I love stories, whether they are in a book, on the big screen or a friend who is sharing an experience. For me stories that include action, suspense, and preferably at least one good fight scene are the ones I gravitate to.
Do you have a favorite story?
The unique thing about stories is that our brain is designed to put us in the story. For instance, when a tale includes a lot of emotion, listeners or watchers engage because that part of the brain is being used, and they begin to experience those emotions (ie: love, loss, pain, etc.). Another example — if someone tells us about how delicious certain foods are, our sensory cortex lights up.
By simply telling a story, the storyteller could plant ideas, thoughts, and emotions into the listeners’ brains.
Do you know the greatest selling story of all time? The Bible is the greatest selling story, with over 5 billion copies sold! In fact, the Bible is one story that begins in a garden, ends in a city, and all the way through points to Jesus Christ. Many people know some of the stories from the Bible, but not how the narrative fits together.
The Bible is the Word of God, it is much more than a historical book, it is the primary way God speaks to people today. When one reads the Bible, we can expect to hear from God (2 Timothy 3:16, John 1:1-14). Do you want God to speak into your life or situation? Make sure you are reading, and reading with the expectation that God will speak to you!
The story of the Bible is much more than information. Reading the Bible is about transformation (Hebrews 4:12). When we read the Bible, our ultimate goal is to meet with God. And when we meet with God through His Word it produces life in us (1 Peter 1:22-25).
You may read this and think “I have never experienced the Bible in this way, or realized it is one big story.” My encouragement is that in 2020 you make it your goal to read this story for yourself.
You can also join us at Rome Alliance — this year we are going through this story in 50 sessions, while pointing out where Jesus can be found throughout.
Jesus Christ is the Bible’s treasure and when we discover Jesus, everything in life changes!
You can join us on a Sunday Morning at 9:30 a.m. or you can follow along online as we post this story week after week: https://soundcloud.com/pastorbrycebaldwin
May you find this year to be the year you know the whole story as you discover the Bible’s greatest treasure — Jesus.