It’s all in the story

IMG_1924.JPGWe’ve been thinking about how to share the good news about Jesus with people via story telling. When I say story telling you probably immediately think fiction, or make believe or fairy-tales or something like that.

But what we’ve been working on is how to share the true stories of the Bible about God and his great plan of salvation in Jesus Christ in a way that engages with people from cultures more given to learning via oral methods. We might find that strange to hear, because generally we may be given to learning more via printed text and analysis [at least I know I am].

I’m currently working on preparing the stories of Luke 7:11-17 and Luke 24:1-35. These two stories are about Jesus and his power over death. The first is about Jesus and his power to speak to a dead boy in a funeral procession and to raise the boy to life again. The second is all about the account of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Both these stories are great snapshots of Jesus’ power and promise to those who would trust in him.

I’ve really enjoyed practicing the stories on my kids as we walk to and from daycare. The other day we were stopped at a light and I was telling the story of Thomas and his disbelief from John 20 and a cyclist pulled up besides us and listened in too. Lots of people don’t actually know any true stories about Jesus and we’re hoping that as they hear about Jesus in these stories from the Bible they’d be keen to think more about him and their response to him.

After we tell the story we might ask a few questions to get people thinking like…

  1. What did you like about the story?
  2. What do we learn about people?
  3. What do we learn about God?
  4. Did you have any questions about the story?
  5. What’s something you’d like to think more about?
  6. Who could you tell this story to this week?

Later this month we’ll actually head down to St Paul’s Cathedral (pictured above) in Melbourne city to share these stories and others (all captured in the stained-glass windows of the cathedral) with tourists, passers-by and any one who is willing to listen to us for a minute or two. Why not pray for us right now?

— Chris