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!
- What are you learning about the power and place of simply retelling Bible stories?
- 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.”