“[The Story] tells the grandest, most compelling story of all time: the story of a true God who loves his children, who establishes for them a way of salvation and provided a route to eternity. Each week a new story reveals the God of grace—the God who speaks the God who acts; the God who listens; the God whose love for his people culminated in the sacrifice of Jesus, his only Son, to atone for the sins of humanity.”






What makes The Story unique is that it tells God’s story in a chronological narrative. Where the Bible has two or more books that cover the same information (1 Kings and 1 Samuel or the four Gospels), the editors of The Story have combined them into a single account and placed them in the order in which they occurred. Learning The Story will be our primary focus this year. Copies of the book will be available for purchase to allow for at-home preparation each week’s chapter.

Worship services will be organized around introducing the story for each week. Beginning on the weekend of September 10, the readings, music, and messages will encompass the major theme from that week’s story. God’s grace in its varying forms will be evident as God’s story unfolds. This will increase understanding the scope of God’s plan and the depth of His love as it comes to life during this ministry year.

Weekly adult Bible studies will be digging deeper into the story for the week. They will open the texts in the Bible and see what lessons can be learned about God and mankind from their encounters in God’s story. Adult Forum will meet at 9:30 AM Sunday mornings. Weekly adult studies at 9:30 AM. Tuesdays and 6:30 AM Wednesdays, as well as the Wednesday Women’s Bible Study at 9:30 AM. Finally the story will be used as the jumping off point for Theology on Tap on the second and fourth Monday evenings of each month at Crosstown Pub in Batavia.

High School youth are taking part in this church-wide initiative and using The Story curriculum during High School Youth Sunday Bible Study so that students can begin to pull together the story of the Bible in chronological order. Each week students will see the story in a video, hear the story through scripture and re-telling, and finally join in an engaging discussion.

Sunday School is also utilizing the story in their own way. They will use The Story books that are geared for all the age groups in Preschool-8th grade. The curriculum uses those books along with a variety of activities and visuals to bring each and every event in the Bible to life in the order that it happened. The goals is that the children will know that God goes to great lengths to rescue lost and hurting people--that's how much He loves everyone. He sent Jesus to save all His people. It is hoped that families to share with each other what they learned in church, Bible Study, and Sunday School. 

As part of the religion curriculum this year, Immanuel Lutheran School will be joining with the rest of Immanuel by sharing The Story with all of its students. Classroom teachers will use The Story to enhance the already strong religion curriculum at all grade levels. Stories will be read and various classroom activities will be planned to help students grow in God’s Word. Not only will The Story help the students continue to grow in their faith and knowledge of God’s word; it will also connect the church and school ministries. How exciting for Immanuel that all aspects of its ministry will be focusing on The Story! What a wonderful way for Immanuel to come together as one by reading, hearing, and sharing God’s Word.

With so many opportunities, everyone should be able to find a time to dig deeper into the week’s story. For complete information, visit immanuelbatavia.org/page/the_story or contact the church office at 630 879 7163  or church@immanuelbatavia.org.


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