One of the most important tools that God has given us for our spiritual formation is the Bible.
The Bible contains wisdom from God that helps guide our lives.
But the Bible is more than a collection of eternal truths. If it was then all 66 books would read like Proverbs. No, the Bible is made up of a collection of different literary styles. The most common style is narrative.
As we read the Bible, we notice that there are many stories that tell us about the lives of people and their pursuit to follow God. Some of these stories are strange to our ears and don't make a lot of sense to us. This problem is made worse because we are constantly looking for the lesson from the story so we have something to apply to our lives.
When we do this, we often miss out on the real lesson that these stories teach us.
So how do we read the stories of the Bible?
It is important that we don't look at stories as isolated events that are there to teach us some eternal truth. We are to look at the whole scope of the narrative and discover how God worked in the lives of people. This gives us a better sense of what God wants us to know.
There is a central plot the runs through the story of each person that connects the individual events of there lives. Understanding this plot helps us to learn the lessons we need to be the faithful people God created us to be.
Not only is there a central plot the moves through the story of each person, but there is a central plot that connects the stories throughout the Bible. Finding this plot helps us discover that the main story of the Bible points to Jesus.
STOP — Philippians 1:12-20 Summarize Paul transitioned to updating the Philippians about his life. The main point that he wanted them to kn...
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