Use Bible Stories to Show What God Is Like
command. †ďCome and let us recount
in Zion The work of the Lord our God!Ē
Anchor story. Jesus describes the kingdom of God with parables, Mark 5:1-20
Anchor verse. And He was teaching them many things in parables. Mark 4:2
Learning goal. Learn key Bible stories that will bring people to faith in Christ.
Growth goal. Be aware of how powerfully stories can convey Godís truths.
Skill goal. Relate the stories in the power of the Holy Spirit, in a way that hearers can repeat them to others.
Outcome goal. Believers know and tell Bible stories to many friends and family.
Dear Father, thank you for sending Jesus to bring good news to the world. Thank you for His stories that help us understand your message. Help us to tell these wonderful stories to other people.
†Learn from Jesusí story of the sower and the four different soils, Mark 4:1-20.
∑ What was Jesus sitting in while he taught this story? Verse 1
∑ Describe the four kinds of soils, and what happened to the seed in each. 4-8
∑ What kind of hearers correspond to the seed sown by the road? 14-15
∑ What kind of hearers correspond to the seed sown among rocks? 16-17
∑ What kind of hearers correspond to the seed sown among thorns? 18-19
∑ What kind of hearers correspond to the seed sown in the good soil? 20
During the week you and your coworkers tell stories to both believers and unsaved friends
∑ Tell the story of the four soils, Mark 4:1-20, and ask the above questions about it. Urge the people to discuss the answers.
∑ Explain the advantage of telling stories, as Jesus did: people learn more readily, and will repeat the stories to others.
∑ Ask the children to present what they have prepared.
∑ Memorize together John 8:12.
1. Learn to tell stories from Jesusí example.
∑ Jesus was the worldís most effective messenger. To help people understand his message, Jesus used true stories as well as parables that give examples from common, daily activities in the lives of ordinary people.
∑ †Jesus used stories because they are easy for people to understand, to remember and to share with others.
∑ His stories communicated truths that people find so valuable that they eagerly passed them on to their family and friends.
∑ The Good News spread quickly among the Jewish people. Section 2. Below relates †some of the truths that the stories of Jesus reveal to us.
2. God often works in a mysterious way.
∑ Jesusí stories compare the mystery to the growth of plants and other things that men easily understand.
∑ God works with people that men think are weak or unimportant.
∑ Jesusí message, unlike many religious messages, was fresh and powerful.
∑ Jesus told us that God is seeking us; He wants to save us from our sins.
∑ God saves us through Jesus when we repent and trust Him.
∑ God gives us work to do. He wants us to serve Him with joy and not with fear.
∑ God will greatly reward those who serve him and will punish those who reject him.
3. Please read the following six examples of stories that Jesus used to reveal truths about His kingdom. Each time you read a story, ask God to help you understand it. †Find in each story, something that helps you to understand God and what He wants you to do.
∑ Find in Matthew 13:31-35 what God wants you to learn from a Mustard Seed:
What the yeast and the mustard seed represent.
How the kingdom of God begins and what happens as it grows.
∑ Find in Luke 5:36-38, the story of an Old Coat and an Old Bottle:
What the new patch and the new wine represent.
How the message of Jesus compares to other or older religious messages.
∑ Find in Luke 15:8-10, the story of a Lost Coin:
Whom the woman and the lost coin represent.
With what urgency God seeks the lost and what he does when he finds them.
∑ Find in Luke 18:10-14, the story of a Repentant Tax Collector:
Why the attitude of the Pharisee did not please God.
How we should approach God.
∑ Find in Matthew 24:45-51, the story of a Faithful Servant:
Whom the faithful servant represents and what his work represents.
The attitude with which we serve God.
∑ Find in Matthew 25:1-13, the story of a Wedding Feast:
What awaits those who faithfully serve Christ and what awaits those who fail to serve Him.
What the wedding feast represents. (For help with this see Rev. 19:1-10.)
We, too, should tell Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments to communicate Godís truth. The stories can be read, told by memory, sung, acted out or shown in a series of pictures.
4. Plan with co-workers additional activities to do during the week. Suggestions:
∑ Visit both believers and people who do not yet know Christ. Tell them stories that deal with their needs, from both the Old and New Testaments. Ask God to show you how you and those who hear the stories can put into practice the truths that the stories carry.
∑ Meet with those who teach children and help them to plan ways to tell the stories that Jesus told, and other Bible stories. Let children recite, dramatize or sing stories. They can also draw pictures and write poems about them.
∑ Discuss with your co-workers how they will use Bible stories in teaching and telling others about Jesus. Choose those stories that best help the people of your culture to understand the Good News. Use training materials and evangelistic tools that tell Bible stories.
members of the congregation how to tell Bible stories to their friends, and
how to do so during worship. Let them present stories through song, drama,
poetry and pictures. Let believers who are artistic draw pictures to
illustrate the stories.
5. Plan with co-workers additional, optional activities for the upcoming worship.
∑ Tell or act out one or more of the parables of Jesus that you have studied. Help the people to imagine how these stories should be told if they happened now, in your own culture.
∑ Ask questions about the truths that you have learned above.
∑ Explain how Jesus revealed truths about God in his stories. Explain some of those truths.
∑ To introduce the Lordís Supper, use the story Jesus told in Matthew 25:1-13 about the wise and foolish virgins who went to a wedding feast. Explain that the Lordís Supper gives us a taste of the Great Wedding Feast with Jesus that will be our reward in heaven.
∑ Ask some believers to give testimonials about how God has used Bible stories to reveal to them truths about God, and to help them pass on the good news to others.
∑ Form groups of two or three people, to pray and counsel one another and to confirm their plans to learn the stories that Jesus told and to pass them on to friends and family.