The Bible is the story of God's campaign from ancient times to today and into the future.
The readings for Roots Season focus on the parts of the Bible that say the most about the spiritual roots that give us our identity, security, and purpose.
As you read these parts of the Bible keep asking yourself,
What does this Scripture tell us about God's campaign to bless the world?
What is the Spirit moving me to do as my campaign assignment today?
God's Spirit will keep giving you fresh answers to those questions. That's how we keep SYNCing with God's rhythm and his purpose for us.
How Roots Season fits into the bigger story of God's campaign
The Bible readings for Roots Season tell us how God started his campaign through Abraham and how he is executing his plan through the campaign team that trusts him like Abraham did.
Roots Season picks up where Life Season left off--the story of the Tower of Babel. That is a very current-sounding story about a culture that trusted its technology, wanted to make a name for itself, and disregarded God's command to spread out and tend the whole world. Roots Season opens with God's alternative plan.
God chose an individual and promised to make a name for him--not by making him the power center of the world--but by making him the center of blessing for the world. And this will happen not by technology but by procreation and by taking God's commands seriously.
To look at our world today, you would think we have our roots in the Tower of Babel. We could have them in Abraham, and if we are on God's campaign team, we do.
As we go through the biblical story we will see what our roots means. We look at this history not to pass an exam on the facts but to marvel at how lovingly God set it all up and how amazingly he gets it to come out as he promised even when people try to block it.
How one person literally fathered a nation
How the nation escaped slavery and received its special connection with God and its homeland
How it established a dynasty and later had a civil war
How it lost its homeland for 70 years, then resettled it
How it looked forward to a new leader to bring the utopia God promised
The "New Testament" part of the story, about 20% of the Bible, goes on to tell us:
How that new leader came, was rejected by the power holders but vindicated by God
How that leader still leads and empowers the campaign today
How that leader will lead the campaign to total victory at the end
Looking back over all this, we gradually realize where and how we fit into this story, and a fantastic thought dawns on us--this campaign can't lose.
If you use the SYNC Bible reading guides for the other six SYNC "seasons," you will cover the whole Bible in a year. The big story of the campaign gets clearer and richer as you appreciate it from all seven seasonal angles.
Introductions to books
Cartoon drawings during narration -- our top pick (leave this site)
Another excellent option
The Message version of the Bible by Eugene Peterson gives the clearest and most potent descriptions of the significance of each book for today. These are not available free on-line as far as we know, but are worth the price of the book (Kindle available).
https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/introductions-to-the-bible/ -- short videos of professors giving introductions for ordinary readers
Blue Letter Bible--very short
NIV Study Bible--more traditional "introductions" for classroom students
One-verse selections for daily use
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