Posted by Ted Torreson
Yesterday, 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
You’ve been saved by believing the Good News of that Story. You need to be ready to share it as well because God will allow you opportunities to be his witnesses. Yet what makes that story ring true? They need to see it working in your life.
Before Peter tells us to be ready to share the Gospel Story, he says in 1 Peter2:12,
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
For people to believe the message of Jesus, they often have to first see it working in our lives. So, we should try to live our lives as if we truly do believe that God owns everything, that he has given us everything we need in Jesus, and that he will give us life eternal with Him. When we don’t do this perfectly because we are still sinners, we can’t cover it up and act “holier than thou.” Rather we need to be honest about our struggles and be ready to live lives of confession, repentance, and forgiveness openly so that others see that the Christian life is attainable and not just for the morally superior. They also then see the Grace of God in action.
How To Share Your Story
Besides being willing to live the Christian Life, we also need to be prepared to Share how God’s Story has affected us. The best way of doing this is by following this outline:
- How Was I before Christ?
- How Christ came into my life?
- How He changed me and my life?
I’m Lutheran, so in my church body we baptize as infants and teach our children the faith from infancy. Many of us can’t remember a time that we didn’t believe. So instead of talking about when we became Christians, the pivotal point in our story is when our faith became our own and not just what our parents taught us, or when our faith was tested and how it brought us through difficult times. So our stories might look a little different. It might go something like this.
- I was raised in the faith
- When I made my faith my own/ how I grew in it
- How it changed me
- I was a Christian
- I faced a horribly difficult situation
- How my faith gave me hope and strength
Personally, I’m a mix of both story methods.
1) I grew up in the faith, but I was never taught why I should believe. I walked away from God and became a selfish individual. Everything I did was for my own benefit. I was in every relationship I had for only as long as I got something out of it. I was willing to lie, steal, or to hurt anyone to forward my own agenda of become successful.
2) Yet I ran into difficult times which forced me to reexamine the faith. After much study I found out how real God was, and how reliable his word was. I was floored by the love that He showed us by sending his Son to pay for all the bad things I had done. I soon realized my life shouldn’t be about me, but really everything was about Him.
3) Now I try to live every day of my life for God instead of myself. I don’t do this perfectly, but I continue to try to serve God with my life because of everything he did for me through Jesus.
How would you tell your own story of Faith? Feel free to share it in the comment section.
Tomorrow I’ll share why it’s so important to always be ready to share these stories.