22 Aug “To Tell Your Story” by Melissa Mitchell
Most of us love a good story. Do you know how to tell your own story? The story of how you came to faith in Christ and what He means to you? Pastor Rick has been encouraging us to find 1 person this summer to share our story with. Occasionally, people can struggle with this, not sure what to say or feeling like they don’t have much of a story.
Sometimes people who came to Christ as a child feel like they don’t have much of a story to tell, but that’s not true! Has Christ made a difference in your life? Was there something that you’ve struggled with that has changed because you have learned to turn that over to God? There’s your story!
Here are some tips for writing your own story:
1) Keep it centered on Christ and what He has done for you. No need for lots of details about your wild life!
2) Keep it brief. Better to have your listener ask questions than to have them thinking “when will he stop talking?”
3) Avoid Christian lingo. For instance: “then I got saved”, “I went forward”, “I prayed the prayer”. Consider using something like: “I knew then that Jesus had died for all the wrong things I had done and if I trusted in him, I would be forgiven.”
4) You will want your story to have a beginning, middle, and end.
Beginning: what your life was like before you accepted Christ (or before you fully trusted in Him).
Middle: a turning point – when you realized you could trust God with your salvation/your problem etc.
End: how your life is different now that you are following God.
There is so much power in our stories of what God has done for us. People may be able to argue Bible facts with you, but they can’t really argue with your personal testimony – your story of what has happened in your life (well, they can try to argue with you – but it is more difficult!) Plus when you share personal details about your life, it strengthens the relationship with that person.
“My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long— though I know not how to relate them all. I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.” Psalms 71:15-16