Kingdom Living

The Power of Story Only Takes One So Far

June 7th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Ministry, Preaching

Stories are powerful. They tap into the emotions a lot more quickly and effectively than raw data. Because they are both effective and efficient it is easy to rely on them too heavily. I have heard sermons that had many powerful stories in them but in the mix of the story telling I wasn’t really sure where to find scripture in what I was hearing. I have also heard sermons and probably even preached them that were so dry that I thought what they really needed were a few more stories.

But stories can only take you so far…well, quite far, actually. Like anything that works, they can become a crutch that hobbles us and cripples us from tapping into the raw power of scripture. Often even in scripture itself raw truths are framed up by story and for a good reason…because stories work. Our database of stories must keep us coming back to scripture. If we don’t do that, we might become a renowned raconteur but it will lack the real panache that comes from the deep well of the inspired God story.


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  • John

    We must learn to see and read scripture as a living context. Applying scripture to their lives for many can be compared to moving bricks from one place to build a house in another,,,after a while, it just gets too tiring and boring. But when we sing the scripture with a new heart each day, it becomes our breath.

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