The Role of Stories


Living in God's Incredible Story

Key Bible Verse: “In the future your children will ask, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.'” (Joshua 4:21-22)

Dig Deeper: Joshua 4

Stories can help us remember where we have been and what God has done for us.  When we begin to lose heart, we sometimes need to be reminded about what God has done.  The stories of God’s actions in the past give us hope for the future. Stories help us to become engaged in our own lives.  It is all too easy to live our lives in a detached fashion.

Stories help us learn to live better lives.  They shape us and teach us how to live. The examples we draw from the stories in books and movies, or friends and relatives, or the stories written in God’s Word, all help us figure out how we should live.

Stories give a shape to our lives, rescuing us from the mistake of thinking that our existence is just the accumulation of a random series of events.

When we think about our own lives as stories, it helps us remember that we are characters, not spectators.  Thinking about our lives in terms of story reminds us that God is at work in our lives.  That means that our lives are not just an accident.  Instead, they are filled with meaning.

– Matthew West in The Story of Your Life Interactive Journey

My Response: What is my favourite novel, movie, or story from the Bible?  Why does it mean so much to me?

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