Christian Stories to Help Teach and Inspire
A story is more than just a story. Christian stories can inspire, impart Biblical truths, and help us sometimes get a new perspective on life in general.
Stories are memorable and become a part of us. Abstract ideas are easily forgotten, but when they are intertwined within a story, they are experienced and remembered.
When teaching Bible lessons, a story related to the topic is a wonderful tool to use. Jesus and others in the Bible used stories frequently to impart truths that may have otherwise not been understood.
For instance, take Jesus' story about the "Good Samaritan." (Luke 10:25-37) He was able to help His listeners understand how to love God and love others.
Remember when God used the prophet Nathan to tell a story? He told a story about a shepherd that had his sheep stolen so that King David would recognize the truth of his own sin. (2 Samuel 12: 1-10)
A Christian story can open our eyes to truths about ourselves through the passive, nonthreatening telling of a story about someone else.
Most preachers today use stories to clarify points of their sermons by using what is called "sermon illustration."
Whether a story is true or fictional, it really doesn't matter. What matters is that the listener becomes involved in the story and is transformed by its meaning. A story taps into our emotions and thereby locks in the experience in our memory.
Christian stories can be used in Bible studies to introduce a study topic, clarify a Biblical truth, or to involve the class emotionally by experiencing the story.
If you personally or as a group need a inspirational lift, try reading Christian books. Of course, don't let these replace your Bible study, but they can enhance your spiritual life and growth.
I have read so many wonderful Christian stories through Christian books, both nonfiction and fiction, that have touched my life in a very real way and many times have given me a new perspective by experiencing what the character in the book has gone through.
Remember - a Christian story is really much more than just a story!
Story of the Teacup A teacup tells the story of how the Master Potter brought him from a plain lump of clay to a beautiful teacup. This is a great story to help illustrate the truth of Jeremiah 18:1-6!