Kevin Larter – Junior High Pastor, Gilbert campus
As I’m sure you know by now, we are beginning a nearly year-long journey through The Story very soon. I’m excited about this for several reasons, but the number one reason is that the whole family gets to experience it. Adults, students, and kids—everyone will journey through The Story together.
This past Sunday in our Junior High services I got to talk about The Story, and why it is so important to read, know, and live the Bible. But whenever I talk about how important the Bible is, I inevitably get some push-back. Students—as well as adults—have all sorts of excuses for why they don’t engage with the Bible on a regular basis. And it usually boils down to this thought: “The Bible is boring.”
So on Sunday, to challenge that line of thinking, I asked the students what type of story interests them the most—action, comedy, drama, love story, or sci-fi. Maybe you want to answer that question for yourself.
For those who picked action, the Bible is chock-full of action: wars, fighting, and some of the most epic battles in history. My personal favorite action sequence is probably when Samson fought and killed 1000 men…by himself…with nothing but the jawbone of a donkey! (Judges 15) Classic action sequence!
For those who picked comedy—did you know that there is a talking donkey in the Bible? (Numbers 22) And you thought Shrek came up with that. One of my personal favorite comedic moments in Scripture is when the prophet Elijah is trash-talking the prophets of Baal about how lame their false god is. (1 Kings 18) Funny stuff!
For those who picked drama—what type of drama do you want? Family drama? Well you’ve got Cain murdering his brother Abel, Jacob stealing his brother Esau’s birthright, and Joseph’s brothers selling him into slavery. And that’s just the first few chapters of the Bible! (Genesis 4, 25, & 37) Or maybe you like your drama on a higher level. Well you’ve got kings waging war against each other, nations building alliances then tearing them down, liars, betrayers, spies, and much, much more. If you like drama, it’s all there.
For those hopeless romantics who picked love stories, there is a bunch to choose from. My personal favorite is when Jacob works for his future father-in-law for 14 years to win the hand of his bride but says that the years seemed only like a few days to him because of his love for Rachel. (Genesis 29) Say it with me: “Awwwwww…”
And for those who picked sci-fi—the Bible has angels, demons, multi-headed beasts, burning bush that talks, a violent storm that talks, and people who get taken up into the sky never to be heard from again. Comic Con eat your heart out!
So no matter what type of story you like, the Bible has that story. The Bible is that story. So as we prepare to study the Bible via The Story, get ready for an awesome ride!