One brief way of summarizing the vocation of the church of Jesus Christ is to say that it is the community that lives by the story of Jesus. We believe, teach, and confess that Jesus Christ is the ‘desire of every nation’ (Hag 2:7) and that his story is also the story of Israel. As Lauren Winner puts it, in the church the nations are given ‘intimacy with the God of Israel’.
To live by this story, we have to know this story, which means we must know how to read the Scriptures which tell this story. The Scriptures set out before us a grand drama of God’s rescue and restoration of his good creation, which begins with Abraham and Israel and culminates in Christ and the church which lives the story of Christ.
In the first half of 2019, we will be exploring our story by reading together Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen’s The Drama of Scripture. Jonathan Warren, Ascension’s Associate Rector, will teach six sessions on the narrative arc of Scripture, corresponding to the six ‘acts’ of the drama of redemption that Bartholomew and Goheen highlight.
This new year, make it a priority to immerse yourself in the Scriptures through the Daily Office or through the many Bible in One Year programs that are available online. Join us as well for this course as we explore how these texts fit together and how they proclaim the good news of the reconciliation of all things to God in Jesus Christ. Contact Jonathan Warren at email@example.com for more information.
Saturday, January 19, 9:30 – 11am Act 1: God Establishes His Kingdom: Creation (Reading, pp. 1 – 38)
Saturday, February 16, 9:30 – 11am Act 2: Rebellion in the Kingdom: Fall (pp. 39 – 44)
Saturday, March 16, 9:30 – 11am Act 3: The King Chooses Israel: Redemption Initiated (pp. 45 – 118)
Saturday, April 13, 9:30 – 11am Act 4: The Coming of the King: Redemption Accomplished (pp. 119 – 184)
Saturday, May 11, 9:30 – 11am Act 5: Spreading the News of the King: The Church (pp. 185 – 226)
Saturday, June 8, 9:30 – 11am Act 6: The Return of the King: Redemption Completed (pp. 227 – 234).