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The Biblical Meta-narrative – 12.26.21

Sunday, December 26: The Biblical Metanarrative

Approaching the Bible as an outsider can be a pretty confusing process, and the framework that seasoned Christians often take for granted is actually a pretty amazing thing. As we read the Bible, we read through different genres of literature, penned by many different human authors, separated by thousands of years, that still manage to tell one cohesive story.

Scholars might call this overarching story a “meta-narrative” or the story that orders the story, and it helps us understand who God is, and where we fit in God’s plan.

Flipping through your Bible at random can lead to some seemingly unconnected stories:

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

“For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.”

“And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.”

“With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.”

Taken as separate incidents, these are confusing and even concerning events, that don’t seem to belong to the same story. But taken as a whole, each of these seemingly isolated stories contribute to the self-disclosure of God to humans. Creator God is bringing fallen humans home.

Join us this week as we talk about God’s big story, and how we understand our place in it. See you Sunday!

There will only be one service at 11:00 this Sunday! If you can’t make it in person, you can watch live at that time.


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