To fully appreciate the importance of narrative, it is not enough to retell a few favorite stories from the Old and New Testaments. In order to understand NT narrative, preachers must grasp the larger narrative of Scripture itself. Daniel Block writes, “. . . the Bible in its entirety is driven by a narrative framework: fundamentally it recounts the history of God’s relationship with humanity beginning with the latter’s creation and climaxing in the cross of Christ, which secures humanity’s redemption.”¹ Since God is the author and supreme subject of Scripture then we have to ask: what is the triune God telling us about Himself? Some refer to this as reading the narrative with a theocentric focus.² Grasping the larger narrative flow of the Bible will help us to see that every verse, pericope, and chapter of the Bible is fitted together in such a way as to raise this very question.
¹ Daniel I. Block, “Tell Me the Old, Old Story: Preaching the Message of Old Testament Narrative,” in Giving the Sense: Understanding and Using Old Testament Historical Texts, eds. David M. Howard Jr., and Michael A. Grisanti (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2003), 410.
² Dale Ralph Davis, The Word Became Fresh: How to Preach from Old Testament Narrative Texts (Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 2007), 121.