Misunderstanding of the word “story”

A story is often seen as a fable and just for children. It is a powerful communication tool. The media and marketers know and use this but the church tends to be stuck in traditional teaching methods.


Fear that storytelling will distort the Bible

Many scholars fear that by telling the Bible as a story it will become diluted and twisted. We have found that oral storytelling actually leads people to read their Bible more.

You can’t teach the Epistles with storytelling

Actually, there is a way to teach the Epistles with storytelling. The Epistles were written to help believers live out the story of the Gospel and the Old Testament. We have found that as we tell the story, the principles from the Epistles explain and give more detail on the story. We regularly insert verses from the Epistles into sermons of both New Testament and Old Testament stories. The Epistles also expound on the stories found in the book of Acts.


It is more work to prepare.

It is hard work to learn the story week after week. A prepared DVD teaching with a fill in the blank worksheet is much easier to lead but does not yield the same kind of results.  It takes time and planning to prepare a story series. There are some prepared series to be found on-line. But to do it well, these still need to be tweaked to meet the needs of your audience.


It is more chaotic and can get messy.

Storytelling small groups and preaching rely on the action of the Holy Spirit and He is uncontrollable and unpredictable, but He is also all knowing and loving. Biblical storytelling challenges world view and require change and that can be difficult.

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