He’s There in the Text
My kids grew up on the “Where’s Waldo” books and video games. You know the game. Waldo’s this goofy-looking skinny guy, funny clothes in a kind of a peppermint cap and you have to find Waldo in this mass of people and things in a picture. You have to find him there. If you don’t know what he looks like, you will never find him. If you have a sort of passing idea of what he looks like, you may find him but it’s not likely. But if you know exactly what he looks like and you have studied him carefully enough, if you look long enough, you will find him. So we’re going to use the “Where’s Waldo” principle on the Scriptures, since we know exactly what Jesus Christ looks like, we are able to find Him. That’s our plan for Valley Christian for 2017. Together as a community we are going to search the Scriptures everyday to find Christ and report to each other where we find him. That’s what Jesus 365 is all about.
The Four Lanes
For 2017 we built a four lane highway that takes us all to a place where we encounter Jesus in the text. Each lane is designed to work with the other to help orient our year around the Scriptures both corporately and individually.
The personal lane is a daily commitment, typically 15 minutes a day, to encounter Christ through the Scriptures itself. Imagine, everyone in our church reading the same passages of the Scripture every day.
We’ll bring to our House Church network interesting and practical resources for engaging and discussing what we are learning and discovering with others.
The worshipful lane is our Sunday gatherings. Our sermons will be tailored to maximize our understanding of what we will be reading and learning, leading us into theological reflection and response.
The educational lane will be comprised of lectures from Bible scholars and theologians concerning the origin, development, understanding and application of the Bible. All lectures are open to the public and will involve Q&A.
Below are a few additional resources to help guide you and supplement what you are reading throughout the year including recommended videos and community practice guides.