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<ul><li><p>Method from Simply the Story (http://www.simplythestory.org) via Larry Dinkins, OMF missionary to Thailand 1 </p><p>Simply the Story </p><p>Six Step Process </p><p>1. Introduction The story should be thoroughly studied in its context noting the setting, characters, plot and structure. The introduction should be fairly brief. The goal is to orient the listener to the historic </p><p>and geographic setting and where it falls in the biblical timeline. Certain aspects of the story may need </p><p>to be clarified. The goal is to prepare the listener so that he will not be distracted by any new </p><p>information but instead will be able to concentrate on the story itself. </p><p>2. Telling the Story The Bible is closed during the introduction. The actual story begins when you open the Bible in your hands and begin with Now this is the Bible story Tell the story with passion and </p><p>drama, using plenty of gestures and adjusting your voice to reflect the mood of the passage and </p><p>characters. You may briefly lay the Bible down in order to make a point, but at the end of the story you </p><p>should close the Bible and set it down. The listener will understand that as long as the Bible is open </p><p>you are not making your own comments but are communicating the sacred Word. </p><p>3. Retelling the Story Ask a volunteer to retell the story for the whole group. Make sure you set them at ease by promising to help them and affirming them. Let them know that you do not expect them to </p><p>remember it all, but to simply retell what they do remember. Sometimes you may want more than one </p><p>person to retell the story. The group will help correct any errors in the telling by hearing the story over </p><p>and over the story will begin to become fixed in their minds. It may be difficult to find volunteers at </p><p>first, but as they understand the method they will find it easier to participate. </p><p>4. Step through the Story This is the observation step in which the answers to Who What Where When and How are sought. As the storyteller thinks through the story, he asks basic questions to make sure </p><p>the listeners are grasping the basic facts of the story. In this step you simply fill in the blanks by </p><p>asking, Jesus and his disciples were traveling through which town?, What did Martha ask Jesus? </p><p>How did Jesus make the blind man see? etc. There is no need to analyze at this step, simply make </p><p>sure the group is understanding the key facts. You may need to help the group out by giving hints and </p><p>key words to trigger their memory. </p><p>5. Finding the Treasures=Spiritual Observations Therefore every scribe which is instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure </p><p>things new and old. (Matt. 13:52). If you stumbled on a treasure in a field you would have great joy </p><p>and take your neighbors to see it. But their joy would not compare to the one who discovered the </p><p>treasure themselves. We need to honor the adult learner by allowing him to gain insight into the Bible </p><p>without being told directly by the teacher. The goal is to design questions that help the listener </p><p>discover biblical truth or draw a conclusion for themselves. We remember only 20% of what we hear, </p><p>40% of what we hear and see, but 80% of what we discover for ourselves. These questions will </p><p>highlight how God is working behind the scenes in peoples lives. Our stress is on what happened, </p><p>more than why it happened. Why questions tend to result in too much speculation. During this step </p><p>we will gain insight into the character and actions of both God and people. An example would be, </p><p>What attribute of God is shown by the feeding of the 5,000? </p><p>Example: What does each one in the story do or say? Then ask yourself: What does this show me </p><p>about that person? Can I know from the story if the person is a believer, a seeker, a doubter or a </p></li><li><p>Method from Simply the Story (http://www.simplythestory.org) via Larry Dinkins, OMF missionary to Thailand 2 </p><p>rejecter? Is faith or doubt being shown? How does God use circumstances to warn, teach or </p><p>encourage? </p><p>6. Spiritual Applications In step 5 the emphasis is on how God is working in the lives of people in the biblical story. In step 6 the goal is to discover spiritual truths that apply to our lives and ministry today. </p><p>Step 6 is based on what has been highlighted in steps 4 and 5. </p><p>a. Example: Is there anything in the story that surprised me: actions of God, or people or the results of peoples behavior? </p><p>b. Are the people in the story, believers, sincere seekers, skeptics or hardened rejecters of God? </p><p>c. What are the results of disobedience in this story? </p><p>d. Does anyone change their beliefs, attitudes or behavior? What causes them to change? What might </p><p>that teach us today? </p><p>e. How does God respond to peoples beliefs, feelings, words or actions? </p><p>f. How does my understanding of Gods attributes (Justice for instance) affect my life today? </p><p>g. How does this truth affect my life in my marriage, home, parenting, job, church, community, society? </p><p>Note: Many in the group will not be used to discovering or discussing spiritual truths for themselves. The </p><p>leader must be very patient and fight the urge to preach, use cross references, or exegete the meaning of the </p><p>story. As people get used to the method and you create a safe environment in which to dialogue, people will </p><p>be more open and participate more. The leader must be very humble and refuse the urge to share his </p><p>knowledge and answer the questions himself. Above all, the leader must be careful not to preach at the </p><p>group. The group needs to see that this method is reproducible and that any among them could lead a session </p><p>(not just a pastor or ajarn). You may write out the questions you want to ask in steps 4-6, but when you </p><p>actually lead the session do not look at your notes. Familiarize yourself with the story so that you can mentally </p><p>walk through the story and ask questions without notes as an aid. </p><p>Summary of the Six Step Storying Method </p><p>1. Introduction </p><p>2. Tell the Story </p><p>3. Retell the Story </p><p>4. Step through the Story </p><p>5. Finding the Treasures </p><p>6. Spiritual Applications </p><p>Example from Nathan and David 2, Samuel 12:1-14 </p><p>Introductionstep 1: David had committed adultery with Bathsheba and God had told his prophet Nathan to </p><p>confront King David with his sin. Nathan could have spoken directly but instead he used a story: </p><p>Framestep 2-4: (v. 1-4) Like a painting Nathan framed his message in a story about a rich man (David) who </p><p>stole a lamb (Bathsheba) from a poor man (Uriah). This is the observation step where the facts are laid out. </p><p>Mirrorstep 5: (v. 5-6) David sees the spiritual principles and implications of the story and demands that </p><p>justice be done. The rich man deserves to die for stealing anothers property. David unconsciously discovers </p></li><li><p>Method from Simply the Story (http://www.simplythestory.org) via Larry Dinkins, OMF missionary to Thailand 3 </p><p>the treasure in the story. David as the rich man had taken Uriahs property and as a result deserved to die. </p><p>The rich man mirrored the attitude and actions of David. </p><p>Windowstep 6: (v. 7-14) The spiritual application directly to David is clear when Nathan says, Thou art the </p><p>man! The sword of the Word is driven into his heart as David sees through this window of his soul to the sin </p><p>that lies beneath. </p><p>Sample Story from Luke 10:38-42 - Martha and Mary </p><p>1. Introduction As Jesus and His disciples passed by the village of Bethany, they stopped to enjoy the </p><p>hospitality of some close friends named Martha and Mary. Receiving a visiting Rabbi with honor was </p><p>very important in the Jewish culture and Martha took it on herself to prepare an elaborate meal </p><p>for her guests while her sister, Mary, chose to sit quietly at the feet of Jesus and listen to His teaching. </p><p>Martha becomes distracted and upset in her preparations and Jesus has to remind her of His true </p><p>priorities. </p><p>2. Tell the Story </p><p>3. Retell the Story </p><p>4. Step through the Story </p><p>5. Finding the Treasures </p><p> a. Do not choose to take on so much work that you lose the vital time you need to learn </p><p>from Gods Word. </p><p> b. Dont accuse God of not caring, He always cares for his children. </p><p> c. Should we be TELLING God how to solve our problems? </p><p> d. Martha is actually criticizing Jesus and then demanding that Jesus do as she tells Him, </p><p>Jesus responds by speaking kindly to her. </p><p> e. Despite Marthas demands, Jesus shows genuine concern for Martha by calling her </p><p>personally by her name. </p><p> f. Working in the kitchen or in ministry is not wrong, but if our work takes us away from the </p><p>Word we are not choosing the good thing. </p><p> g. One can continue to worship and communicate with God even when they are working. </p><p> h. Marys good choice cannot be taken away, but Marthas poor choice can be taken away. </p><p>When God looks back on our life we may realize that some things were poor choices because our </p><p>priorities in our service for Him were wrong. </p><p> i. Often Gods priorities must win over cultural expectations </p><p>6. Spiritual Applications </p><p>a. Why is Jesus happy with Mary and not happy with Martha? Isnt preparing a meal and </p><p>showing hospitality a good thing to do? Does this story teach that it is always better to do a </p><p>Bible study than to cook a meal? </p><p>b. What does the description of sitting at his feet mean to you? In what ways today can we </p><p>sit at Jesus feet and learn? </p><p>c. With what title did Martha address Jesus? What does Lord mean? Does it make sense to call </p><p>someone master and then not listen or obey Him? </p><p>d. Is Martha preparing a very elaborate meal or simple meal? What two people does Martha </p><p>complain against? What is Marthas complaints? Is Martha complaining to Jesus about </p><p>something she brought upon herself? </p></li><li><p>Method from Simply the Story (http://www.simplythestory.org) via Larry Dinkins, OMF missionary to Thailand 4 </p><p>e. Do we ever take on too many responsibilities (even good responsibilities)? How does taking </p><p>on too much work affect us? </p><p>f. How does Martha indicate her distrust of Jesus? (Dont you care?) Have you ever said </p><p>something similar to God? </p><p>g. How is Martha treating Jesus when she says, Jesus, you tell Mary to help me! </p><p>h. Martha blames Mary for not helping her. Do we ever blame others when problem lies with </p><p>us? </p><p>i. Jesus says, Only one thing is vital and Mary has chosen that which is good. Only one </p><p>thing refers to what? How is the choice that Mary made different than Marthas choice? </p><p>j. How did Jesus respond to Martha. What does the repetition of her name show? </p><p>k. Is there anything in the story that indicates whether or not Martha was worrying about </p><p>something new, or a long term habit she had? </p><p>l. Did Martha have other options to deal with the need of her guests for food? Could Martha </p><p>have asked Jesus for advice on what to do? </p><p>m. Is it possible to be doing physical work, like Martha, and at the same time learn to worship </p><p>God? </p><p>n. Between Martha and Mary, which woman was giving to Jesus and which one was receiving? </p><p>Which attitude does Jesus value? </p></li></ul>