Stories are such an important part of the Bible. The Old Testament is filled with the practical stories that have become the foundation of so much Christian teaching. There are some great stories like David and Goliath, Moses and the 10 Commandments, and Joshua and the Wall of Jericho.
New Testament stories map out for us the basic experience of the Christian faith. Such as, The Birth of Christ, The Crucifixion, The Resurrection and all of the different miracles that Jesus performed. They all become classics for us. Just as important are the parables that Jesus taught.
Any speaker today, that wants to be heard, knows that utilizing stories helps the listener to remember the message much better. We hunt for good illustrations for sermons, or speeches. We cherish the classic stories of our own journey through faith which we use to explain our convictions, who we are and where we are going. It’s so important that we realize how precious these stories from the Bible are.
It’s interesting that the stories that stick with us and are our favorites are the same ones we use to teach others. I’d like to hear your ideas about the importance of stories and which stories you have found most influential for your Christian Journey. For me, the story of the Crucifixion and Resurrection are, of course, the key to my understanding of salvation. But it’s the story of The Good Samaritan that Jesus uses in the Book of Luke that I use to illustrate what we’ve come to know as “The Great Commandment”; to love God, love our neighbors and ourselves. That story, in many ways, explains so much of what it is to be a Christian.
What are your favorite Bible stories?