simply retelling

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Retelling Bible stories is an essential disciple-making (and disciple-becoming) skill that demonstrates understanding and leads to multiplication. For many of us, however, mastering this simple skill is hard work!

This became clear to me when I was leading a workshop just last week. Although it seemed natural for the young people and came easily for a handful of others, simply retelling Bible stories was particularly hard for the preachers (who wanted to preach) and the Sunday school teachers (who wanted to teach).

By the end of the workshop, however, everyone had curbed their appetite to preach, teach or otherwise add to the Scriptures.

We had finally discovered that the Scriptures don’t need us, we need the Scriptures.

Here are some things that helped us:

  • Listening to the Scripture talk about itself: Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Isaiah 55:10-11
  • Hearing what the Scripture says about our own limitations: Proverbs 3:5
  • Retelling passages in different ways: verbally, in writing and with pictures.
  • Using a timer.
  • Practice, practice and practice!

Your turn:

  1. What are you learning about the power and place of simply retelling Bible stories?
  2. What steps might you and your team considering to further develop your retelling skills?

Leave a comment so others (including me) can learn from you!

Scripture references (NIV)

Scripture on Scripture

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Isaiah 55:10-11 “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

Scripture on our own understanding

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

4 thoughts on “simply retelling

  1. Every Home for Christ, headquartered here in Colorado Springs, coached by David Watson and David Garrison, developed “Be Fruitful and Multiply”, better known as BFAM which is Discovery Bible Studies focused essentially on story-telling via the parables.

    This is just a FYI to say that EHC is using this pretty much worldwide and it is easily “caught” because of the simplicity of story telling.


    1. Hi Roger, thanks for sharing how others are focusing on story (re)telling. You also raise the important question of what stories we should be telling!

      It will be great to see what resources EHC has developed on both of these fronts.

      Does anyone else have resource suggestions?



  2. Dear beloved’s
    How interesting that I should come across beloved brethren are dwelling in togetherness. I bless the name of the Lord for what you are doing in the body of Christ. It is wonderful to see men and women of God stand firm in faith and declare the message of Jesus Christ.
    My name is Isaac married to Emily. We are working in the body of Christ by  Church us Family network New Testament home Church relationship in Kenya East Africa. I was greatly touched and ministered to when I came a cross your Ministry page. God bless you greatly for obeying his Voice to minister this kind of healing to the Body of Christ.
    I want to encourage you both to continue to re-discover your true identities and walk this earth reflecting the Love of Christ. Life is but a journey…. that leads us back into the Father heart of God. Don’t let religious concepts stand in the way of TRUTH…. for the doctrine of men only lead to certain death but relationship with the Father leads to a NEW & LIVING way. Jesus said ” my words are SPIRIT & LIFE ” Let the Spirit guide and teach you in all HIS ways. The world is looking for something….. we have what they are looking for. I’m not talking about getting them “saved” no, no, no, but rather they have an encounter with the ONE who Loves  them from before the foundations of this known world. That of course is the Christ in us ! ( not just us but to every person on this earth who is born of a woman ) There are no laws, rules, or regulations to follow for it is written on our hearts. Jesus came to set us free from the law of sin & death. Beloved you are FREE indeed.
    Would you please pray with us about the possibility of Coming to Africa some day if the Lord allows and may be do some ministry in this area? We have several Church us Family New Testament home Church relationship in Kenya pray that one day the lord may send you to come and strengthen our Family relationship with what God has put in you for the glory of the body of  Christ. Please pray and see if the Lord leads. My heart has been to unite the friends and families for the love of Christ, as the bible says in Luke 10. I believe the dream of Jesus as in John 17 was to see the strong relationship united and show the world that we are one..
    May God bless you as we continue praying for you and looking forward to hearing from you.
    In his love
    Isaac & Emily Mukweyi


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