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Gotta Pray the Sinner’s Prayer?

I once ministered in a town where it seems that almost everyone, at some time or another, had “prayed the prayer”—the so-called “sinner’s prayer.” Yet, very few of these people demonstrated any evidence of a genuine Christian life. Often when I shared the gospel with them, they would say: “But, I’ve already done that. I prayed the prayer!” And some would add, “But, it didn’t work for me.” If “praying the prayer” does not save a person, what does? 

Eight Words Summarize the Bible’s BIG Story

Pastor Ron Berrus was mowing his lawn—a “mindless task,” he called it—when his mind began to focus on a sermon series he wanted to preach. “How few words could be used to summarize the overall redemptive story of the Bible?” That was the question that occupied Ron as he pushed the mower back and forth around his lawn. Before he finished the lawn, a sequence of eight words formed in his mind—each of which became the basis for one sermon in a series of sermons that summarized the BIG Story of the Bible, the Bible’s metanarrative, from Genesis One through the end of the Book of Revelation.  

How Many Stories in the Bible?

How many unique events or stories are there in the Bible? That's really impossible to answer for sure, since it's often difficult to determine where one event or story begins and another one ends. But any way you look at it, there are hundreds of events (true stories) in the Bible, probably between 600 to 800 of them. So how did we determine which Bible events should be selected to best summarize God's Big Story in The Story of Hope, if the limit was 40 events? 

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