Discovering God’s Story in 2016

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People often ask us what the Discover blog/website is all about. Since it has been a year now that we have been writing for Discover, the staff thought it would be helpful to share with you, our readers, a little bit about our inside discussions, our goals, and our hopes.

So, what is Discover? Well, it’s part apologetics and part theology. It’s about giving an answer for the hope we have as Christians, and it’s about learning to understand God and his world. We like to deal with the joys, struggles, difficult/confusing questions, and challenges of life. We want to help people understand what God is doing right in the middle of this disorienting world. Discover seeks to share a robust Christianity with every person.

At Discover, we address the challenges. We address our tendency to mistake the story of God’s saving work for a story of our own achievement and success. We also address God’s story, the gospel, the glory of Christ, the wonder of the Trinity, and the promise of a new creation. Basically, we write theology—and we try to make it as relevant and accessible as possible.

This world distorts a right perspective.

As days, weeks, and years pass, life can feel pointless, like we’re just chasing after the wind (Eccles. 1:14). We know that God gives our lives meaning and purpose. Still, even with God at the center of our lives, we often feel overtaken by the mundane: a thankless job, a troubled church, family strife, addiction, death, sickness, or money problems.

Even when life seems to be going well, we sense that there must be something more than wealth, success, and respect. The rewards for worldly success, more often than not, lead to loneliness. Does God have anything to say to this? What is God’s response to twenty-first century people who are confused and disoriented in our fast-paced culture? We think God has a lot to say about real life—its tragedies and challenges.

Here are a few of our posts that tackle challenges facing people today:

We tend to mistake God’s story for a story of self-improvement.

God has spoken to us in our struggle and to our needs, but sometimes we fail to recognize his answer because we have mistaken God’s story for a story of moral improvement. 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?” Without understanding God’s gracious purpose in history, it’s easy to produce bad answers to good questions.

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. God speaks amazing words of grace in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Here are a few of our posts that display God’s grace:

God desires that we discover his story, the gospel, in everyday life.

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 the 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—God wants us to see that we are participants in his work of salvation and new creation.

Here are a few of our posts that show how we can participate in God’s mercy and grace:

We hope that you will discover yourselves in God’s story.

When we discover ourselves in God’s story, we come to understand that God 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)

Here are a few of our posts dealing with church, missions, or worship:

If you like what you have read, please share it. Our writing is for people who are lost, lonely, weak, suffering, tired, searching, or just plain bored. If this is you, or if this is your neighbor, we hope that our writing can benefit God’s cause in the world—God’s mission to redeem a people for his joy and our delight.

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.

 

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