersects with it. My hope at Clemmons United Methodist is to get as many people as possible reading the Bible.
The Story is a unique journey/study that provides materials for children, teens, and adults. By reading through these age-related books (The Story, The Story: Teen Edition, The Story for Kids, The story for Children, and The Story for Little Ones), the entire church can be on the same page for 31 weeks. We plan to begin this experience at Clemmons United Methodist on June 28, 2015.
I would personally like to invite you to join us in this wonderful journey through the Bible by participating in Sunday morning worship for the 31 weeks of The Story and by reading along in your personal The Story Bible. To get started, you can purchase materials starting on June 14th at our “Food for Thought” Resource Center. Age related materials are available in our youth department and children’s department. You can also download a reading guide by clicking on this link: