The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"
Do you look forward to hearing your minister's sermon on Sunday? Endless cartoons and jokes about dozing off in church at this particular juncture in the service would indicate otherwise. For me, there is nothing worse than a sermon that tells and doesn't show, preaches, but doesn't teach.
Ultimately, it fails to reach. It falls on deaf ears.
Not so at my church! Pastor Wallace and Pastor Emily are the paradigms when it comes to effective preaching. Their sermons are peppered with personal anecdotes, memorable stories, vivid imagery, and humor - LOTS of humor!
When they stand up to speak, you sit up to listen. Right there, on the edge of your seat. Hanging onto their every word.
Their delivery makes the scripture come alive, resonating with fresh perspective. I always come away from church with their tales and vignettes dancing joyfully in my head.
Because of these, I remember the day's lesson and am encouraged to reflect deeply upon the message. Stories make all the difference!
Jesus understood the importance of story-telling. His parables are chock-full of descriptive imagery to engage the listener's imagination. His references to activities that were commonplace to the people living at that time helped them to make an immediate connection with His message. His words never told, they showed.
And, they worked.
If they hadn't, none would have appeared in the Gospels. These stories were what the disciples recalled, His followers remembered. They were deemed important enough, memorable enough, to be written down for posterity.
And, we are blessed.
Thank you, Jesus, for telling us your stories!