So a lot of these rhythm of life that we are exploring nd recommending are obvious, but simply need a little intentionality added.

But being Story-formed? Whats that about?

We understand, experience and intersect with God’s story and the stories of others. C. Kalinowski

One of Caesar’s key images is the idea that what we often do with the Bible is take one piece from a 1000 piece jigsaw and talk about it each Sunday, without anyone really knowing the picture on the box or having made the whole jigsaw, well, hopefully the Vicar has!

Before any interaction with “Transformed” I had been challenged to read more of the bible, to read the whole rather than studying particular words and commas. As good evangelicals we are often happy to be called “people of the book,” but use a series of stories like a textbook or instruction manual. It is good to study, but many of us have got out in the detail without first sitting back and appreciating the brand sweep.

Leading my first ever Bible study was intimidating. taking 8 ladies from ages 50-85 through Ephesians was hard, they’d heard it all before. When I lead a small group of young adults they got 5 years theological study in 2 years worth of Wednesday nights. It wasn’t bad what we were doing, but the Bible doesn’t exist to give us knowledge, the bible itself say that knowledge can “puff up.” The point is that we are drawn into relationship with Jesus, it’s about Him. Sometime we joke about people who believe in Father, Son and Holy Bible. Those who are all about the bible and what it says but don’t seem to exhibit the loving relationship that the Story of the bible invites them into. When I leading Missional Communities, we use the bible, we value the bible, but we don’t just search for knowledge, we aim to live out the story of God, toilet it invade our lives and flow out into others, to enact it, to live putting the story on display.

Lots of people in church have some major misunderstanding about God’s story. We’re not confident in discipling other Christians and people on their way to faith, because we don’t feel comfortable with the story.

Caesar Kalinowski and his tools are a gift to the church. “The Story Formed way” is exploring faith through telling the story of the bible and asking questions, not trying to show off knowledge but to interact deeply with the story and be changed by it. I encourage you to explore it and the tools he shares for being more formed by the gospel, the story of God’s redemption of the world.

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Do you know the Big Story, the meta-narrative of the Bible? Do your family? How could you reconnect with it?

Are you confident that the Story of God is good news to the world, good news to your friends? Are you confident in knowing what it is?

Here’s a example.

Many people tell the gospel like this:

You’re a sinner and you are going to hell unles you accept that Jesus has died on the Cross for your sin.

That’s true, but its not the whole story the bible. That’s the gospel without Genesis 1-2 and Revelation 22.

Genesis starts by showing that God made everyone in his image and put a part of who He is in us all. Revelation 22 show us that God’s plan is to get all His children back, that He has a plan and purpose for each person.

“You suck and you need Jesus”, becomes, “You are made in the image of God and you need to repent and accept God dealing with your sins through Jesus on the Cross so that God can bless you to be a blessing.”

That’s a pretty important distinction that knowing the full story brings. There are many others!