Meta Narrative Redemption Storying

What is a Meta Narrative?

A “meta narrative” is a big story within which many smaller stories find their place and meaning. In the Bible, all the smaller stories fit into one big redemptive meta narrative: the story of Jesus Christ coming as the prophesied Messiah, going to the cross for sin, and resurrecting from the dead for the salvation of everyone who repents and believes.

Every story in the Bible points us forward (Old Testament) or backward (Acts – Revelation) to Jesus Christ as the final Redeemer of all mankind throughout all of human history. So often what is missing from our preaching, teaching, and evangelism is the meta narrative story.

How do we communicate the Meta Narrative of Christ’s Redemption?

Here is a basic outline for using Bible stories to communicate the Meta Narrative of Scripture:

Let us take a look at Abraham’s story. As you know, God called Abram to follow him and told him that he would make his descendents like the sand of the seashore. (Genesis 12)¬†Through several stories of both suffering and victory, God saves Abraham’s family for himself and brings the Messiah into the world through Abraham’s bloodline. (Matthew 1:2,16)

What is the spiritual lesson woven into Abraham’s story that helps us understand the Bible’s Meta Narrative?

  1. God saved Abraham
  2. God saved Abraham’s family
  3. God saved Abraham’s people

We see so clearly throughout Scripture that God is in the business of saving families and people groups, not just individuals. Yet, in the West, we tend to seek individual decisions for Christ without helping people interested in the gospel understand the Meta Narrative of the Bible.

We can use this basic outline to help people who are far from God understand many Bible stories:

  1. Noah
  2. Jacob
  3. Joseph
  4. Moses
  5. David
  6. Solomon
  7. Esther
  8. Nehemiah
  9. Daniel
  10. Ninevites (through the preaching of Jonah)
  11. Jews (the Gospels)
  12. All nations (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Revelation 21:24-26)

Once we understand how the Meta Narrative gives greater meaning to all the smaller narratives throughout Scriptures, we can begin Bible storying through all the smaller narratives to help people understand how God’s Redemptive plan is for them.

So, here is the way we can use Meta Narrative Storying to invite people into the Kingdom of God:

  1. God saved Abraham
  2. God saved Abraham’s family
  3. God saved Abraham’s people
  1. God wants to save you
  2. God wants to save your family
  3. God wants to save your people

Using this outline, we can use dozens of smaller narrative stories¬†in the Bible to point people far from God to the Meta Narrative of God’s great redemptive love story: That God so loved the world that he sent his only Son so that whoever believed in him would not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

For more evangelism tools, check out our website: www.citychurchwoodbine.org

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A big thanks to bryanhardwick.com for this illustrative picture of the Kingdom of God, which is the Meta Narrative theme of all Scripture.

A big thanks to KoGinthemachine.com for this illustrative picture of Meta Narrative Bible Storying.

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