The Story Series

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At New City most of our message series focus on a book of the Bible. However, during the Story series we are going take a look at the whole story of the Bible. Throughout the Bible, God’s telling us His story. He is showing us our story. He’s also drawing us near to Him to show us who we are and why we matter.

If you’d like to read along each week, we have a reading plan that you can follow using your Bible to read the passages that we will study each week. You can also pick up a free copy of The Story for your family at a Sunday morning service (while supplies last)!

THE STORY READING PLAN (31 weeks of reading)

1. The Beginning of Life as We Know It

  • Genesis 1:1—2:9
  • Genesis 2:15–25
  • Genesis 3:1—4:8
  • Genesis 6:5—7:1
  • Genesis 7:4, 7:6–10; 7:13—8:5
  • Genesis 8:13-21
  • Genesis 9:1-2, 8-13, 16

2. God Builds a Nation

  • Genesis 12:1-5
  • Hebrews 11:8
  • Genesis 12:6-7
  • Genesis 13:5-6, 14-18
  • Hebrews 11:9-10
  • Genesis 15:1-6
  • Romans 4:18-22
  • Genesis 16:9—17:11
  • Genesis 17:14-16
  • Genesis 21:1-2
  • Hebrews 11:11-12
  • Genesis 21:3-7
  • Genesis 21:8-20
  • Genesis 22:1-13
  • Hebrews 11:17-19
  • Genesis 22:14-18
  • Genesis 32:3-30
  • Genesis 33:1-12
  • Genesis 35:1-7,9-12,16-19,22,27-29

3. Joseph: From Slave to Deputy Pharaoh

  • Genesis 37:12-36
  • Genesis 39:1-23
  • Genesis 41:1a,8,14-16
  • Genesis 41:37, 39-44
  • Genesis 42:1-4, 6-24
  • Genesis 43:1-3,11,13-15,26-31,33-34
  • Genesis 44:1-18, 27-34;
  • Genesis 45:1-15, 25-28
  • Genesis 46:1-5, 28-30
  • Genesis 47:11,28-31
  • Genesis 48:21
  • Genesis 50:15-26

4. Deliverance

  • Exodus 1:6-14, 22
  • Exodus 2:1-25
  • Exodus 3:1-15
  • Exodus 4:10-17, 27-31
  • Exodus 5:19—6:8
  • Exodus 7:8-24
  • Exodus 10:27—11:1
  • Exodus 11:4-8
  • Exodus 12:1-3,5-8, 11-13, 21-24, 28-33, 40-41
  • Exodus 13:21-22
  • Exodus 14:1-29
  • Exodus 15:22-27
  • Exodus 16:1-3, 6-15
  • Exodus 17:1-7

5. New Commands and a New Covenant

  • Exodus 19:1-6, 9-25;
  • Exodus 20:18-21
  • Exodus 20:2-17
  • Exodus 24:3-8,12;
  • Exodus 24:15—25:2, 8-9
  • Exodus 32:1-35
  • Exodus 33:1-3, 7-23
  • Exodus 34:1-10, 14, 27-35
  • Exodus 40:34-38

6. Wandering

  • Numbers 10:11-13
  • Numbers 11:1-15, 16a, 18-23,31-34
  • Numbers 12:1-16
  • Numbers 13:1-2, 17-21, 23, 25-28, 30-33
  • Numbers 14:1-35
  • Numbers 20:1-13
  • Numbers 20:22-29
  • Numbers 21:1-9
  • Numbers 21: 21-26, 31-35
  • Numbers 25:1-13
  • Numbers 27:12-20, 22-23
  • Deuteronomy 1:1a
  • Deuteronomy 2:7
  • Deuteronomy 4:32-40
  • Deuteronomy 6:4-7
  • Deuteronomy 8:1-5
  • Deuteronomy 9:1-6
  • Deuteronomy 29:2-6
  • Deuteronomy 30:11-20
  • Deuteronomy 31:7-8
  • Deuteronomy 32:48-52
  • Deuteronomy 34:1-8,10-12

7. The Battle Begins

  • Joshua 1:1-11,16-18
  • Joshua 2:1-16, 22-24
  • Joshua 6:1-17,20-26a, 27
  • Joshua 8:1-2,10-22, 25, 30-31a,34-35
  • Joshua 10:1-28, 40-43
  • Joshua 11:1-15,23
  • Joshua 23:1-5, 14-16
  • Joshua 24:1-15, 24-31

8. A few good men . . . and women

  • Judges 2:7-22
  • Judges 3:7-11
  • Judges 4:1-24
  • Judges 6:1-10
  • Judges 6:11-24,33-40
  • Judges7:1-25
  • Judges 8:28, 33-34
  • Judges 13:1-5
  • Judges 13:24-25
  • Judges 14:1—16:31

9. The Faith of a Foreign Woman

  • Ruth 1:1—4:17

10. Standing Tall, Falling Hard

  • 1 Samuel 1:1—2:2; 2:19-21
  • 1 Samuel 3:1—4:18
  • 1 Samuel 8:1-22
  • 1 Samuel 9:1-6,10,14-21
  • 1 Samuel 10:1-2,5-7, 9, 17-26
  • 1 Samuel 11:1-15; 12:1-2a, 12-25
  • 1 Samuel 13:1-14
  • 1 Samuel 15:1-4,7-9

11. From Shepherd to King

  • 1 Samuel 16:1,4-13a
  • 1 Samuel 17:1-11, 16-54
  • 1 Samuel 17:57-58
  • 1 Samuel 18:1-16
  • Psalm 59:1-5, 9-10a,16-17
  • 1 Samuel 24:1-22
  • 2 Samuel 22:1-7,47
  • 1 Samuel 31:1-12
  • 2 Samuel 6:1-15
  • 2 Samuel 6:16-23
  • 1 Chronicles 17 1-27

12. The Trials of a King

  • 2 Samuel 11:1-17, 26-27
  • 2 Samuel 12:1-13a
  • Psalm 51:1-12
  • 2 Samuel 12:13b-20a
  • Psalm 32:1-7, 10-11
  • 2 Samuel 12:24-25
  • 2 Samuel 18:1-18, 21, 31-33
  • 2 Samuel 19:4
  • 1 Chronicles 22:1-19
  • 1 Chronicles 29:1-20
  • Psalm 23

13. The king who had it all

  • 1 Kings 1:1, 15-17, 29-31
  • 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12
  • 1 Kings 3:1-28
  • 1 Kings 4:29-34
  • Proverbs 1:1-4a,7
  • Proverbs 2: 1-6,12
  • Proverbs 3:1-12
  • Proverbs 6:28-29
  • Proverbs 20:2-4,7,10,13,15,17,19-22,24,27,29
  • Proverbs 21:1-7,10,13-15,17,19-21,23,27-28,30-31
  • 1 Kings 5:1-12
  • 1 Kings 6:1
  • 1 Kings 7:51
  • 1 Kings 8:1-6,
  • 2 Chronicles 5:11-14
  • 1 Kings 8:12-14, 22-24,27-30
  • 2 Chronicles 6:40-42
  • 2 Chronicles 7:1-3
  • 1 Kings 8:54-61
  • 2 Chronicles 7:4-5,11-22
  • 1 Kings 10:1-10,13-29
  • 1 Kings 11:1-6, 9-13

14. A Kingdom Torn in Two

  • 1 Kings 12:1-17
  • 1 Kings 12:18-33
  • 1 Kings 13:1-6,33
  • 1 Kings 14:1-18
  • 1 Kings 14:21a, 22-28, 30-31
  • 1 Kings 15:1-6,8-24
  • 1 Kings 16:29-34

15. God’s Messengers

  • 1 Kings 17:1-6
  • 1 Kings 18:1-2, 17-46
  • 1 Kings 19:1-21
  • 2 Kings 2:1-2,7-15
  • 2 Kings 4:11-17
  • 2 Kings 4:27-37
  • 2 Kings 6:8-23
  • Amos 1:1-2a
  • Amos 3:1-2,9-11
  • Amos 4:2,3,6,10,12
  • Amos 5:6a, 14,15
  • Amos 9: 8
  • Hosea 4:1-2
  • Hosea 5:4,7
  • Hosea 5:14-15
  • Hosea 8:13b-14
  • Hosea 9:7
  • Hosea 14:1-2

16. The Beginning of the End

  • 2 Kings 17:1-7, 11b-14, 23b, 18
  • 2 Kings 18:1-4a,7, 17-25, 28-33
  • 2 Kings 19:9-21a, 22-23a, 27-28,32-37
  • Isaiah 6:1-8
  • Isaiah 3:1-3, 8,9, 12b-13
  • Isaiah 13:4-5
  • Isaiah 14:1-5
  • Isaiah 49:8-9a, 13-18, 23c, 26b
  • Isaiah 53

17. The Kingdoms’ Fall

  • 2 Kings 21:1a,2-16
  • 2 Chronicles 33:10-13
  • 2 Chronicles 33:21-25
  • 2 Kings 23:36a, 37
  • 2 Kings 24:1-2,6, 8-17
  • Ezekiel 1:1,4-6, 22-28
  • Ezekiel 2: 1-4, 6-7
  • Ezekiel 6:1-10
  • Ezekiel 7:5,7-8
  • Jeremiah 1:4-10,18-19
  • Jeremiah 2:4, 11-13, 20a,21-22,26-28
  • Jeremiah 4:5-8
  • Jeremiah 5:1
  • Jeremiah 13:17-19
  • 2 Chronicles 36:15-16
  • 2 Chronicles 36:11-14
  • 2 Kings 25:1-3
  • Jeremiah 21:1-10
  • 2 Kings 25:4-12,21b
  • Lamentations 1:1-3
  • Lamentations 2:17
  • Lamentations 3:21-26
  • Lamentations 5:1,15-16, 19-21
  • Ezekiel 36:22-28,33-36
  • Ezekiel 37:1-14

18. Daniel in Exile

  • Daniel 1:3-21
  • Daniel 2:1-30
  • Daniel 2:46-49
  • Daniel 3:1-30
  • Daniel 6:1-27
  • Jeremiah 30: 2-3, 8,10,11
  • Jeremiah 31:23-25;
  • Jeremiah 29:10-14

19. The Return Home

  • Ezra 1:1-7,11
  • Ezra 2:64-67
  • Ezra 3:1-5, 10-13
  • Ezra 4:1-5,24
  • Haggai 1:1-15
  • Haggai 2:1-9
  • Zechariah 1:1
  • Zechariah 8:2-23
  • Ezra 5:3-17
  • Ezra 6:1-15
  • Ezra 6:16-18

20. The Queen of Beauty and Courage

  • Esther 1:1—2:4
  • Esther 2:5-23
  • 3:1—4:17
  • 5:1—8:2
  • 8:3—9:17
  • 9:20-28

21. Rebuilding the Walls

  • Ezra 7:1-28
  • Nehemiah 1:1-6,11a
  • Nehemiah 2:11-18
  • Nehemiah 4:1-23
  • Nehemiah 6:1-10,15-16
  • Nehemiah 7:1-2
  • Nehemiah 8:1-3,5-18
  • Malachi 1:1,6-11
  • Malachi 2:13-16
  • Malachi 3:6-18,
  • Malachi 4:1-6

22. The Birth of the King

  • John 1:1-14, 17-18
  • Luke 1:26b-35,38, 46-55
  • Matthew 1:19-24
  • Luke 2:1-20
  • Matthew 2:1-23a
  • Luke 2:41-52

23. Jesus’ Ministry Begins

  • Matthew 3:1-2,4-6
  • Matthew 3:13-17
  • Matthew 4:1-11
  • John 1:19-51
  • John 2:1-11
  • John 3:1-18
  • John 4:4-30, 39-43
  • Mark 1:21-45
  • Mark 2:1-17
  • Mark 3:1-6
  • Matthew 4:23-25
  • Mark 3:9-12
  • Mark 3:13-19
  • Luke 8:1-3
  • Matthew 11:2-14

24. No Ordinary Man

  • Mark 4:1-34
  • Luke 15:1-32
  • Luke 10:25-37
  • Matthew 5:1-16
  • Matthew 6:5-15,19-34
  • Matthew 7:24-27
  • Mark 4:35-41
  • Mark 5:1-43
  • Matthew 9:27-34
  • Mark 6:14-44
  • Matthew 14:22-36
  • John 6:22-35, 47-58, 66-71

25. Jesus, The Son of God

  • Mark 8:27-38
  • Matthew 17:1-2
  • Luke 9:30-31
  • Mark 9:5-6
  • Matthew 17:5-8
  • Mark 9:9-10,14-15,30-32
  • John 7:11-15, 25-31, 37-44
  • John 8: 12-14, 21-24, 30-32, 51-59
  • John 11:1-53
  • Mark 10:13-34
  • John 11:55-57
  • Mark 11:1-10
  • Matthew 21:10-17
  • Mark 12:35-37
  • John 12:27-33, 37,42-50
  • Mark 14:1-2
  • Luke 22:3-6

26. The Hour of Darkness

  • Mark 14:12-17
  • John 13:1a-17, 21-30
  • Matthew 26:26-29
  • John 14:1-17
  • John 16:12-13,32-33
  • John 17:1-5,24-26
  • Matthew 26:30
  • Matthew 26:31-42
  • Luke 22:43-44
  • Matthew 26:43-47
  • John 18:4-11
  • Luke 22:51b-53
  • Matthew 26:57-68
  • Luke 22:55-62
  • Matthew 27:1-5
  • John 18:33—19:16
  • Matthew 27:32
  • Mark 15:29-32a
  • Luke 23:32-43
  • John 19:25-27
  • Luke 23:44-45a
  • Matthew 27:46-49
  • John 19:30
  • Matthew 27:51-54
  • Luke 23:48-49

27. The Resurrection

  • John 19:31-42,
  • Matthew 27:62-66
  • Mark 16:1-3
  • Matthew 28:2-8
  • John 20:3-18
  • Luke 24:13-49
  • John 20:24-29
  • John 21:1-19
  • Matthew 28:16-20
  • John 21:25a
  • John 20:31

28. New Beginnings

  • Acts 1:1-11
  • Acts 2:1-24,32-33,36-47
  • Acts 3:1-20
  • Acts 4:1-21,32-35
  • Acts 5:12-42
  • Acts 6:8-15
  • Acts 7:1
  • Acts 7:51-60
  • Acts 8:1-8
  • Acts 9:1-31
  • Acts 10:1-28
  • Acts 12:1-24

29. Paul’s Mission

  • Acts 13:1-16, 27-33a, 38-39
  • Acts 13:42-52
  • Acts 14:1-18
  • Acts 16:13-40
  • Acts 17:1-10
  • Acts 18:1-11
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
  • 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8,17-20
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-28
  • Acts 18:12-28
  • Acts 19:1a, 8-20,23-41
  • Acts 20:1
  • 1 Corinthians 1:1-3, 10-13
  • 1 Corinthians 3:1-11, 21-23
  • 1 Corinthians 5:9-13a
  • 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
  • 1 Corinthians 10:14-21
  • 1 Corinthians 12:1,4-6,12-18,27
  • 1 Corinthians 13:1-7
  • 1 Corinthians 15:1-25, 51-58
  • 1 Corinthians 16:19-24
  • Galatians 1:1-9
  • Galatians 3:1-5,10-11,23-28
  • Galatians 5:1,13,19-26
  • Galatians 6:18
  • Romans 1:1-4,7,16-17
  • Romans 3:19-28
  • Romans 4:1-8
  • Romans 5: 1-11
  • Romans 6:23
  • Romans 8:1-4,12-18, 28,31-39
  • Romans 12:1-8,23b-29
  • Romans 15:23b-33

30. Paul’s Final Days

  • Acts 20:13-28
  • Acts 20:36-38
  • Acts 21:7-15
  • Acts 21:27b—23:35
  • Acts 27:1—28:31
  • Ephesians 1:1-10,16-23
  • Ephesians 2:1-22
  • Ephesians 3:14-21
  • Ephesians 4:1-6
  • Ephesians 5:21-33
  • Ephesians 6:1-4,23-24
  • 2 Timothy 1:1-5,8-12; 2:1-9; 3:10-17; 4:6-13

31. Revelation

  • Revelation 1:1-20
  • Revelation 2:1-7
  • Revelation 3:1-6
  • Revelation 3:14-22
  • Revelation 4:1—5:14
  • Revelation 19:5-16
  • Revelation 20:11-15
  • Revelation 21:1—22:21