Welcome to the third installment of “Dear Watermark Family,” a series from Watermark’s Elders to encourage and equip the church we love. Be on the lookout for future installments in The Current.
Dear Watermark Family,
When was the last time you heard a great story?
Everyone loves a great story! Books and movies are filled with them. Bad stories are quickly forgotten, but the good ones we remember and repeat.
The Bible contains the story of God. As we have discussed in our most recent sermon series, The Story, God’s grand narrative is broken up into four parts: creation, fall, redemption, and restoration.
Each movement answers the questions everyone longs to understand: Creation: Who are we? Where did we come from? Why are we here? Fall: What is the problem? What’s gone wrong? Why do we experience pain and suffering? Redemption: What is the solution? Where is hope found? Restoration: What does the future hold? What happens when we die?
These four major movements establish the foundation of a biblical worldview and the keys to discerning truth from error. Consider the stark difference in how the Bible answers these questions and how contemporary pop culture answers them.
As we enter the Christmas season, may we be found faithful in sharing God’s story with our friends and neighbors. May we look past all of the decorations, our shopping list, and busy schedules, and notice those whom the Lord puts in front of us. Who needs to hear God’s story? Whom could you invite to one of our Christmas Eve services?
Christmas proclaims the birth of Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us. It reminds us that against the backdrop of our lives there stands a God who loves us despite our sin and rebellion. The very same God who penned the story of Scripture is writing our story. Furthermore, He always has our best interest in mind.
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)
Now, that is a story worth repeating!
See you on Sunday, Blake