Did you ever think of Christianity as the story of reality? Isn’t that what the Bible is – the story of reality from beginning to end? But it’s more than just a history for it is also the roadmap to life – and for everyone, not just Christians.
Story is a powerful way of getting messages through to people who might not otherwise read or listen to another form of presentation. Story engages the imagination and draws you in. Have you ever thought of commercials as a form of story? Are commercials effective? Were Jesus’ parables (stories) effective?
Think back on Cook Baptist Church’s two presentations of Judgement House. We were presenting the Gospel message in story form, and it was effective in changing lives. The core message was there but it was presented in story. Story is a powerful medium – particularly in today’s visual media obsessed culture.
We have been commissioned to carry the Gospel message to the world, yet right here in a nation founded on Biblical principles, there are more people conversant in the Star Wars universe than in the Bible. OK, that may be a slight exaggeration, but I think you get my point.
The power of the Biblical message presented in story is not just in the story format itself but in the fact that this story is the true picture of reality for everyone.
To help you in seeing Christianity as story, I want to commend a new book to you: “The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How it Ends, and Everything Important in Between” by Greg Koukl. Greg weaves the story around five words – God, Man, Jesus, Cross, and Resurrection. This is a story you can tell others.
p.s. This book is in the church library - or will shortly be there.