Monday, November 25, 2013

Ministry Highlight: Bible Storying

Bible Storying at Tenwek Hospital, Kenya
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16, 17 ESV).

This verse is one of the most significant in all of Scripture for Christians. It tells us that Scripture is given to us so that we will be equipped and complete. It tells us how this is accomplished—it trains us in righteousness, it corrects, it reproves, it teaches. It even tells us why Scripture is able to accomplish this work—it comes straight from God...breathed out by Him!

As Christians there are many doctrines of Scripture that we hold dear: The Priesthood of All Believers (there is no elite class, but we are all equal in our access to God and in our responsibility before Him)—and—The Clarity of Scripture (Everything in Scripture that God deems necessary for us to understand is clearly communicated to us).

I have always said that I believed these things, but my experiences during our last term in Uganda have thoroughly convinced me of their truth! During a Bible Storying Training at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya, our team leader led a group of local believers through Genesis 1:1-4a. Many of those in attendance had little or no formal education. The text of the story contains thoughts that are theologically weighty and deep. I have to confess that I was not ready for what came next. As the story leader led the group through the story slowly, using simple questions that he had crafted, the crowd came alive. The insights these people shared were simply astonishing! It was electrifying to see believers, considered simple by the world’s standards, encountering God through His Word in such a powerful way—and sharing such wonderful thoughts. The insights that they had into who God is as revealed in these opening verses of Scripture were on par with any commentary I have read.

This experience bolstered my confidence that Scripture is for every believer. More importantly, participants in the training gained a new confidence in their own abilities to interpret Scripture accurately. All over Africa and the world Bible Storying is bearing similar fruit.

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