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Topic: Click (04/18/13)
- TITLE: Story Telling
By Carla Rogers
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“How many know the story of Moses striking the rock to get water?”
Jumping to how I thought the class would end, I grumbled, “I am not going to learn anything new in this Bible study.” How wrong I was.
Our very friendly and animated leader simply told the story like he would to a child. Looking around at the long time members, the eyes seemed to say just wait; the best is yet to come. We went through the story one more time with the audience’s help. It seemed like he was telling a child a bedtime story when the very small child knows every sentence, every word, every inflection of the voice and the child can’t wait to help tell the story. “This is the strangest Bible study I have been to.”
Then the magic really began. I knew my devotional life would never be the same. The speaker started asking questions about Moses striking the rock to get water; questions I have never really thought of, questions that got me thinking in all kinds of directions. What other actions, right or wrong, could the Israelites have done instead of complain to Moses? Answers started flying from all over the room. What other actions could Moses have done? How can we apply this to our lives today? Amazing answers came from these questions, answers that either I have never heard or the answer had never penetrated my heart.
During the process of the Bible study, everyone had to come to a realization of how the story could be applied in their lives. The leader wasn’t giving us the answers, but letting the group lead the discussion. The story impacted my life like never before. I now want to share how this story can apply to everyday life, how God can do the same thing as in the Bible story. That is how to spread God’s Word, in everyday conversations with people, helping them apply the Scriptures to their situations. Isn’t that what we want; “reproducible ministry”?
I was so excited after this Bible study that I wanted to learn more. I clicked on their web site at www.SimplyTheStory.org and I couldn’t stop clicking; reading all the testimonies, of the youth, illiterate, and regular people that have been touched. Eighty-seven percent of the population of the US learns best through oral telling, even though only fourteen percent are illiterate. Bible stories done this way can be taught to learned and unlearned people everywhere. People learn to use their critical minds to study, an inductive process, to explore the stories to find more truth each day. A “children’s” Bible story is not just a history lesson. It can actually apply to our lives today; what an amazing concept.
Dear Father, thank you for guiding us in our knowledge of how to get your love to others; others who would be otherwise lost. Help me to learn how best to reach the lost around me. Amen.
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