Take a good look at the sweep of the whole story that the Bible tells. From the first book, Genesis, to the last, The Revelation, there is a story. The message: if anyone has a future it is the church. After all the furor and turbulence of human life has run its course in the biblical narrative, there remains a clear reality: the church, the bride of Christ (Revelation 21:9). Death, the devil, the heavens, the seas, and the earth all pass away (21:2). But the church, “the city that God loves” (20:9) outlasts everything.