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Church launches Bible reading campaign

Dec. 28, 2012 at 6:28 a.m.

The Central Church of Christ, 801 E. Airline Road, is launching a groundbreaking Bible reading campaign set to begin Jan. 6. They will be joining thousands nationwide participating in "The Story."

"The Bible is central to our faith," said Pastor Dan Spaeth, of Central Church of Christ. "But many people are intimidated by its scope and size. 'The Story' gives us a way to journey from Genesis to Revelations together in 31 weeks so everyone understands God's story and how their story intersects with His."

The Bible is the best selling book in history, but how many people in Victoria are actually reading it? A Gallup survey reports the average American household has four Bibles. However, research by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (2008) found that only 16 percent of Americans read the Bible every day.

Central Church of Christ is hoping to reverse this trend, starting with its own congregation. Minister Randy Brown believes that "The Story," a Zondervan bestseller, is the right tool to increase Biblical literacy, helping readers understand God's story from Genesis to Revelation and how their own stories intersect with God's. Consisting of 31 chapters of carefully selected scriptures sequenced in chronological order, "The Story" presents the word of God in an engaging format, reading like a novel.

"I want the people in our congregation, as well as the city of Victoria, to realize the incredible love God has for them and how their story is found in His story," said Pastor Spaeth.

"The Story" Church Campaign is a unique program providing up to 31 weeks of curriculum for children, teen and adult Sunday school and up to 31 weeks of corresponding sermons. When accompanied by reading through the five age-related books (The Story, The Story: Teen Edition, The Story for Kids, The Story for Children, and The Story for Little Ones), the entire church can be literally on the same page for 31 weeks. Central Church of Christ plans to begin the experience on Jan. 6.

Central Church of Christ would like to invite you to experience "The Story." Sunday services begin at 9 a.m. For more information, visit vctchurch.net.

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