The Big Story

NOTHING! Absolutely nothing!  If you are looking for a perfect church then you are going to be very disappointed with us.  At CSBC you’ll find real people, with real problems, who live real lives, and are all learning to love a real God whose grace is more than enough for all our needs. You see, here at CSBC we don’t need to cling to our own “special-ness” or “goodness” because of the cross of Jesus Christ.  At His cross we find that we are really not so “good” after all.  In fact, we discover that we are unquestionably guilty and yet can be unconditionally forgiven. At Jesus’ cross we learn that He does not want to condemn us in our sins but to save us from them.  At the cross we find that God receives us just where we are but He loves us enough not to leave us there.  God can and will change lives.  He is changing us and can change you as well. So here at CSBC there are only people.  People like me.  People like you.  People like us.  People who desperately need God’s grace.  Everyone is welcome to come and receive that grace.  We invite you to join us on this life-changing journey.    Welcome Home to Chestnut Street Baptist Church!

Join us as Pastor Adam begins a new series entitled "The Big Story" where we journey through the 'Big Story' of the Gospel leading up to Easter Sunday.


March 23, 2014

The Big Story: Story

Genesis 1:1

Outside of the great Biblical Story and stories, what is a favorite story of yours (fiction or non-fiction)? Why is that story so meaningful to you?


According to Genesis 1:1 (“In the beginning, God…”) who is the main character of the Big Story? How might God’s Big Story of redemption be distorted by believing you are the main character in the story?


The other, equally dangerous extreme is to believe you are an insignificant character in the story. Why might we be tempted to believe that we are insignificant to God’s Big Story of redemption? How might the Big Story be distorted by believing you are insignificant in the unfolding of this story?


“No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story… There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story,” (Sally Lloyd-Jones, The Jesus Storybook Bible). While there are rules in the Bible, how might believing the Bible is primarily a book of rules distort our understanding? While the Bible does contain hero/moral stories, how might believing the Bible is primarily a book of hero/moral stories (to be emulated or avoided) distort our understanding?


”The gospel is good news, not good advice…It is not something we do, but something that has been done for us and something that we must respond to” (Tim Keller, cf. Mark 1:14-15; 1Cor. 15:1-5; 2Tim. 2:8). How does this make Jesus different from the founders of other religions and movements? How does this make the Christian faith different from other religions? How is the Gospel distorted when we treat it like “good advice” instead of “good news”?


“Story has unquestionably become the dominant means of understanding our world, ourselves, and each other. When neighbors and strangers meet today, they often ask not, ‘What do you do?’ but ‘What is your story?’” (Leslie Leyland Fields). How might it transform your story to understand yourself in the context of the unfolding of God’s Big Story of redemption?


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