Our 12 Week Story
As we set out to examine the theme of story over these twelve weeks, we’ll be zooming in on twelve well-known Old Testament characters. In these real life, historical stories, we will see the way God takes lives filled with small successes and great failures and, as a master craftsman, turns them into a grand masterpiece of divine origin.
We will also see that all of our stories and all the stories that make up our city are no less a part of God’s story than any other. Throughout this series we’ll examine our own stories and look for God’s redemptive thread being pulled through each of them. We’ll hear individual testimonies on Sundays as we gather, and we’ll share our own stories in our Community Groups.
We’ll make much of our stories–not because in them we see our own greatness, but because in them we see the greatness and glory of a God who makes beautiful things out of mere dust.
Week 1 | Rahab | September 14th
Week 2 | Samson | September 21st
Week 3 | Ruth | September 28th
Week 4 | Elijah | October 5th
Week 5 | Naomi | October 12th
Week 6 | David | October 19th
Week 7 | Sarah | October 26th
Week 8 | Joseph | November 2nd
Week 9 | Esther | November 9th
Week 10 | Daniel | November 16th
Week 11 | Tamar | November 23rd
Week 12 | Joshua | November 30th
Study Guide / POST sunday content
We strongly encourage everyone to pick up a Story Study Guide at the Connect Centre on Sunday. This resource has all the Post Sunday Content questions for the entire series, that you will be discussing every week in your Community Groups. It also includes the following things:
- Character introductions for each week
- Daily Bible reading plan given ahead of each Sunday’s sermon applicable to each story
- A section for sermon notes
- Post Sunday Content questions to help guide your Community Group discussions
- Space for Community Group Leaders to write some of their own questions
- Family Discussion questions to help parents talk through the stories with their children
The booklets have a suggested donation of $2.00, but if you can't afford to donate, please go ahead and take one regardless. This is an important resource for the fall and we would love for everyone to have one. We are asking for a donation just help to offset the cost of producing the booklet.
A PDF of the Study Guide is available HERE, and on the Westside Church app, which can be downloaded from the app store for free.
Week 12: JoshuaAs we end our twelve week Story series we wrap things up by looking at the courageous leadership of Joshua. A courage enveloped in Godís promise, presence and purpose.Download MP3 (20150KB)
*Thanks and credit to the Gospel Coalition and the ministry of Fellowship Bible Church the resourcing and outline of this message.
Week 11: TamarSpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (29253KB)
Date: November 23, 2014
Text: Genesis 38
Although the story of Tamar and Judah is a strangely unique one it reminds us of how God breaks through our sin by the sending of His Son.
Week 10: DanielSpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (25599KB)
Date: November 16, 2014
Text: Daniel 6
Few stories are more well known than Daniel and Lion's Den yet perhaps not as appreciated as it should be in its foreshadowing of Jesus.
Week 9: EstherSpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (29529KB)
Date: November 9, 2014
Text: Esther 1-10
The book of Esther doesn't mention God one time. Yet, He is all and everywhere in her story. This message considers the many ways God shows up in spite of His invisibility and what that means for us.
Week 8: JosephSpeaker: Bill HoggDownload MP3 (24943KB)
Date: November 2, 2014
Text: Genesis 30:1-20
When we are first introduced to Joseph he was seventeen years old. He lived with his family in the land of Canaan and was spoiled rotten by his father, because he was the first son born to his fatherís greatly loved wife,Rachel. Not surprisingly, one brother finding more love in the eyes of their father than ten others created a very tense and embittered environment in the home.
Week 7: SarahSpeaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (26841KB)
Date: Oct 26th 2014
Text: Genesis 12-21
The story of Sarah is a very interesting one. She isn't the primary focus of the texts that tell us about her and all of the interactions with do have with her display a general weakness of character. And yet God uses the story of this barren woman to highlight His grace. Over and over again we see that God is the hero of Sarah's story and through it we're compelled to trust Him with our own.
Week 6: DavidSpeaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (20475KB)
Date: October 19, 2014
Text: 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel
As we look at the story of one of the Old Testament's most famous characters we will see a man who pursues God above all else and a man who fails in his pursuit of God regularly. We'll examine the source of David's greatness and of David's failings. In the end we will consider how a man like him could've been described as a man after God's own heart.
Week 5: NaomiSpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (27848KB)
Date: October 12th 2014
Text: Ruth 1-4
The beauty and wonder of Naomi's story is God, and His gracious response, in light of her bitter disposition towards Him. A response we all need from Him, and one that is all ours, in Jesus.
Week 4: ElijahSpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (28747KB)
Date: October 5th 2014
Text: 1 Kings 17-19, 2 Kings 1-2
What does faithful devotion to God look like? The story of Elijah answers that all-important question.
Week 3: RuthSpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (28613KB)
Date: September 28th 2014
Text: Ruth 1-4
On the surface the book of Ruth tells the great love story of a destitute widow and a land-barren nobleman. But when read with Jesus in mind it paints a picture of God's wonderful and redemptive grace offered to all people.
Week 2: SamsonSpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (28223KB)
Date: September 21, 2014
Text: Judges 13-16
There are few stories more well-known than the story of Samson, a man so blessed by God yet so flawed and enticed by that which was around him. But a man, most of all, who pointed ahead to Jesus.
Week 1: RahabSpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (29086KB)
Date: September 14th 2014
Text: Joshua 2 & 6
As we kick off our fall sermon series called, Story, we look at the story of Rahab who serves as a model and example of faith while highlighting how God's redemptive work extends to all people.