Let Me Tell You A Story

Stories you like

Stories You Like by Mountainbread on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Modern Western presentations of the Gospel have resembled a set of propositions – the Four Spiritual Laws, for example. Is it time to recover the power of story, and see it as much more than something for children or for entertainment? Tom Steffen thinks so. What do you think? And how might we do it?

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One thought on “Let Me Tell You A Story

  1. Absolutely!
    I’ve just finished two books about the Bible, both of which make the point that the Bible is story, and meant to be read as one; whole books at a time, not just snippets each week. The Bible tells the story of God’s love; how, in love, he created, wanted a relationship with those he created, redeemed and called people and sent them out to tell others about his love for them and plan for their lives. Everyone has a story, and we are all part of this great story.

    As for how to do it; having a whole service to tell a story, how this story relates to us and what we can learn from it, would be great. Allowing people time to tell their own stories is important too – maybe by sharing a testimony in a service, telling of answered prayer, or choosing a hymn which means a lot to them. I would use creative arts to tell a story, and this might allow people to engage and respond. Godly Play is an effective tool, but obviously not the only one.

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