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Telling the Gospel Through Story

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Telling the Gospel Through Story
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Telling the Gospel Through Story

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Everybody loves a good story. In an age when prepackaged gospel formulations leave people cold, well-told Bible stories can be used powerfully by God to touch people's hearts and draw them to himself. After ministry in both Western and non-Western contexts, church planter Christine Dillon has discovered that Bible storying is far more effective than most other forms of apologetics or evangelistic presentations. In fact, non-Christians actually enjoyed storying and kept coming back for more. Storying provides solid biblical foundations so listeners can understand, apply and respond to the gospel, and then go on to fruitful maturity in God's service. This book includes practical guidance on how to shape a good story, how to do evangelism through storying and how to lead Bible discussions. With particular insights for trainers and those working in crosscultural contexts, this guide provides you with concrete steps for sharing the Story that everyone needs to hear.

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About "Telling the Gospel Through Story"

Everybody loves a good story. In an age when prepackaged gospel formulations leave people cold, well-told Bible stories can be used powerfully by God to touch people's hearts and draw them to himself. After ministry in both Western and non-Western contexts, church planter Christine Dillon has discovered that Bible storying is far more effective than most other forms of apologetics or evangelistic presentations. In fact, non-Christians actually enjoyed storying and kept coming back for more. Storying provides solid biblical foundations so listeners can understand, apply and respond to the gospel, and then go on to fruitful maturity in God's service. This book includes practical guidance on how to shape a good story, how to do evangelism through storying and how to lead Bible discussions. With particular insights for trainers and those working in crosscultural contexts, this guide provides you with concrete steps for sharing the Story that everyone needs to hear.
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Meet the Author

Christine Dillon

Christine Dillon is a Australian missionary with OMF in Taiwan. She uses Bible stories to share the gospel, disciple and train leaders. She trains people in story telling in both Western and non-Western contexts.

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction: The Power Of Story
  • part One: Foundations
  • 1. Why Storying?
  • 2. Learning From Biblical Models
  • part Two: Preparing A Basic Story Set
  • 3. Choosing Suitable Stories
  • 4. Preparing Stories From The Biblical Text
  • part Three: Sow And Tell: Getting Out And Using Storying
  • 5. Getting Started
  • 6. Leading Discussion: The Why And How
  • 7. Discussion Dynamics: More Hints
  • part Four: Pass It On: Training Others
  • 8. Basics
  • 9. Motivating Trainees
  • part Five: Adapting For Specific Contexts
  • 10. Evangelistic Storying With Different Audiences
  • 11. Storying For Christian Teaching
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix A: Extra Discussion Questions
  • Appendix B: Different Storying Methods
  • Appendix C: Training Checklist
  • Appendix D: Sample Stories
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes

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An important part of the evangelism toolkit
5 stars By Kris, Sep 20 2017
Christine's book is a fantastic resource, and a great encouragement to make use of storytelling in our Gospel explanations. As fewer people in our society know the stories of the Bible, this book is becoming even more relevant today. Highly recommended.
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Excellent follow up
5 stars By Viviedawn, Aug 24 2017
I read this book after attending my first Bible Story Telling workshop with Wycliffe Queensland. The workshop hooked me on storying the Bible and this book added depth and insight to the methodology and rationale. Christine's examples of the ways in which story telling can be used for evangelism in particular are helpful and encouraging. I recommend this book as excellent follow up material for all who catch the vision.
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An excellent tool
5 stars By AJR, Jul 02 2017
I was on the lookout for a way to better engage myself, young people and co-workers in bible study and see it impact on our lives. The methods laid out in 'Telling The Gospel Through Story' have helped achieve just that. One young person said 'I have read the story before but never have I understood it quite as well as this'. This person was then able to share the story with a friend the next day. In other settings the 'rules' of the story telling time have enabled all, including those with a quieter demeanor, to safely engage in an enjoyable and relaxed study time. I look forward to using the principles of storytelling to explore the Bible further.

Husband, Father  Young People's Bible Study leader. Sydney.
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excellent reading
4 stars By jin pian, Dec 22 2016
This is an excellent book on how to tell bible stories in a simple and expressive way.The writer's skill in crafting and telling bible stories is very helpful to anyone who wants to tell bible stories in an effective way. Christine follows that with a few simple questions that help the listeners learn more of the truth in the stories and challenge them to apply the truth in their lives.I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their serve and share God's word with others in an easy way like Jesus did long ago.
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Excellent practical resource
3 stars By Claire, Jan 12 2016
Excellent practical tool for evangelism - storytelling - described by an Aussie missionary in Taiwan who uses this as the 'bread and butter' of her ministry. The companion website www.storyingthescriptures.com has training and example videos and testimonies. There is also a Facebook group (request to join) for people to share their storytelling experiences and pray for each other.
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  • Catalogue Code 351920
  • Product Code 9780830837946
  • ISBN 0830837949
  • EAN 9780830837946
  • Pages 224
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category Evangelism
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Jun 2012
  • Sales Rank #58425
  • Dimensions 209 x 139 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.295kg

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