Simply The Story, An Effective Tool For Your Ministry
I have attended a training recently called “Simply The Story” or otherwise known as the STS. The program teaches us on how to effectively use stories in the Bible in evangelism, sermon, Bible studies, and even in discipleships. The program “seems to be simple” and yes it is, but it is hard to work out especially for the first timers.
We have been hearing so many Bible stories in our lifetime especially those who were born in a Christian family. Guess what, almost all of us thought that Bible stories are only for kids.
We used to attend worship services during Sundays and we used to hear our pastors quote a synopsis of Bible stories in their illustrations. In here, it is totally different. We will be using stories to witness and evangelize adult people. Knowing the right way of telling Bible stories, I assure you that it can really create an impact in the life of a person.
To be honest, I really never thought that stories can do so much in comparison to the Epistles. But now, my eyes were opened that 80% of the Bible itself was written in story form. And such has its purpose.
The idea is, by walking step by step and slowly, we will be able to get so many treasures embedded in the Bible stories. And these stories are extremely wonderful that you yourself would not think that it is in the story.
In Simply The Story, there are two main parts; Preparation and Presentation. Here’s a very simple instruction on how to prepare your story:
Steps In Preparing The Bible Story
- Go to the kitchen, to prepare the story. Read it the story in the Bible out load in your own words. Close your Bible and say it in your own words, out loud. Repeat this process 4-5 times or more whenever you still need.
- Look for spiritual observation.
- Apply those spiritual observations in your life.
Here’s how you present the story:
- Tell the story (You will tell the story three times, the other two is step 2 and 3).
- In your Bible Story group, allow someone to retell the story, as best as they could remember (not necessarily perfect, but the idea is at the best they can).
- Tell the story again, but this time through questions
- Assist the group and lead them in discovering spiritual observations that you have discovered. You will do this by asking questions that will lead them to these spiritual truths.
- Assist the group in applying those spiritual truths in their lives.
There you have it. It has a very simple process, yet a little difficult to implement.
I strongly suggest that you contact Dorothy Miller (Founder and Directress of STS) or Bran Thompson the Director of Story4All, and is also engage in podcasting, and story telling coach. They were our mentors in our STS training in IMB Pasay and in Greenhills Christian Fellowship.
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