Let's face it, some parts of the Bible are hard to understand.
How about you? Are there parts where you feel like you have no idea what you’re reading?
How about Habakkuk? Zephaniah? Isaiah? Or Jeremiah? Reading from books like these can make you feel like you’re hopelessly lost in a thick forest. And with no way out, you might as well give up.
If you really were lost in a forest, can you imagine how relieved you would be if you could fire up a GPS to find your way out?
Wait a minute . . . if you had a GPS, you wouldn’t have gotten lost in the first place!
That’s right! If you have a GPS, and it's working properly, and you trust it, you'll always know where you are.
What if I told you there is a GPS available for finding your way through the Bible? A GPS that will help you to know exactly where you are, even when you’re in the thickest parts of the "forest," surrounded by “trees” like Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Isaiah, and Jeremiah?
Are you curious? Would you be interested?
I’ve got great news! A GPS for the Bible does exist! And even Jesus used it!
In Luke 24:13-35, Jesus spoke with two disciples on their way to Emmaus shortly after his resurrection. Let’s take a look at verse 27:
"And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself."
Did you catch it? Jesus used the GPS of “all things concerning himself” to tell the disciples his story.
Jesus began in the Old Testament, in the books that Moses wrote, the books of Genesis through Deuteronomy. Then he explained the parts of his story found in “all the Prophets,” including prophets like Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Isaiah, and Jeremiah.
The Gospel Story-arc Project uses the same approach. We tell the Bible story, including the New Testament, guided by "all things concerning Jesus."
But we do not simply tell the timeline of Jesus' story. You can still get lost using that type of approach because you're still in the forest. And sometimes you really can't see the forest for the trees.
The Gospel Story-arc Project takes you above the forest. It gives you a mental map of the overall story by leveraging the Bible's story-structure, and by using the same story-telling dynamics and tools to analyze Bible content that Bible writers used to write it.