Story telling

HOW TO PREPARE AND TELL A BIBLE STORY

Why should we tell a Story / Bible Story?

  • To communicate Biblical truth
  • To simplify abstract concepts
  • To feed the imagination
  • To convince a truth
  • To make a logical presentation

 

PREPARATION

  • First thing
  • Fix up a convenient time and a comfortable quiet place
  • Pray to God for revealing his thought to you

 

  • Read, Figure out and write
  • Read the text minimum 3 times
  • Understand the background
  • Identify the Problem & solution
  • Fix – Where to start and where to Stop
  • Fix the Hero of the story
  • Spiritual Lesson – MT
  • Memory Verse – MV

 

  • Main Thrust (MT) is the :
  • Spiritual Lesson
  • Message of the day
  • Only one in a story
  • Should be short, in the form of a statement
  • to the need of the audience
  • Should fixed in at least 3 spots in the story
  • Examples :
    • “When you read and meditate Bible, you will listen to God’s voice.”
    • “Honor the Lord with your offering”
    • “Jesus will be happy when you witness Him to your friends”
    • “GOD loves to help those who never lie”

 

–  Memory Verse (M.V)

  • Communicates the Main Thrust (MT) of the Story
  • Take from the passage itself or from a general passage – never take from one story and use it in another.
  • clearly memorize it yourself
  • Fix the length according to children
  • Explain the meaning of M.V before the story time, and remind it in the end of the story.
  • Examples :
    • 1 Sam 2:30. for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed.
    • Hebrews 13:5. I will never fail you nor forsake you.
    • 1 John 1:9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
    • John 1:12. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God

4 Parts of a Story

  1. Introduction
  2. Progression of Events
  3. Climax
  4. Conclusion

 

  1. Introduction

Introduction is how do you open the story and connect to the first scene. It could be a simple narration or some catchy words and questions. Kinds of Starts are :

– Direct Start, Question Start, Illustration Start, Suspense Start, Recall Start etc

  1. Progression of Events

Once the story is opened, the story should proceed scene by scene in order. It should move from the problem towards its climax.

  • The story should be condensed or expanded in ten to fifteen points (or scenes)
  • not to overlap
  • Takes the problem to the climax
  • Builds around the Hero/heroine
  • Characters and other data are introduced in the right places/scenes
  • Modulations, narrations, direct speeches to be used
  • Insert the Gospel points in right places
  • Insert the M.T in at least two relevant spots

Climax

  • The solution of the problem is the Climax. Declare the solution in words clearly.

Conclusion

  • Should be in one/ short line

 

Connecting to Decision making and Prayer

  1. Mention the Main thrust as the lesson of the story
  2. Mention the Memory Verse once
  3. Ask them to take decision based on the M.T
  4. Ask the unsaved to invite Jesus
  5. If call is given, mention where to meet for counseling after prayer
  6. Help them to pray after you
  7. Pray for them and close

 

General Instructions of Communication in story telling

  • Mind your Verbal, Non-verbal and Sub-verbal Communication
  • Make it maximum 15 to 20 mnts
  • Use Simple Language (knowing their language, slangs /accents helps)
  • Use appropriate Body Language
  • Use Facial Expression
  • Make Voice Variation
  • Keep Eye contact
  • Be driven by burden

 

List of Events for a model Portion: Mark 4:35-41

 

  1. It was an evening, Jesus and His disciples gathered in the Galilee sea shore.
  2. Jesus told the disciples “Let us go over to the other side of the see”.
  3. They had a smooth sail and a good fellowship.
  4. Jesus grew tired and went to sleep at the backside
  5. Suddenly the wind started blowing and sea became rough.
  6. A big storm arose and waves hit the boat.
  7. Peter and John were experts so tried to control the boat.
  8. It failed and hope of survival was lost.
  9. They saw Jesus sleeping at the back side of the boat.
  10. They woke Jesus and screamed “do you not care if we perish”
  11. Jesus woke up and stood up.
  12. Jesus ordered the wind and the sea to calm down and they did.
  13. Jesus rebuked the disciples why were they afraid, did not believe.
  14. All were astonished at the nature’s obedience to Jesus.
  15. They reached the ashore safely.

 

Prepared points for the story

Problem                : Storm arose and they began to fear

Climax                     : The storm died and sea calmed

Hero                         : Jesus

MT                             : We should TRUST Jesus even in toughest of time

MV                            : Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3

 

Introduction       : Question Start. (Have you ever sailed?)

Conclusion           : They reached the other side safely

 

Decision                : Will you decide to trust Jesus even if problems are serious?

Prayer                     : Dear Lord, please help us to trust you when we face serious problems in our lives.  Amen.

 

Fixing Gospel Points and MT

 

  1. It was an evening, Jesus and His disciples gathered in the Galilee sea shore.

(Love)    2. Jesus told the disciples “Let us go over to the other side of the see”.

  1. They had a smooth sail and a good fellowship.
  2. Jesus grew tired and went to sleep at the backside

(Problem) 5. Suddenly the wind started blowing and sea became rough.

  1. A big storm arose and waves hit the boat.

(Sin)        7. Peter and John were experts so tried to control the boat.

(MT1)     8. It failed and hope of survival was lost.

  1. They saw Jesus sleeping at the back side of the boat.
  2. They woke Jesus and screamed “do you not care if we perish”

(MT 2)    11. Jesus woke up and stood up.

  1. Jesus ordered the wind and the sea to calm down and they did.

(Cross)   13. Jesus rebuked the disciples why were they afraid, did not believe.

  1. All were astonished at the nature’s obedience to Jesus.
  2. They reached the ashore safely.

 

Exercise Passages

  1. Genesis 22:1-13
  2. 1 Kings 5:1-15
  3. 1 Kings 18:19-40
  4. Mark 2:1-12
  5. John 21

 

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