Yesterday we began a new series on Worship. In the sermon I utilized a book by Mark Love, Douglas Foster, and Randy Harris, Seeking a Lasting City: The Church’s Journey in the Story of God. I thought I’d take this week to explore some of their ideas in more detail.

We talked about how the church is a part of the story of God. Sometimes when we think of stories we automatically think of fiction, as in, “You’re just telling stories.” But that’s not what I mean when I say we’re a part of the “story of God.” This is not something made up, but it is narrative. When someone says, “Tell me about yourself,” they don’t expect you to answer, “I’m 5′ 11”. My eyes are green. etc. etc.” Instead of mere details, we expect a narrative. “I grew up in . . . My family moved around a lot (or not).” Stores connect us.

“Stories. They get in your bloodstream and define who you are. When you sit around a dinner table with your family, you tell stories about your past. Some stories produce laughter, like the time Grandpa drove the pickup into a ditch when a bee got trapped inside. Some we tell with wonder, like the day a child was born, or baptized, or married. Still others we hear again with pain, like the tragic car accident that claimed family members. . . . Knowing the stories means you’re a part of each other’s lives, a member of the family.”

“As indispensable as the epistles are, we don’t start toddlers off in Bible classes by reading them Ephesians or 1 Peter: we start them with stories–Noah and the flood, David and Goliath, Lazarus’s resurrection, the feeding of the five thousand.”

What are the stories that have shaped you? Are they family stories or church family stories?