Currently, SonChasers (3’s – 4th grade) uses a curriculum called ‘The Gospel Project.’ In September, they will begin a 3 year chronological journey through the Bible. It will trace God’s story from Genesis to Revelation, from God the Creator, to God who makes all things new. The curriculum is outstanding and we’re thrilled about the next generation growing in their understanding of the overall story of God and how we fit into that story.
On September 6, in the Living Room, we will begin that same chronological journey through the Bible. So the verses and story that SonChasers look at on a particular morning will be the same verses and story that we’ll be looking at as students and adults in the Living Room. We’re really excited about beginning this journey, and believe it will be a great opportunity to grow in our understanding of who God is, to be encouraged by His living Word, and to be reminded of the story that the Lord has written and is writing in our lives.
Below are several questions you may have as we begin this new journey:
So we’re beginning a series that is 3 years long?
Yes and no. The 3 year chronological journey is broken into 16 series that are each around 12 weeks long each. So the new person who walks into Crosspoint one year into the journey, won’t be lost or feel out of place.
So we’re going to start using a kids’ curriculum?
No. SonChasers (3’s – 4th grade) will be using the Gospel Project curriculum, but in the Living Room, we’ll simply be using the text(s) and teaching from the Bible that morning.
How will this affect our sermon-based community groups?
This is one of the things we’re most excited about! Groups will remain sermon based. The Gospel Project produces an adult community group curriculum that will come out quarterly. The curriculum is really well done, and will be a great resource for Crosspointers to use to help us engage in the Bible and engage with one another in relationship. You can find out more about the available resources here.
Will this journey teach on every verse in the Bible?
No. It covers much of the Bible, but three years would not even be adequate to teach on all of the Bible. Our hope is that outside of Sunday mornings, Crosspointers will be working through reading the Bible on their own, and we intend on producing a Bible reading plan that will coincide with the different series.
Won’t we be in the Old Testament a long time?
Yes. 🙂 We’ll be in Genesis to Malachi from fall 2015 to winter 2017. And then Matthew to Revelation from spring 2017 to summer 2018. This journey will be a great way for us to intentionally navigate the Old Testament and the words the Lord has given to us there. The Old Testament is not moral stories we learn from, but stories that point to Jesus and teach us about who our God is. If you’ve been intimidated by the Old Testament, we believe this will be a great way to grow in our understanding of it.
So will this just be Bible stories with no real world, daily life application?
Not at all. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. The Old Testament is no exception. Verse 16 says ‘all’ Scripture is God-breathed. We believe the Bible is not a dusty history book, but its words are living and active. Which means the verses that we’ll be looking at each Sunday will be useful. They will not only tell us about our God, but encourage, teach, rebuke, correct, and train us to follow and love Jesus in our daily lives and relationships. We want to be at the point where faith and life cross.
Is there a chance that we may stop this 3 year journey for another series?
Yes. SonChasers (3’s – 4th grade) will continue on their 3 year chronological journey no matter what, but there may come a time or a season where we (students and adults in the Living Room) hit ‘pause’ and look at another topic or text.
Is HYPE doing this too?
No. Because many of our HYPE students also attend on Sunday mornings, HYPE will continue to do their own series and topics on Wednesday nights.
How will this help us make disciples?
For parents of SonChasers children (3’s – 4th grade), our hope is that this will give you weekly things to discuss and talk about. That conversations of faith and life can happen not only after Sundays, but as you look at your Bibles together that week at home. For all of us, this will help us grow in our understanding of Scripture, and therefore, grow in our love for Jesus, love for one another, and love for those that we are driven to reach.
If you have questions at all, don’t hesitate to contact Pastor Dave (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“Every story casts His shadow. Every word, every verse, bears His testimony.”