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Our Missionary trainers love to share how local leaders who attend one of our Bridges training events (held in oral cultures all around the world) often discover new biblical truths when they gather as a small group to discuss, share, dialogue, and turn these providential Bible stories into dance together.  It happens over and over again where a new revelation catches hold of a person and it truly changes their life forever.

The Holy Spirit reveals much to those who have gathered with open hearts and minds to learning and discovering during memorizing, sharing and retelling a story.  What’s interesting is that no one needs to try to provide any deep theological interpretations but they simple need to listen and respond to the Spirit’s prompting.  The simple truths that come out and oh my how their hearts burn with passion upon discovering new truths!

“discovery process”

To me this “discovery process” is much like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus who are visited by Jesus (unbeknownst to them at that moment) on the day of His resurrection as He accompanies them on their walk to the next village.  Jesus reveals all of His fulfillment of prophecy in the scriptures while He is walking and talking with them and then as they sit down to eat a meal later that day as stated in Luke 24:30-32 (NIV):

“When Jesus was at the table with them, He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

The Story of the Road to Emmaus is one of my favorites.  Oh how I would have liked to have been there and to hear our Lord’s redemptive plan directly from our Lord Jesus’ mouth!  This story encourages me much and it also inspires me to spend more time with my family, local church body and small group in the “discovery process” with this and other Bible Stories.  We call it the “Discovery Bible Storying” process around here at SIU and it’s the most powerful part of the Lord’s teaching and equipping methodology we promote.

So what Biblical story have you shared recently and what new revelation or spiritual truth has been discovered and revealed to you?  Is it something you would like to share with others to inspire and encourage them in their walk with the Lord?

If so, please share as you are led to do so.  We would really enjoy hearing from you!

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  1. Joanne Reutter
    Joanne Reutter says:

    I remember sharing the story of the wise men and asking after the series of questions, “which of these three groups of people are you more like? Herod who hates Jesus and wanted to kill him, or are you like the teachers of the law who knew all about him but didn’t bother to go a little distance extra to see him or are you like the wise men who spent time and money and resources to seek him out? It was amazing to see the response of those in our small group in Brazil on the Amazon River when they realized which group they were in and then the next question, Which group would you like to be in?

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    • Kent Kiefer
      Kent Kiefer says:

      Hi Joanne,

      What a great example and Story question! and just like the tribal people on the Amazon river, the Holy Spirit will lead them in understanding this story in their cultural context and learning style. To me, growing up here in the states and hearing that story as a young child, I have always thought how overwhelmed and full of joy I would be if I was one of those wise men (part of that group) who traveled to see the Messiah in the manger and offer him gifts! I would not know where to begin with what to give him …I think I would offer my life of service to Him as I have no material gift that can truly honor him the way he should be honored and praised! But I definitely want to be a part of this group.

      Thanks for sharing this question and the power of Story.

      God bless, Kent

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