Stay in the Story

Our desire is to discover God’s great salvation history, the truest of true stories, and embrace this  meta-narrative as our own. We aim to start at the beginning in Genesis and work our way through the Bible chronologically to grasp the totality and fullness of God’s sovereign plan of redemption. We will trace the time-line of God’s actions through the course of the only history that redeems all of history. Instead of isolating Jesus from salvation history we will seek to

understand Jesus and our discipleship in the light of this providential trajectory of humility and triumph. We want to stay in the story of Jesus Christ and his grace, for the sake of fulfilling our mission, growing in Christ and doing theology. The student should acquire an ability to describe the course of salvation history through each biblical book, to highlight the major theme of each book, and to explain the interrelationship of each part to the whole. Everybody has a story but only one story redeems our story. This is the coherent, compelling story that we seek to comprehend and communicate with all our heart and mind.

Chapter 1      Preface and Introduction to Stay in the Story

Chapter 2      In the Beginning  – Genesis 1-2

Chapter 3      From Eden to Babel – Genesis 3-11

Chapter 4     The Faith of Abraham – Genesis 12-25

Chapter 5     The God of Jacob – Genesis 25-36

Chapter 6     Joseph – The Promise Bearer – Genesis 37-50

Chapter 7     Yahweh is – I Am -Exodus 1-14

Chapter 8     Life in the Wilderness – Exodus 15-40

Chapter 9     Holiness – Leviticus 1-27

Chapter 10   Guidance in the Wilderness – Numbers 1-36

Chapter 11   The Message of Moses – Deuteronomy 1-34

Chapter 12   The Gospel According to Job  – Job 1-42

Chapter 13   Preface – The Promised Land – Joshua 1-24

Chapter 14   The Judge of Judges – Judges 1-21

Chapter 15   Ruth’s Reward – Ruth 1-4

Chapter 16   To Obey is Better than Sacrifice- I Samuel 1-15

Chapter 17   Praying our Pain – The Psalms 

Chapter 18   Praying our Praise – The Psalms 

Chapter 19   Solomon in All His Glory – I Kings 1-11;2 Chronicles 1-9

Chapter 20   Wisdom’s Story- Proverbs

Chapter 21   Wisdom Under the Sun – Ecclesiastes

Chapter 22   The Song of Songs – Song of Solomon

Chapter 23   Elijah – 1 Kings 12-19

Chapter 24   Elisha – Remnant and the Cross – 1 Kings 19- 2 Kings 8

Chapter 25   Joel and the Valley of Decision – Joel 1-3

Chapter 26   The Sign of Jonah – Jonah 1-4

Chapter 27   Yahweh Roars and Amos Prophesies – Amos 1-9

Chapter 28   Hosea’s Love Story – Hosea 1-14

Chapter 29   Isaiah’s Vision of the Holy One of Israel – Isaiah 1-6

Chapter 30    Isaiah’s Message – Isaiah 7-12

Chapter 31   The Lord of the Nations – Isaiah 13-39

Chapter 32   The Servant of the Lord – Isaiah 40-55 

Chapter 33   The Anointed One – Isaiah 56-66

Chapter 34  Micah

Chapter 35  Josiah’s True Repentance

Chapter 36  Habakkuk’s Burden – Habakkuk 1-3

Chapter 37  Zephaniah’s Day of the Lord – Zephaniah 1-3

Chapter 38  The Call of Jeremiah – Jeremiah 1-6

Chapter 39  Jeremiah’s Temple Sermon – Jeremiah 7-11

Chapter 40  The Confessions of Jeremiah – Jeremiah 12-20

Chapter 41  Bad Leadership – Jeremiah 21-26

Chapter 42  The Future Hope – Jeremiah 27-39

Chapter 43  The New Covenant – Jeremiah 30-31

Chapter 44  A Gethsemane Life – Jeremiah 32-38, Lamentations 1-5

Chapter 45  Resisting Renewal – Jeremiah 46-52

Chapter 46  A Prophet to the Nations – Jeremiah 46-52

Chapter 47  Ezekiel – Strengthened by God – Ezekial 1-48

Chapter 48  Daniel’s Stories and Visions – Daniel 1-3

Chapter 49  Enlarge Your Vision – Daniel 4-5 

Chapter 50  Belshazzar’s Banquet – Daniel 5

Chapter 51  The God of Daniel – Daniel 6

Chapter 52  Daniel’s Prophecy of the End – Daniel 7-12

Chapter 53  Obadiah’s New Day

Chapter 54  Ezra – Moving the Past forward – Ezra 1-10

Chapter 55  Haggai – The Material God – Haggai 1-21

Chapter 56  Zechariah’s Vision of the Household of Faith – Zechariah 1-8

Chapter 57  The Shepherd King – Zechariah 9-14

Chapter 58  Ezra and the Second Exodus – Ezra 6-19

Chapter 59  The Hidden God of Esther – Esther 1-10

Chapter 60  Nehemiah’s Stay in the Story Legacy – Nehemiah 1-13

Chapter 61  Malachi’s Crisis – Malachi 1-4