Finding Yourself in God’s Story
The life of faith is difficult because God sometimes seems far off. But is he really?
Your life is busy. You’re not sure how your faith fits into everything you’re doing each day. It’s easy to take the Bible for granted. It’s easy to take God for granted. And you’re a little disoriented.
“Finding Yourself In God’s Story” is what this weekend is all about. You’ll come away from our time together with renewed joy, hope, and confidence in God’s work for you and in you.
There will be great music, great teaching, and laughter. Along the way, you’ll discover how your life story only makes sense in God’s story.
Thanks to our donors, this conference is FREE!
Go to findingyourselfingodsstory.com to register and reserve your seat today. You do need a ticket!
Dates: July 29 - 30
Speakers and Special Guests
Keynote Speakers: Michael Horton and Nancy Guthrie
Seminar Speaker: Julius Kim
Musician: Sandra McCracken
Master of Ceremonies: Adam Christing
Conference Site: Fourth Presbyterian Church 5500 River Road | Bethesda, MD 20816
More About the Conference
In this conference we want to focus on Christianity’s core, its heart, its life, and its basic themes. We want to help people understand what God is doing in the midst of a disorienting world of false hopes and fictitious stories.
A Disorienting World
This world disorients. As the days, week, and years pass, life can feel pointless—like we’re just chasing after the wind. But we know that God gives our lives meaning and purpose. God is the center of our lives, but we often feel overtaken by the mundane: a thankless job, a troubled church, family strife, tragedy, death, sickness, or money problems. Even when everything seems well, we sense that there must be something more than wealth, success, and respect. The rewards for worldly success are often loneliness and loss. Does God have anything to say to this? What is God’s response to twenty-first century people confused and disoriented in our fast-paced culture?
Mistaking the Story
God has spoken to us in our struggle and to our needs, but sometimes we fail to recognize his answer because we have mistaken the story. People come to God’s Word looking to fit God into their lives: “How does the Bible address my situation?” “Where is God in the midst of all my suffering?” These are good questions, but we need to remember whose story this is. Since Adam and Eve’s rebellion at the beginning of history, humans have sought to live by the story of their achievements, successes, failures, or losses. In our confusion we can twist the Bible to invent a religion of self-improvement and good morals. Instead, we need to realize that the Bible addresses us in ways we have never imagined, and God has spoken in ways we could never have invented.
Discovering God’s Story
God wants us to see that we are participants in his work. We are a part of his story. Much of the Bible is in story form, and these stories are true. They reveal God’s work in the past, they explain his work in present, and they display his promise for the future. God’s Word reflects what God is doing in history. Through the Bible, God shows us our place in the world he created. To find yourself in God’s story is to come to understand what God is doing in your life, in the church, and in the world.
When we discover ourselves in God’s story, we come to understand that God is the God who is with us through pain and pleasure, confusion and confidence, doubt and dependence. God is the one who is at work in the world to save it. God is the one who has promised to gather a people from all over the world, from every tribe, tongue, and nation to know him and be known, to love him and be loved, and to worship him forever. Jesus himself told his disciples:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:18–20 ESV)
This is God’s story. He invites us to discover our lives in it. Our hope is that you would come to understand God’s purpose for your life, the church, and his mission to redeem a people to the glory of his name.