Share Your Story
You have a story to tell and that story can be used to make God more real to people and help them find their way home to him. The idea of sharing your story can be a bit scary, but it is as easy as telling people what God has done for you. The Apostle Paul gives us a great example in Acts 26. Start with the following three point outline:
What was life like before you experienced Jesus? Focus on one thing. Maybe it was how you felt about yourself or your life; maybe it was a hardship you were facing.
What happened and how did you experience Jesus? Maybe you read a verse in the Bible and your realized God was speaking to you. Maybe you ended up in church one day and heard the good news about Jesus and experienced God in that moment. You know what happened. Remember to point to Jesus because he is the hero of your story.
What is life like now? How has life changed or improved since experiencing Jesus? Your story doesn’t have to be wrapped up perfectly, just tell the story of how Jesus is alive and working in you and through you. Allow people to connect with your struggles, fears and dreams.
Story telling is the most effective and powerful way of communication. Practice by telling your friends. Here are some tips that will help your listeners enter into your story.
- Be specific. Describing the series of events to someone who wasn’t there allows your audience to picture what was happening. Include details as this also makes story believable.
- Use dialogue: I said…then she said…etc. This helps your listener enter into the your story and experience the moment.
- Use all five senses–touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound. Paint the picture for you listener, enabling them to see and experience what you were experiencing.