Sharing the Gospel: All You Need Is Story, Part 3
Posted by Ted Torreson
In Sharing the Gospel: All You Need Is Story Part 1, We mentioned that every Christian needs to know how to share the biblical story of
Creation –> Fall –> Redemption –> Restoration
In Part 2, we talked about how the Christian life and a personal faith story adds validity to sharing the Gospel Story. Today I want to share why it’s important to always be ready to share these stories.
We all have people in our lives that we know are far from Christ and we feel like we’re called to share the gospel with them. For my mother, this person was her hairdresser. She prayed for her daily and always wanted to share the faith with her, but she never saw a natural way to bring it up.
Every time my mother came home from getting her fair done, she’d stand at the door smiling, waiting to see if anyone noticed her new hairdo. We almost grew to expect it and we’d keep an eye out for her return so that we would remember to say something about her hair style.
One spring day she went to her hair dresser again. When she go home, all of us were looked up, ready to check out her new hairstyle, and we noticed that she wasn’t smiling, but she looked like the dog died.
After some prodding, my mother shared that her hair dresser had asked why my mother was getter her hair cut. My mom responded that it that she was getting ready for Easter later on that week. Then the hair stylist asked, “That’s one thing I’ve never understood about Christians. Why is Easter so important to you guys?”
My mom panicked. She simply said, “Oh, that’s when we celebrate Jesus rising from the dead”….and that was all she said.
Now was my mother’s answer wrong? No! Not at all! It was spot on. Yet she could have given a better answer. She didn’t make the most of the opportunity God had granted her. In fact, her answer probably didn’t make much sense to the hair dresser. Yet if she was prepared ahead of time, she could have shared the grand story of why Easter is important through: Creation –> Fall –> Redemption –> Restoration. If she had memorized those four themes, she wouldn’t have panicked and would have given a much greater answer that explained the significance of Christ’s death.
This encounter wither her hair dresser was years ago. My mother has been looking for another chance to talk to her about Christ ever since. Don’t miss your opportunity. Be prepared to Share God’s Story and to share how it has changed your Story.
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Posted on January 11, 2012, in Missional Living, Sharing the Gospel, Story Telling, Uncategorized and tagged Discipleship, Evangelism, faith, Meta narrative, Sharing the Gospel, Story, Teaching the Faith, witness. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.