The Story

"The Story" is a church-wide movement to better know and grow in God’s Word. From September 2018-June 2019 we are reading "The Story," a condensed chronological Bible that will equip all ages to discover a deeper appreciation of our spiritual roots and develop a solid foundation of Bible literacy. 

"The Story" Chapter 19

Questions for reflection:

  • God used a pagan king to end the exile. Has God used an unexpected person or unwelcome circumstance to shape your faith? Can you see these as part of his plan?
  • How did the people of Haggai’s day make their priorities; what was their “big thing?” What resulted from putting “second things first?” Is there a lesson from God for you in this?
  • When the temple was complete, there was joy, dedication and worship. What can you celebrate today? Share an accomplishment for which you can thank God for his presence, strength, and joy in your life. 


Video Summaries


What is "The Story"?

"The Story" is a condensed chronological Bible that we will read together to discover and re-discover God's story, and our place in it. 

What is the difference between The Story and the Bible?

"The Story" is a condensed chronological Bible, with the text taken straight from the NIV translation of the Bible. Reading like a novel, this rendering of the Bible allows its stories, poems, and teachings to come together in a single, compelling narrative.

How do I get a copy of The Story?

"The Story" is available for sale in the church bookstore or online:

So what does it mean to participate?

As a church family, we will discover and re-discover God's story, and our place in it. There are a variety of ways to participate on Sunday mornings:
  • "The Story" in Worship: Sundays, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.: Our sermons from September through May will follow the 31 chapters of "The Story."
  • The Rest of "The Story": Sundays, 10-10:45 a.m. in Stone Hall: Explore how the Bible holds meaning in your life today through a weekly video summary and small group discussion.
  • Exploring "The Story": Sundays, 9:30-9:55 a.m., Stone Hall: A prelude summary to "The Rest of the Story" that provides context and content for table hosts and others, led by Dr. Quinn Fox.
  • "The Story" In Depth: Sundays, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Chapel: Come for a deep dive into the context and content of "The Story" with R.V. Seep
    Class materials:
    "The Story" Annotated   |   Appendix A: Old Testament    |   Appendix B: New Testament
  • "The Story" for Children and Youth (age 2-12th grade): Sundays, 9:30-10:45 a.m.: Children and youth are invited to their own age-appropriate programming for "The Story." Childcare is also available for children age 4 and under.

What will Sundays look like for my family?

Families have two Sunday morning options:

Option 1: 9 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

  • 9:00 a.m.: Worship in the Sanctuary. 
  • 9:30-10:45 a.m.: Children and youth leave after the Time for Children in worship for "The Story" for Children and "The Story" for Youth.
  • 10:00-10:45 a.m.: Adults gather for The Rest of "The Story" in Stone Hall.

Option 2: 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

  • 9:30-10:45 a.m.: Children, youth, and adults meet for "The Story" for Children, "The Story" for Youth, Exploring "The Story," and “The Story" In Depth.
  • 10:00-10:45 a.m.: Adults gather for The Rest of "The Story" in Stone Hall.
  • 11:00 a.m.: Worship in the Sanctuary or Jones Hall.

Do I have to come each week?

You'll get the full story of God's word told from beginning to end if you can come every week, but don't worry if you have to miss a week! Come whenever you are able.

How else can I engage in "The Story"?

  • Small Groups: Find friendship, grow spiritually, be cared for and serve one another in a small group! Anyone can join a group; all ages and stages gather at different times and locations in the DC area—just let us know your preferences. Sign up for a small group.
  • Individual study: Follow a reading guide with questions for reflection.

Reading Guide


  • A year-long daily devotional, The Story: 365 Devotionals, is available for purchase at the church bookstore or may be purchased online.