Telling the Gospel Through Story

Telling the Gospel Through Story : Evangelism That Keeps Hearers Wanting More

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 18mm | 263g
  • Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Illinois, United States
  • English
  • 0830837949
  • 9780830837946
  • 81,298

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 the How

7. Discussion Dynamics: More Hints

Part Four: Pass it On: Training Others

8. The Basics

9. Motivating Trainees

Part Five: Adapting for Specific Contexts

10. Evangelistic Storying with Different Audiences

11. Storying for Christian Teaching


Appendix A: Extra Discussion Questions

Appendix B: Different Storying Methods

Appendix C: Training Checklist

Appendix D: Sample Stories


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Review quote

Dillon's easy-to-implement instruction is a helpful resource for the reader wanting to experience the power of story. Her work offers the storying movement and the church a valuable medium to communicate with.--Mark W. Overstreet, Evangelical Missions Quarterly, April 2013
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About Christine Dillon

Christine Dillon is an OMF missionary from Australia, now serving as a church planter in Taiwan. She is the author of 1-2-1 Discipleship: Helping One Another Grow Spiritually.
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Our customer reviews

This is an inspiring book that is so practical and clear. Christine explains why the method of telling the gospel through stories is important and useful. She gives all the steps needed to put this into practice and lots of helpful examples. After reading the book I couldn't wait to start telling the stories of salvation. I'm thankful to God that I've been able to use the storying method in personal evangelism, ladies Bible study groups and in our family more
by Andrew Irving
Storytelling works with almost anyone. It is particularly useful with those who can't, won't and don't read or write. Bible story discussions are non-threathening, engaging and allow the listener to share his/her world views and responses to the stories. I have used storytelling for a year and a half now. It's life-changing for both the storyteller and the listener. Christine's book provides skills, strategies, ideas, tips and advice. It's a handbook. Christine also shares her personal stories with storytelling in Taiwan and in her travels. A worthy more
by Charissa Heng
This is a wonderful, practical, grounded handbook for anyone wanting a fresh, relevant and biblical method for sharing the gospel. As an introvert, I found it absolutely delightful to be let off the hook from the old "turn a conversation to Jesus" method, and to find something that is easy and not forced, even for quieter personalities. I also love that it is based on real biblical texts, not someone's pre-packaged formulation of the gospel. Because it is storytelling, it promotes relationship between the teller and the listener. As a bonus, it helps me grow as I re-tell the stories and discuss them with people from different backgrounds and worldviews. It's a perfect tool for cross-cultural workers (like myself) and I know it will be relevant in my home country, too. The book is clear, well-written, and engaging. May the life-giving stories spread like wildfire!show more
by Anna B
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