“Why do you speak to them in parables?”
It has been a couple thousand years…and people are still asking this question. It is amazing how often Jesus tells of Divine Truth by using stories. We call them parables. They are some of the most popular stories in all of Scripture. Which, in and of itself, could be a reason Jesus used parables…because He knew WE would remember them.
Not only does Jesus use parables, but He also teaches by using analogies. We are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. It is amazing how, it seems, that Jesus dumbed down the Gospel message.
Believe it or not, you can dumb down the Gospel without watering it down. I think Jesus did an excellent job of doing exactly this. You can provide a tangibility to the Gospel and a relevance that the people never knew existed by the use of stories.
Jesus did exactly that. He used stories to connect to people because He knew it would work. What did Jesus teach us about being a leader?
A leader uses stories…not just Scripture.
Tony Morgan says it best in his newest book entitled Killing Cockroaches: and Other Scattered Musings on Leadership (Check out Tony Morgan’s website for more information). Morgan lays out 10 surefire ways to create a boring church. One of these crucial elements to creating a boring church is to use only Scripture and no stories. Morgan says, “Jesus didn’t teach that way, but you’re obviously a better teacher than Jesus.” (Morgan 19)
As a Christian leader, which we all are as followers of Christ, we must be relevant and offer the Gospel in tangible ways. So…tell some stories and have some fun!