Let Me Tell You a Story

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A summer evening around a campfire – there’s no better time to tell stories.

Good storytellers have an excellent grasp of plot, character, vocabulary, expression and timing. Knowing exactly when to deliver the punchline makes all the difference.

We enjoy stories because they take us on a journey

We remember stories because they connect with us at a deep level

We tell stories to keep a truth alive.

Jesus spoke to people in stories.

The gospel of Luke tells some of Jesus’ best known and most memorable stories:

The sower and the seed, the Good Samaritan, the rich fool, the barren fig tree, the mustard seed, the yeast, the story of the great feast.

“One day Jesus told a story in the form of a parable to a large crowd that had gathered from many towns to hear him.” (Luke 8:4)

We continue to tell the stories of Jesus. They teach, they entertain, and they challenge us.

Jesus used the communication tool of a story because he was following his Father’s pattern. The Bible is God’s story, beginning in a garden, ending in a city. There is joy, drama, failure, conflict, death and new life! It is tragedy, comedy, romance and action. There are shipwrecks, battle scenes, imprisonments, politics, world events, births and marriages.

At its heart the Bible is a love story.

The great theologian Karl Barth was asked what the Bible story was all about. He replied,

“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”