A story is simply: a character wants something and overcomes conflict to get it.

-Look at the person next to you and ask what is your favorite movie?

FAVORITE MOVIE: Think about it.  Isn’t it about a character (or characters) that wants something and overcomes conflict to get it?

Pastor Kyle’s Favorite Movies

-Dumb and Dumber

-Lord of the Rings

-Bourne Identity

They want something in adversity. It’s no wonder that we see this same theme happening to people like Luke Skywalker and Frodo Baggins.

What is a subplot: (set of events) that is connected with but less important than the main plot in a story (SLIDE 4)

If our lives are a subplot of a larger story.  Than all of time is revealing the story of God.

What do we know about God? What we do know about God comes from Scripture.

What was God doing before he created the Earth.  Lets back it up a little bit more, before he created matter.  Lets back it up a little bit before that.  What was god doing before he created time.  It is a mystery?

Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

If we are going to live our lives a subplot of God we need to know what story God is telling through out time and what type of God is He.

What Characteristics do we know about God?

We know he is loving and good (1 John 4:8 Love | Psalm 100: 5 Good)

We know he is just and attentive (2 Thessalonians 1:6 Just | Psalm 34:15 Attentive)

We know he hears us and is mindful of us (Psalm 34: 17, 1 John 5:14-15 Hears | Psalm 8:4 mindful)

He wants to connect.  but never is going to force himself on anyone

What does God want? You, he wants to interact with you, enjoy time with you, have a relationship with you and enjoy the fact that you in turn, enjoy Him.

What is the story of God

God’s Timeline- (SLIDE 6)

1.) God lives in harmony with the trinity

2.) God creates the angels.

3.) Satan and a group of angels rebel from God.

4.) God creates the world including the children He loves

5.) Satan tempts mankind and mankind rebels from God

6.) God provides the law so mankind can interact with God

7.) Man is deceived by satan and continues to rebel. God sends his son to die on a cross

8.) People come to know Christ and are promised reconciliation with God

9.) Satan continues to deceive people into participating in his darkness

10.) God and His children are reunited

11.) God punishes Satan.

MAIN THEME: God wants to connect with you so you can experience life 

Joseph’s Subplot

Positive turns vs negative turns.  When authors write often they will take their main character and see the positive and negative turns that the character has to go through in the story.


The story of Joseph takes up more space in Genesis than any other story.  Creation and the fall of man are summarized in only a few chapters.  The story of Joseph is given 13 chapters.

-Joseph has a dream that he will be very powerful (positive turn +8)

-Then he is thrown into a cistern because he bragged the dream to his brothers (negative turn -8) 

-Then he taken into slavery (-6)

-But he excels in slavery and ends up running Potiphar’s house (+5)

Potiphar is one of the commanders in Pharaoh’s Military. The commander of the palace guard.

-He is unjustly accused of raping Potiphar’s wife so he’s thrown in prison. (-7)

-Joseph goes to a special prison for members of Pharaoh’s government and Joseph excels and ends up running the prison. (+5)

-While in prison he ends up interpreting the dreams of two of Pharaoh’s workers, the baker and the cup bearer, (+3) 

-but when they get out of prison they forget about him so he spends two more years in prison. (-2)

-It’s only when Pharaoh has a dream himself that Joseph finally stands before the seat of Power. (+7)

Because of the negative turns, he is uniquely capable to advise pharaoh. He interprets pharaoh’s dream and advices the leader on next steps. Pharaoh makes Joseph second in command. (+9)

How did those negative turns help Joseph.  He understood what it was to be on the fringes (thrown in the well).

He understood how the military worked because he was in Potiphar’s house.

He ran the prison and had knowledge of all the different facets of the government.

Genesis 50:19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. (SLIDE 23)