“To reach people gospel preachers must challenge the culture’s story at points of confrontation and finally retell the culture’s story, as it were, revealing how its deepest aspirations for good can be fulfilled only in Christ.” Tim Keller
We tell stories to share what we feel is important–important as a family, as a community, as a church, or even as a nation. When the Apostle Paul stood to speak at Mars Hill in Acts 17, he chose to introduce his topic with a story his listeners understood: an altar to an unknown god. Why? Because the desire to know and serve a god was pervasive in Athens. These gods provided a connection to the history that had made them the people of Athens. By picking the one altar set aside in case the Athenians missed something, Paul identified their deepest desires to know God—desires that could only be filled by knowing Christ.
What are the stories of the culture of your community? Listen long enough, spend enough time talking to people in the community, look at what is regarded as important, and you will find those stories. How can you retell those stories in such a way that it reveals what people in your community are really looking for? Learn your community’s stories, confront the untruths in love, and retell the story showing how Christ is the answer.