God

and

Woman
A Chronological Bible Storying Model
For Storying the Good News
To a Primarily Oral Culture Muslim Women’s
Worldview

To Mahalath
A daughter of Ishmael who represents the many
girls and women, most often illiterate, living in
urban and rural areas, who will never hear the
Good News unless another woman tells them, a
woman who lives in their world and speaks their
language in a culturally appropriate manner.
It is to these daughters the following story lessons
are dedicated as an attempt to speak to some of
their worldview issues which, unless addressed,
may be holding them back from ever knowing
the Compassionate One who came to restore
the broken relationship with the One we call
Father.

First Printing Test Edition June, 1998
Singapore
GOD and WOMAN
Copyright 1998 ©
J. O. Terry, Media Consultant for Asia and the Pacific, International Mission Board, SBC
The story lessons of this model may be reproduced, photocopied, translated into other languages, or
adapted in part or the whole, for the glory of God and to the benefit of women living in oral cultures
who need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Scriptures are NIV.

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GOD’S WORD TO US—THE BIBLE…………………………………………..
THE GOD WHO SEES AND HEARS…………………………………………..
GOD CREATED THE SPIRIT WORLD………………………………………..
GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH………………………...
GOD CREATED THE FIRST MAN AND WOMAN…………………………..
GOD’S WARNING AND THE FIRST SIN……………………………………..
GOD’S JUDGMENT, MAN AND WOMAN’S PUNISHMENT…………….…
TROUBLE IN THE FIRST FAMILY……………………………………………
THE SPREAD OF SIN, A GODLY SON………………………………………..
HOW GOD SAVED ONE FAMILY……………………………………………..
GOD CALLED ABRAHAM AND SARAH……………………………………..
GOD PROTECTS SARAH IN EGYPT………………………………………….
GOD FULFILLS HIS PROMISE TO ABRAHAM AND SARAH……………...
GOD PUNISHES A WICKED PEOPLE, A DISOBEDIENT WIFE……………
GOD PROVIDES FOR HAGAR AND ISHMAEL……………………………...
GOD TESTS ABRAHAM’S FAITH…………………………………………….
GOD PROVIDES A BRIDE FOR ISAAC……………………………………….
GOD PROTECTS REBEKAH…………………………………………………...
GOD GIVES ISAAC A FAMILY………………………………………………..
REBEKAH AND JACOB DECEIVE ISAAC……………………………………
GOD GIVES JACOB A FAMILY……………………………………………….
JACOB RETURNS HOME, DEATH OF A BELOVED WIFE…………………
GOD PROTECTS JOSEPH IN EGYPT…………………………………………
GOD HELPS JOSEPH INTERPRET DREAMS………………………………...
JOSEPH IS REUNITED WITH HIS FAMILY………………………………….
TWO FAITHFUL MIDWIVES WHO FEARED GOD………………………….
GOD PROTECTED BABY MOSES…………………………………………….
GOD CHOOSES MOSES TO FREE HIS PEOPLE…………………………….
GOD PUNISHES A HARD-HEARTED KING………………………………….
GOD PROVIDES AN ESCAPE FROM JUDGMENT…………………………..
GOD’S PROVISION FOR HIS PEOPLE………………………………………..
GOD GIVES HIS HOLY LAW…………………………………………………..
A PLACE TO WORSHIP………………………………………………………..
WHEN THE PEOPLE REBELLED……………………………………………..
MIRIAM’S SIN AND CLEANSING…………………………………………….
RAHAB SAVES HER FAMILY…………………………………………………
RUTH CHOOSES NAOMI’S GOD……………………………………………..
DEBORAH, A BRAVE JUDGE…………………………………………………
HANNAH’S PRAYER, THE BIRTH OF SAMUEL…………………………….
GOD GIVES THE PEOPLE A KING……………………………………………
GOD CHOOSES A NEW KING AFTER HIS OWN HEART………………….
GOD JUDGES DAVID’S SIN……………………………………………………
GOD ANSWERS SOLOMON’S PRAYER……………………………………...
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GOD PROVIDES FOR A POOR WIDOW……………………………………...
CHOOSE THE GOD YOU WILL SERVE………………………………………
A SERVANT GIRL’S FAITH……………………………………………………

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49. GOD’S PROPHETS TELL ABOUT THE ANOINTED ONE………………….. 97

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GOD’S KINDNESS TO ELIZABETH AND ZECHARIAH……………………. 99
GOD’S ANGEL APPEARS TO MARY…………………………………………101
THE BIRTH OF JESUS…………………………………………………………. 103
MARY’S OFFERING AT THE TEMPLE……………………………………… 104
JESUS VISITS THE TEMPLE………………………………………………….. 107
BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD………………………………………………... 109
JESUS IS TESTED BY SATAN…………………………………………………111
A MOTHER’S REQUEST, JESUS’ FIRST MIRACLE…….……………………113
JESUS AND NICODEMUS, THE NEW BIRTH………………………………..115
JESUS AND THE WOMAN OF SAMARIA…………………………………… 117
A WOMAN HEALED, A DEAD GIRL LIVES AGAIN………………………... 119
THE WOMEN WHO HELPED JESUS……………………………………….… 121
A SINFUL WOMAN ANOINTS JESUS………………………………………...123
A FOREIGN WOMAN’S FAITH……………………………………………….. 125
A WIDOW’S ONLY SON RESTORED TO LIFE……………………………… 127
THE FAITHFUL WIDOW’S OFFERING……………………………………….129
UNBELIEF IN JESUS’ FAMILY…………………………………….…………...131
JESUS FEEDS THE PEOPLE…………………………………………………... 133
JESUS IS LORD OF NATURE…………………………………………………. 135
JESUS IS LORD OVER EVIL SPIRITS………………………………………... 137
THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS PLOT AGAINST JESUS………………………..139
THE WEDDING BANQUET, THE FOOLISH VIRGINS………………………141
JESUS FORGIVES AN ADULTEROUS WOMAN……………………………. 143
JESUS AT MARY AND MARTHA’S HOME…………………………………..
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JESUS FORETELLS HIS SUFFERING………………………………………... 147
A DEAD BROTHER RESTORED TO LIFE………………………………….... 149
MARY ANOINTS JESUS AT BETHANY……………………………………... 151
JUDAS PLANS TO BETRAY JESUS…………………………………………...
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JESUS THE KING………………………………………………………………. 155
JESUS AND HIS DISCIPLES EAT A LAST MEAL…………………………... 157
JESUS PRAYS IN THE GARDEN/BETRAYED BY A FRIEND……………… 159
JESUS IS TRIED, BEATEN AND MOCKED………………………………….. 161
JESUS IS CRUCIFIED BY ENEMIES AND BURIED BY FRIENDS…………163
GOOD NEWS FOR MARY, JESUS IS ALIVE…………………………………165
JESUS APPEARS TO HIS FOLLOWERS………………………………………167
JESUS’ LAST INSTRUCTIONS, RETURNS TO HEAVEN…………………...169
JESUS KEEPS HIS PROMISE TO SEND HIS SPIRIT………………………... 171
JESUS IS THE TRUE HIGH PRIEST…………………………………………...173
JESUS PROMISED TO RETURN ONE DAY…………………………………..175
JESUS RECEIVES HIS OWN, JUDGES SINNERS…………………………… 177
IT’S YOUR DECISION…………………………………………………………. 179

ASKING FOR DECISIONS…………………………………………………………...181
THE NEXT STEP…………………………………………………………………….. 182
ABOUT USING TEACHING AIDS………………………………………………….. 183
TEACHING AIDS…………………………………………………………………….. 184
PROPHECIES ABOUT THE MESSIAH………………………………..……….…… 185