In this essay, following a brief look at the history of narrative theology, the theological context of narrative analysis, I intend to teach Christian educators, including lay persons, how to use several of the major concepts of narrative analysis in their study of the Bible. In this article I apply those concepts to a disputed text,Matthew 16:16-??20. I then assess the principles of narrative analysis by comparing how Matthew and Mark use the same narrative sources in the writing of their gospels. Finally, I offer an opportunity to practice narrative analysis with a passage from the Gospel of John.
In this essay, I contend that the purposeful teaching of biblical narratives directed toward life transformations ought to become an intentional activity for teachers of the Word. To support my
contention, I will review how some people have used biblical narrative materials to re-story their lives. I also offer a discussion of transitional periods in the life cycle when people might seek new narrative materials for transformation. Further, I discuss how the church may embody biblical narratives and transmit their meanings. Finally, in order to help teachers of the Word to understand how to serve such seekers, I will offer practical application ideas.