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Sharing the Gospel: All You Need Is Story, Part 1

As Christians we’ve been transformed trough the message, or story, of what God has done for us through Jesus (Romans 10:13-17). The story has been passed on to us, and we’re also called to then pass on that story to others that they too might believe.  The apostle writes in 1st Peter 3:15

In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

Peter doesn’t call on all Christians to be evangelists, or street preachers, or those annoying people who harass you until they get you to accept a bible tract.  Rather, what he says is to be ready to share the Gospel.  If you’re living the Christian life, some how some way people will notice.  In their time of need, or plainly out of curiosity, they will ask you for the reason for your hope.  So you must be prepared to share it.  To do this, you’ll need to know the basics of the biblical story. 

How To Tell God’s Story

The easiest way is to remember these four elements.

Creation –> Fall –> Redemption –> Restoration

If you have these four elements, you can tell people of the entire redemptive act of Jesus. 

(Creation) God created this world perfect.  It was everything we yearn for.  The world was good.  We had peace with God, with each other, with the animals, & with nature.  It was heaven on earth. 

(Fall) Yet God had an enemy who convinced humanity that they didn’t need God and that they could run the world better.  So humanity was led into rebellion (that is sin) against God.  Because of that rebellion, the world isn’t how it should be.  There are natural disasters, wars, famine, hatred, suffering, and death.  Yet God couldn’t bear for this to go on forever.

(Redemption)  He sent his one and only son, Jesus, into the war zone of this world to offer a truce.  He paid the price of our rebellion on the cross so that we could be pardoned and forgiven.  He has made it possible for a relationship with God again.

(Restoration) Yet God didn’t leave it there.  One day, he will come back and restore all of the creation to what it was meant to be.  There will be no more wars, sorrow, weeping or pain.  It will be heaven on earth once more.  Everything will be made right. 

This narrative of Creation, Fall, Redemption & Restoration is something every Christian needs to know how to share.  Try to speak or to write the gospel story following Creation –> Fall –> Redemption –> Restoration.  Feel free to leave your attempt in the comment section below. 

Tomorrow, I’ll share what makes people trust the  Biblical Story

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Missional Training #10 – Preparing to Lead the Story Formed Way

Story has a way of engaging us and getting past the intellect by speaking the the heart.  We’re all story formed.  The music, movies, tv shows, and books we like shape and form our beleifs.  Story Sticks.  A good story will be remembered far longer than any sermon, speech, or discussion. 

At our church plant, The Story Formed Way, from Caesar Kalinowski and Mike Novelli will be our main discipleship tool to teach the biblical story and theology.  I’ve brought my core group through the first few lessons.  Currently, we have a few members who are reading the Story and leading the dialogue for the first time.  The questions below are meant to help my core group process the video, however, anyone is welcome to leave a comment below.

Check out this video from Echo The Story:

  • What  are some helpful things he said that could encourage interaction of even unchurched people in the Story?
  • I’ve known some people who think they’ve heard or read bible stories before so they have nothing left to learn.  Is this true?  Have you ever read an old familiar story in scripture and have it speak to you as if you heard if for the first time?  What made it fresh for you?
  • What does it mean that God’s word is living and active?  Can God speak to and through all of us? 
  • What is imaginative listening?  How do you think this could give you a fresh hearing of God’s word? 

Caesar Kalinowski suggests beginning each week by reminding people that their input is important to the dialogue after the reading of the Story.  He reminds them that the dialogue is like a potluck or buffett.  A buffett with only a few options isn’t much of a buffett.  What make a meal like this is the rich variety of foods.  Likewise, the dialogue with the story is the same.  It’s not great if only one or two people are talking.  What makes it is the full rich variety of voices and opinions.  Every person adds a unique flavor when they give their perspectives and thoughts on the story. 

The above video above is one of many videos that come with Mike Novelli’s book Shaped By The Story

For my Core Group, Please read  The Gospel-Centred Life, Chapter 10, “Relationships.” 

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Also Check out Missional Training #6 – The Need For Story

Missional Training #6 – The Need for Story

Caesar Kalinowski, of Soma Communities, shares how story is the main vehicle through which we learn.  He introduces us to sharing the bible through storytelling.  Watch the following video.  Consider the questions below as you watch. 

Also, If you’d like some additional information on storying, Caesar has compiled some related notes through his Story of God Training, which roughly follows the video.  It may help in retention of this teaching.

  1. What is the value of knowing the Story?
  2. Caesar read a quote from Stephen Shoemaker, “Our lives must find their place in some greater story, or it will find itself in some lesser story.”  What do you think that means?  What lesser stories have you put your life in?  What lesser stories are the people around you living in?
  3. Caesar said “Stories encourage community and communities encourage stories.” 
  4. How do stories change worldview? 
  5. What were some of the facts that you found interesting about the way people learn?
  6. Why do we need spread the bible through Story? 
  7. What’s the difference between dialogue and Q&A?

For my Core group, Continue with reading The Gospel-Centred Life, Chapter 6, look back to the Cross. Read it,  meditate on it, and live it.  We’ll talk about it the 29th.

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