“All these things Jesus spoke to the multitudes in stories;

                       and without a story, He did not speak to them…”   Matthew 13:34

     1.     What is Bible Orality?

Definition: Bible Orality is using Bible Stories to teach spiritual truths!  This is a very basic and simplistic answer. 

2.     How would you explain this definition in a more detailed way?

It is recognizing:

– That God created us with the desire to listen to and to tell stories to others. This is a natural ability and desire in every human being.

– God gave us His Book, the Bible, and wrote 75% of it in story form.

– When Jesus was on earth He used story telling as his only method of teaching.

3.     I thought that Storytelling is only for children for Sunday School.  Is this not true?

We see that Jesus always used stories with people and since he did not spend that much time in his ministry exclusively with children, and we see him teaching the learned and the adults with stories.

4.     So why do you think I should tell stories?  I am living in the 21st century, not in Jesus’ time and history.

The people in the 21st century are more and more listening to stories to get all their information.  Most of the major corporations and the educational institutions in the world are using storytelling in getting their message out.  Marketing strategies demand that you use story telling.

5.     Could you give me some examples?

With the advances in technology and science, more and more people are tied into the computer, the cell phone and the media, like television.  People want to get their information by hearing about other people’s lives in story form.

6.     But that is not story telling. Is it?

If you watch television for any length of time, and evaluate what you are seeing, you will notice that, all the advertisements are stories; such as, “how so and so was sad, because they were ugly and nobody liked them, but they used this particular brand of soap, and they became pretty, and all the people just loved them and they became very popular”.  A Story!

And the regular programs on TV are tele-dramas or sitcoms, which are telling the story of one person or the other.  They are also called ‘reality TV’, because they are supposed to portray real life situations in people, or how they react to different situations in real life. These are “Stories of people.”

7.     Where and when can I use Bible   Stories?  On what occasions?          When you preach a message.  When you lead a Home Bible Study or a Cell Group. For an Evangelism Training Class or a Discipleship Class. On Visitation – Hospital, Home, Special Occasions (e.g. House Warming)

8.     How do I know this will work for me?

We call it the “Taste Test”!  Try for yourself and see if this will work!  Try it for three to six months, and see the effects and the changes that it will bring in your life and in your ministry and in the people that are around you.  Notice if more people are coming to your groups, if more people are engaged with you when you speak, if people are maturing in their faith because of greater understanding of spiritual information. That is the real test.  Then are more people willing to lead a group or speak at events, because they feel they can tell a story.

9.     I have not attended a training seminar, but I am interested in using this method of Bible Storytelling in my ministry. How can I start?

We would recommend that you get a copy of Training Manual 1 and study it carefully.  But you can do it without that book also.

Find a story from the Bible, and read it carefully with the following questions in your mind:

  1. Who are the people in this story?
  2. Where is this story taking place?
  3. When or what time is this story taking place?
  4. What is happening in the story?
  5. How are the people acting and reacting in this story?
  6. What do I like about this story?
  7. What don’t I like about this story?
  8. What do I learn about God from this story?
  9. What do I learn about man/people from this story?
  10. What do I learn about myself from this story?

Then when you have done this, tell the story to a friend, a Bible Study group, your church, and ask those who hear it those same questions above.  What is the result?  You have just now done the process of using Bible Storytelling. (This is a highly condensed version, but it will give you a taste of the possibilities and the joys of Bible Storytelling.)

10.  Where can I get a list of Bible Stories to tell?











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