“The Bible is central to our faith,” said the Rev. Gregg Wilgus of Ocean View Church of Christ, “but many people are intimidated by its scope and size. ‘The Story’ gives us a way to journey from Genesis to Revelation together in 31 weeks so everyone understands God’s story and how their story intersects with it.”
The Bible is the best-selling book in history. A Gallup survey reports the average American household has four Bibles. However, research by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (2008) found that only 16 percent of Americans read the Bible every day.
Ocean View Church of Christ is hoping to reverse this trend, starting with its own congregation. Wilgus said he believes that “The Story,” a Zondervan best-seller, is the right tool to increase Biblical literacy, “helping readers understand God’s story from Genesis to Revelation and how their own stories intersect with God’s.” Consisting of 31 chapters of carefully selected scriptures sequenced in chronological order, he said, “The Story presents the word of God in an engaging format, reading like a novel.”
“I want the people in my congregation, as well as the Ocean View community, to realize the incredible love God has for them and how their story is found in His story,” said Wilgus.
The Story Church Campaign is a program providing up to 31 weeks of curriculum for children, teen and adult Sunday school and up to 31 weeks of corresponding sermons. When accompanied by reading through the age-related books of “The Story,” the entire church can be literally on the same page for 31 weeks. Ocean View Church of Christ plans to begin the experience on Oct. 6, with Bible School for all ages at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. Fellowship time and continental breakfast will be offered at 9 a.m. For more information, visit oceanviewchurchofchrist.com.