Today, I read a blog concerning the importance of “The Story” in our preaching and teaching.  Even our members have more information at their finger tips than they can possibly assimilate.  Most people believe that they know little about our current cultures.  You know things like politics, music, TV, societal norms.  However, most of them understand much about our political process.  They listen to the most popular music.  They watch TV, play the most recently released video games.  They understand and they are impacted by politically correct speech. 

Daniel Shore has recently written a book that emphasized the importance of “The Story” in our modern culture, especially our youngest members of society who have had instant access to every fact or figure they will ever need.  Fact and figures have come to mean nothing to them.  But they still value the story.  “Put these facts into context.  Tell me how this figure applies to my life.”  This cry for relevance resonates in the hearts of many people in their 20’s and 30’s. 

In dealing with our members, they often cannot understand the facts and figures that are impacting their lives.   Isn’t the story–their story–even more important?  While the art of story telling may be fading slowly into a maze of facts, it can never happen in our sub-culture. Because The Story is what makes the facts that swirl noisily in their brains become skin and bone. 

More than most, Jesus understood the importance of The Story.  He did not pepper his teaching with stories.  He taught with stories.  He knew all the facts and figures that cram the scriptures.  However, he ignored them because he had more important things to tell–The Story of God’s love for all men and women.  He chose The Story to teach the fundamentals of a godly life and how to truly love God.

If our story telling skills sit on a shelf in a rusty can, pull them out.  Begin to practice.  Follow Jesus’s example.  We can reach our members with The Story of God great live for each of us.

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