To Make Disciples, Share Your Story
We tell stories all the time. What was the last story you told about your life?
Last week, I told my kids a story about when I was a pre-teen. A best friend and I were playing in the woods near my grandmothers home and disturbed a yellow jacket nest. We were soon covered and ran screaming to the house, where my grandmother realized what was happening. She then had us strip all our clothes off and sprayed us down with a water hose until all the yellow jackets were gone. True story.
My kids were prepared for this story, because we were talking about bees and wasps stings. We were also on our way to my Grandmother’s funeral, and were telling stories about her life. I’ve already heard two of my kids retell that story to their friends. One of them came to me to confirm a piece of it – “Was it hornets or bees?” and “Do we have yellow jackets around here?”
This is exactly how sharing our story of faith should work.
- We should be very familiar with our story of when we put our faith in Christ and its impact on our lives.
- We should tell the story as often as we can, but being particularly ready when people are prepared for it, being Persons of Peace (Link).
- Those interested in the story will want to know more and will retell the story to others.
- We should pray for opportunities and for persons of peace to tell our story to.
How do I tell my faith story?
One tool that you can use to develop your story is the 15-second Testimony (VIDEO HERE). Here’s the pattern:
- Come up with two words or short statements that describe your life before you became a follower of Christ. “There was a time in my life when I pursued worthless things and lived selfishly.”
- Come up with two words or short statements that describe your salvation experience. “Then I received Christ’s forgiveness and began following Him.“
- Come up with two words or short statements that describe your life now. “Now my life is filled with purpose and peace.”
- Come up with a transition statement to help the other person consider their own story. “Do you have a story like that?”
Your personal story is compelling. Spend some time working on your personal story this week.
The goal is that people will hear our story and respond to Jesus with faith. Like the woman at the well in John 4. She experienced the person and grace of Christ and told her story liberally, resulting in others wanting to meet Jesus as well. They told her – “We no longer believe because of what you said, since we heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world.”
May the testimony of our friends be the same.