I enjoy starting open ended series that do not have a set number of entries or a deadline to finish by. On Sunday, January 14th, I will begin preaching a series of sermons broadly titled “God is Near.” I have often said that the Bible, from one end to the other, is about the way a Holy God deals with people that are sinful, fallen and broken. At the center of that story is Jesus. Beginning with the creation account in Genesis 1 and 2, I plan to walk through the entire Bible, hitting just the high points, and demonstrate that statement to be true. We will deal with Old Testament covenant relationships, such as with Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moses and go from there. In time I will preach on the establishment of Israel as a nation; King Saul, David and Solomon; the purpose and work of the Prophets; the incarnation of Jesus in the Gospels; the earthly ministry of Jesus; the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus; the coming of The Holy Spirit; the growth and spread of the New Testament Church; the epistles (letters) of the New Testament; and finally how God’s promises at the beginning of the biblical narrative are realized in the coming Kingdom as foretold in Revelation.
In 2018 we will survey the Bible. Sunday evenings and the Wednesday night Bible study will help to fill in the blanks and put Sunday morning sermons into context, as well as give us time for questions, answers and discussion. God is near to the brokenhearted and God inhabits the praise of his saints are true statements but do not tell the whole story. God desires to be in the presence of the people made in his image; the Father wants to love and be loved by his children. Join us at Unity Baptist as we step back and -prayerfully, thoughtfully – take a look at the big picture. Consider this your personal invitation.
Clark J Bunch
Pastor, Unity Baptist Church