Bible Study, Musings

Truth through Story

I have spent much of the last two years studying and teaching through the wonderful book of Romans (that material will be posted on this site soon). This requires looking at doctrine, wrestle with concepts. These truths are very important and necessary for a firm foundation. But not all truth was given through or in a didactic form/genre. Most of the Bible teaches truth through narrative-through story. These truths are not less important, just harder to identify.

Stories are actually more effective for communicating certain truths and for motivating individuals toward action.

Think for instance of a paradox.  It is one thing to state a paradox (i.e. God is loving. John 3:16; 1 John 4:8; God is Righteous, just and wrath. John 3:36; 2 Thessalonians 1:8). Another to tell a story were the paradox is in full view but where we must wrestle with the truth (see Habakkuk).

This is also true for motivation.  We are told, “love your neighbors.” But that doesn’t seem to be as motivating as the story of the Good Samaritan.

In spite of this, we often relegate stories to Children’s ministry–as though they are less important, less meaningful or too familiar.

So for the next few weeks I will be seeking to learn not only through stories, but through characters.  And though these “stories” are familiar-there is much to learn.

The series will be:
Profiting from the Prophets

Daniel 1 and 6 (2 lesson)

Decisions and Dedication

Jonah and Psalm 15 (2-3 lessons)

Decisions and Disappointment

Habakkuk        (1-2 lessons)

Disappointment to Faith

Fear to Faith

Worry to Worship

Haggai (2 lessons)

Possessions, Priorities, Purity and Providence

Conviction, Courage, Cleanliness and Consummation

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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