Local congregation participating in ‘The Story’ Bible education program
AVON — The Bible is the best-selling book in human history, but how many people in the Vail Valley are actually reading it? A Gallup survey reports the average American household has four Bibles. However, research by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in 2008 found that only 16 percent of Americans read the Bible every day.
Eagle River Presbyterian Church is hoping to reverse this trend, starting with its own congregation. Pastor Rob Wilson believes that “The Story,” a Zondervan best-seller, is an excellent tool to increase Biblical literacy, helping readers understand God’s story from Genesis to Revelation and how their own stories intersect with God’s.
“The Bible is central to our faith,” Wilson said, “and although reading the Bible is one of the most common ‘to-dos’ on Americans’ bucket lists, many people are intimidated by its scope, content and size. ‘The Story’ gives people a way to journey from Genesis to Revelation together in 31 weeks, so multi-generations of people can read God’s story and how their story intersects with it.”
Consisting of 31 chapters of carefully selected scriptures sequenced in chronological order, “The Story” presents the word of God in an engaging format, reading like a novel.
“My desire is that the people in our congregation, as well as the Vail Valley, will come to realize the incredible love God has for them and how their story is found in his story,” Wilson said.
The Story Church Campaign is a unique 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 five age-related books (“The Story,” “The Story: Teen Edition,” “The Story for Kids,” “The Story for Children” and “The Story for Little Ones”), the entire church can be literally on the same page for 31 weeks. Eagle River Presbyterian Church plans to begin the experience on Sunday.
With thousands of participating churches nationwide, “The Story” is becoming a movement that is bringing wide-ranging benefits to local churches. Many have reported increased community outreach, increased Biblical literacy, congregational growth and a greater understanding of how God’s story reveals the reasons for the things that happen in their individual stories.
Eagle River Presbyterian Church is located at 455 Nottingham Ranch Road in Avon. Sunday services start at 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.erpc.org.