You know that feeling when you accidentally pick up someone else’s drink and take a big sip? Maybe you were drinking water and they had a Sprite—whoa, your whole body seems to react in surprise!
We’ve heard from some leaders that when they open up a 252 Basics lesson plan and don’t see a full-on Bible story complete with setting, plot and characters, it’s hard not to panic. They might even wonder if there’s any way to keep kids engaged when all you’ve got is a measly principle from Paul or a one liner from Jesus.
But the thing is, the whole Bible really is one big story. It’s the overarching story of God loving us and pursuing a relationship with us. And that powerful story (or meta-narrative, if you like that word) is contained in 66 books—some of which have lots of isolated smaller stories, some of which have a very limited amount of stories. Take Psalms or Romans, for example. They aren’t filled with stories, in the strictest sense of the word, but they are the source of some significant core doctrines.
God has certainly chosen to reveal His truth to us through the lives and stories of individuals, but He has also revealed Himself through poetry, proverbs, recorded speeches, letters and sermons. So, if we limit ourselves, and our children, only to the individual stories told within the Bible, we will miss out on teaching children many important truths. We’d only be telling part of God’s story and leaving a lot of holes.
So, when you see a Bible story section and it seems like there’s “no story in sight,” you don’t have to panic! Remember that all of God’s Word is given in the context of His one big story. And on our end, we love the challenge of always making sure these timeless truths are delivered in a memorable, engaging and ultimately impactful way.