Seven Sundays this summer, from July 7-August 25, 2019, we’ll follow a worship series called, Binge Reading the Bible.
This series takes its cues from our social obsession with binge-watching shows on Netflix and instead focuses on reading large chunks of the Bible all at once.
People routinely binge-watch entire television series all at once. From The Office to Game of Thrones, many of us know the guilty pleasure of pressing that “play next episode” button as the credits roll. This tendency to consume large chunks of the story mirrors the way in which many parts of the Bible were originally read. Rather than digesting a few verses here and there, the earliest Biblical audiences binge-read whole large portions of the scriptures, and in doing so, gained a perspective of the story that we often miss.
Binge Reading the Bible seeks to recapture that essential knowledge of the Bible in its entirety. Each week, we’ll look at one of the major genres found within scripture, providing an introductory glimpse into each one. We’re also going to encourage people to follow our 48-day Bible reading plan.
This is a different sort of series. Rather than examine a few verses in each sermon, our hope is to cover an entire genre. This means that we’ll have to favor broad descriptions and look for overall purpose rather than focusing on one story.
Binge Read the Bible in 7 Weeks
In our first week of the series, we’ll look at some of the earliest stories in our Biblical narrative. Starting with the creation of the world and going through the exodus of God’s people, this sermon will attempt to look at the foundational stories of our faith.
1 Samuel 8:4-22
The historical books of the Bible are some of the most dramatic, epic stories we have. The people of God demand that they have a king, just like the other nations of the earth. But when you look like everyone else, you often experience the same sort of troubles as well. This sermon will look at the grand story of the Kingdoms of Israel and Judea, touching on their formation, their conquest, and eventual fall.
A significant portion of the Bible is made up of songs, poetry, and proverbs. In week three, we’ll discuss the role these books play in our understanding of who God is and how we express our faith today.
How does God respond to the failure of human systems and institutions? The prophetic books of the Bible are about speaking truth to power and the persistence of God’s justice in the face of corruption and greed. This sermon will examine the ways ordinary men and women stood against oppression, and what our faithful call must look like.
John 1:1-5; 9-14
The gospels tell the story of Jesus of Nazareth, the son of God. They are the central stories of the Christian faith. But why are there four separate gospels? This week, we’ll look at the story behind the story and examine the authorship of the gospels, their purpose, and their significance in our postmodern world.
1 Corinthians 1:1-3; 10-17
Some of the only remnants we have of the earliest church communities, the Epistles show us that even the first Christian communities faced their own unique divisions, troubles, and concerns. As we look at the letters of Paul and the other apostles, we might also wonder what letters would be written to our own
Scripture: Daniel 7:9-15
Perhaps some of the most misunderstood parts of the Bible, the apocalyptic books of the Bible (Daniel and Revelation) nevertheless spark our corporate imagination about the end of the world. Though many books of the Bible include some eschatological claims, none do so more vividly than these two. Do the visions of the past really predict our hope for the future?