The best story plots – the Bible has them all

Writing on the wall

The writing is on the wall

According to author Christopher Booker, from the Bible to the modern day blockbuster and from Homer to Homer Simpson, there have only been seven enduring story plots. In this blog we take a look at what they are and encounter some famous Biblical examples.

1.  Overcoming the Monster
The classic good guy beats bad guy against the odds. Even Rocky Balboa’s triumphs dwindle in comparison to David the young shepherd vs Goliath the warrior Philistine.

2. Rags to Riches
Audiences were enamoured with the ghetto to the stars tale of Slumdog Millionaire but the original rags to riches story was Joseph’s from the pit to the palace, and from prisoner to Egyptian ruler.

3. The Quest
If you thought Peter Jackon’s Lord of the Ring’s quest was long enough, this was nothing on the Israelites 40 years in the desert before they reached the Promised Land.

4. Voyage and Return
Finding Nemo’s voyage seems to go pretty swimmingly in comparison to Paul’s missionary journeys.

5. Comedy
If you thought Toy Story was far fetched you would not believe the true comedy of Gideon’s 300 men with clay pots and torches defeating 120,000 dumbfounded Midianites!

6. Tragedy
Romeo and Juliet may have a tragic ending but the writing was on the wall for Belteshazzar and villians like Haman and Ahab.

7. Re-Birth
Even Clark Kent’s caped transformation is not a patch on Saul’s conversion, Matthew’s discipleship and of course, the ultimate re-birth: Jesus’ Resurrection.

So when you next tell a great story from the Bible remember you are relating a real-life story that is better than any Hollywood script writer could dream up. Get excited about it, relive the drama, build the tension and leave the ending to God.

Drawing in the Sand


Connie creatively shapes sand into Bible scenes

Drawing Bible images in the sand. It is a really unusual but interesting art form. We were contacted by Connie Klement from Germany, who, with her husband, worked as missionaries in Brazil. Connie writes, ‘I have been telling Bible stories to children for more then 40 years. I believe that stories change lives and give a foundation for living. I love it.’

When you see how Connie draws Bible scenes in sand you will understand how she keeps the attention of children. You can take a look at how she performs her art in this YouTube video. All this goes to prove the point that using pictures really helps to communicate Bible stories to any age group.

Story telling: To ‘B’ or not to ‘B’?

When telling a Bible story using PowerPoint or Keynote should you keep the presentation running all the time? What if you need to make eye contact while your audience are looking at the screen? Good teachers don’t tell Bible stories, they perform them. So how can you get people eyes focused on your expressions and gestures?
Free BeeWhat about the times you want to make an important point, ask a question or answer a question. Should you keep an image on screen as you do this?
Once you have a presentation running in PowerPoint or Keynote, just hit the ‘B’ key to blank out the screen temporarily. You can resume the presentation by hitting the ‘B’ key at any time. The ‘W’ key is an alternative if you want to turn the screen to white rather than black.
This means you can set a FreeBibleimages Powerpoint or Keynote file into play mode and then hit the ‘B’ key so the screen is blank when people first enter the room. When you are ready to tell the Bible story just press ‘B’ to display the first image. Anytime you need their eyes back on you use the ‘B’ key to divert their attention from the images.
In PowerPoint you can use the period key instead of the ‘B’ key if you prefer. Keynote allows you to press the ‘B’ key to blank the screen but any key to resume the slideshow.  To ‘B’ or not to ‘B’? – that is the question.