Formation Area 1:
The Story of God
God is telling one story from Genesis to Revelation which culminates in the person and work of Jesus. The story is about a coming King and his kingdom – and is the true story of the world. Being formed by the “Story of God” means knowing the story and spending time reflecting on it for the meaning of our lives. It is the story we live in and the story we live out.
“The story you live in is the story you live out.”
— Pete Hughes
01 THE BIG PICTURE of the bible
04 THE OLD TESTAMENT
Know how the Old Testament prepares for and anticipates the coming of Jesus and his kingdom. Discover how its 39 books are arranged into various genres (law, history, prophetic writing, wisdom literature). Here's a helpful video overview.
05 THE NEW TESTAMENT
Know how the New Testament reveals Jesus and his kingdom. Discover how its 27 books relate to the Old Testament and how they are arranged into various genres (biographies, history, letters, apocalyptic literature). Here's a helpful video overview.
Understand why theology is important (and inescapable). Discover how knowing theology helps you understand (and appreciate) the riches of what Jesus has accomplished in the gospel. Here is an article on "Ten Reasons Why Theology Matters."
07 THE CREEDS
If you’d like to grow more in your understand of discipleship, check out some recommended reading in order to understand the goal of discipleship, formation, and the kingdom of God.
Other recommended reading:
The big picture of Scripture:
How to see Jesus at the center:
How to study the Bible:
- Who Needs Theology? (Grenz/Olson)
- Everyone’s a Theologian (Sproul)
- 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith (Allison)
- New Morning Mercies (devotional)
- The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms (Kellers)
- The One-Year Bible
- Know the Creeds and Councils (Homcomb)
- The Creedal Imperative (Trueman)