The Only Story That Satisfies

Which Story Do You Believe?


Everyone lives their life according to a narrative. We make sense of our experiences through the stories we tell ourselves. But what if the narrative you have bought into is too small for both your joys and your brokenness? What if you have latched onto a false story? Pastor and author Justin Buzzard considers these questions with Mark Mellinger to highlight how the biblical story is the only story that truly satisfies.

Mark Mellinger is the Indiana Public Affairs Director for Bott Radio Network and talk show host for 1090 Today, a radio program that showcases local ministries and encourages Christian living. Justin Buzzard is the lead pastor of Garden City Church in Silicon Valley and the author of numerous books including, The Big Story, Date Your Wife, and Consider Jesus.  


How did you react to Justin's description of the ways in which we live our lives by particular storylines? Do you agree? If not, why?
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Justin argued that the biblical story is the only one big enough to make sense of life as a whole. What are some of the most common alternatives you see people chasing? In what ways are they left unsatisfied? How does the biblical narrative speak to their dissatisfaction?
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There are many false narratives, but Justin keyed in on success in particular—the story that says if you could strike it big you will find happiness. How have you experienced the temptation of this story in your life? In the lives of others? In what ways does success leave people empty? How does it rob you of true satisfaction?
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In light of this discussion, can you identify any false stories you believe? If so, what are they? How will you begin turning from these alternatives to that of the biblical narrative? Who can you ask for help along the way?
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Who in your life needs to hear the biblical story? How would it offer hope in their dissatisfaction? What steps will you take to share the true narrative of Christ with them in the days ahead?
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 The biblical story is the only narrative that leads to enduring satisfaction. It teaches us the purpose for which we were made (Creation), explains why our world is broken (Rebellion), offers the hope of restoration (Rescue), and promises an eternal future with Christ (Home). Take time to consider whether you have truly committed your life to God's narrative. Ask Him to redirect where you have strayed in order that you might share with those around you the only story that can satisfy their longings. 


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