4 Benefits of Stories for Discipleship

from Grace for Sinners


Not everyone values a good story. Sometimes Christians can be the worst of all afraid of being of the world. What we must remember is that everything we do is part of a liturgy we live in. If we are not intentionally discipling ourselves and others creating liturgies around the acts and words of God then we are being discipled by someone or something else. Everything you hear, see, taste, and touch is telling you a story. Reading good stories is crucial to combating these destructive stories. Christians must wisely choose stories that will help them mature as disciples.

1. Stories help us shed the skin of our unbelief.

“We are narrative creatures, and we need narrative nourishment—narrative catechisms.”
— N. D. Wilson

Have you ever found your heart longing for something long before your mind wrapped itself around the truth and beauty you desired? I’ve found myself in this position time and time again as the Spirit matures me. There’s this deep longing in my gut for Jesus—for more of him. But often my understanding of him doesn’t grasp him fully (it never will).

Perhaps you enjoy reading fiction and you’re a fan of Lee Childs’ Jack Reacher novels. I enjoy these books for many reasons, but partly because my gut wants to believe that someone will make the wrong in this world right. That someone out there will make sure those who have acted wickedly and grossly immoral will get their comeuppance. Jack does this in a limited way. He’s limited because he’s a human with his own sinful actions and his thoughts aren’t always pure. But reading these books helps me to shed my unbelief, namely that the wicked I see now will go unpunished. These stories make me hope for a final judgement. For someone perfect, unlike Jack, to come to earth and make all things right once and for all.

2. Stories bring doctrine to life.

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