One-on-One with Steve Addison on ‘Your Part in God’s Story’


An interview with Steve Addison on his latest book “Your Part in God’s Story: 40 Days from Genesis to Revelation.”

Ed Stetzer: Why did you write this book?

Steve Addison: For years I’ve been struck by what happened when Jesus rose from the dead and discovered his disciples had scattered in fear, failure and despair. As far as they were concerned it was all over.

Yet Jesus was about to launch a missionary movement that will go to the whole world with these same disciples who have failed him. How did he do that?

Jesus restored them, then he walked them through the books of Moses, the Psalms and the Prophets over a period of forty days. He showed them why the Messiah had to suffer then rise from the dead. He gave them their mission to take the gospel to the world and then he promised them the power of the Holy Spirit.

That’s how Jesus turned failed disciples into a missionary movement. If he did it for them, he can do it for us today.

Ed: What’s the format?

Steve: Over the last few years I’ve been working through Genesis to Revelation asking these questions:

  • What do we learn about God and his mission?
  • How does God shape the people he calls?
  • What is God saying about my part in his story?
  • How will I think and act differently?

I wanted others to ask the same questions of the Scriptures and of themselves. That meant choosing forty decisive moments on the journey from Genesis to Revelation. Understand those moments, and you’ll understand God’s story and your place in it.

God’s story is the one story that unites all the stories of Scripture—from creation to the new heavens and earth. Along the way God chooses ordinary people to play their part in his story. Each one is an unlikely hero, but God shapes them and enables them to fulfill his purposes. There’s a grand story unfolding that includes individual …

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