My name is Noemí G. Francis. I’d like to share with you something that is dear to my heart. Most of you know that the vision of Disciple Daily is two-fold. We desire to teach men, women, and children the overall storyline and structure of the Bible using twelve particular stories. We also want to train these people to share the stories they’ve learned, equipping their listeners to share them as well. We’ve seen over and over again how God uses us and His stories to initiate conversations, relationships, and even groups that gather to study together. It’s a joy to watch God work!
A Video Gift
I’d like to encourage you to watch the video displayed here. It was made recently in our adult Bible fellowship at Wayside Chapel in San Antonio, the Carpenters Class. My husband, Arlie, is teaching through the Life of Messiah Jesus. We are now looking at Jesus’ demonstration of His authority following the delivery of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). During the previous class, he challenged the class to learn to tell the story of Jesus healing the centurion’s servant, Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10. It was a blessing to have one of our young women share the story with the class. Afterward, we learned that a group of our women had gathered together for fellowship at a local restaurant. They were able to share the same story with the manager. Their experience led to a remarkable time of questions, answers, and looking in the Bible to learn more. They were so excited to tell us about the experience of being obedient and bold in telling the story.
This Sunday we were blessed to discover a simple, effective way to learn and share Bible stories from our guest speaker, Molly Veldt. Molly is a missionary who has served with her family in difficult places around the world. She is a gifted storyteller, and she shared her process with us as we studied the story of the widow of Nain, Luke 7:11-17. Her method is very straightforward. It can be used to learn any story from the Bible.
Read the story and learn to tell it yourself. Don’t memorize it; just tell it using the details in the text.
Don’t be afraid to include hand gestures. They add to visualizing and remembering.
Tell the story aloud. Tell it a second time so your listener can absorb more of the details.
Reconstruct the story detail by detail with your listener. Help each other recall the story accurately.
Retell the story with a partner, either together or individually.
Once you and your story disciples can tell the story together, go back and dig deeper into it for a clearer understanding of the concepts. Now is the time to delve into what God has for you in His Word. Many interpretation and application questions can be asked, but we use the four that are following most often since they can apply to every story. This time of discussion is most helpful as we learn from each other about the depth of God’s character and love.
What stood out to you as you heard this story?
What does this story teach us about God/Jesus/ the Holy Spirit?
What does this story teach us about humanity?
What is God telling you personally through this story?
It’s Your Turn Now!
As a retired public school teacher, I love using different learning styles to be sure folks have the best opportunity to make the material their own. I appreciate the visual (watch the storyteller), auditory (hear the story) and kinesthetic (now I’ll do it myself) approaches. As you can see from the video, our class was thoroughly engaged. The discussion was rich, leading to new thoughts and realizations about this remarkable story. Each of us left class equipped to share the story with someone else.
YOU can learn to tell His stories, too. Please enjoy the video. If you have any questions or comments, get in touch with us. We’d love to help you along your journey of learning and teaching God’s great story.