After missing last night's service I was a little anxious about speaking this morning-David did a great job of stepping in last night. We were incorporating a "real life story" element from some good friends and I wasn't exactly sure how it would play with the talk I had put together.
From the feedback this morning, the story connected. Stories are more powerful than sermons....always have been...always will be. One guy said; "The reason I decided to stay at Springcreek was because of the stories." Today a lady said; "That was so incredible, what a great service-I know(the couple) but I never knew their story."
Jesus-arguably the best communicator-told stories. Did you hear the one about the Father, he had two sons.....A farmer went out to plant some seed....stories cause us to lean in, engage and imagine, learn and change. At the UofA, I was privileged to have a history prof. who told amazing stories from which he gave tests..other prof's gave lectures-he took us on an experience, I stopped disliking history because of his class.
Seth had a post last week about the power of stories to change lives...
Facts don't change people's behavior.
Emotion changes people's behavior.
Stories and impulses are what change people's behavior, not facts and bullet points.
We're working on telling better stories...I can't wait to hear and see what happens next.