Christus Victor

Making Christ Known

We are an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregation growing in the likeness of Christ by:

Worshiping, praying, and studying God’s word;
Being together with other people; and
Acting in faith through words and deeds both inside and outside our church walls.

Tips for the Journey

  • Consider setting aside a certain time in the week to do your reading or reading together with another family member or friend who has committed to reading The Story.

 

  • Remember that the Bible is made up of lots of different kinds of literature.  Most of what we will be reading in The Story is narrative/story, but we will still encounter some poetry, prophecy, genealogies, wisdom sayings and apocalyptic literature as we move through the Bible.

 

  • The main goal of this journey is to help us better see how our stories connect with God’s story.  We should read the Bible because the more we see of how God has acted in history, the better we understand who God is and how God works and then can see how God is working all around us today.

 

  •  Use the Readers Guide as much or as little as you are comfortable with.

 

  • As you read, try not to get too hung up on keeping track of names and places.  Try to focus on the overall story of who God is and how God is interacting with the world.

 

  • Try not to be discouraged or confused if you have questions.  You are not alone.  Feel free to use the small groups and social media resources to ask questions or share reflections.

 

  • If you want additional information, a good study Bible can provide you with maps and background on the various books of the Bible.  Another excellent resource is Enterthebible.org from Luther Seminary, which provides easy to use reference material on people, places and events in the Bible.

 

  • Use the small groups as they work best for you.  Come whenever you can and don’t feel guilty about when you can’t.  We will be reformulating small groups periodically, so there will be entry points later if you haven’t joined a group at the beginning.

 

  • In conversation, let’s remember that we all come to the Bible from different backgrounds and different experiences.  We may not all agree on how we interpret the scriptures.  However, as we may disagree, we can try to emulate the grace and hospitality of the God we know in Jesus Christ in the way we treat each other.

 

  • Encourage your family and friends to join us on this adventure.  They don’t have to be members of Christus Victor or even Lutherans or even Christians.  Whether they want to attend a group or participate independently, all are welcome.