03 Mar, 2016 To fuel your fire #3/11: The power of a story

Jesus had three key conversational techniques. (1) He asked questions, (2) he made provocative statements that drew people in (possibly the most difficult), and (3) he told stories from the natural world that aided understanding, memory and interaction. Let’s reflect on the third of these.

Stories are powerful. Every Christian has their main spiritual story of how they came to faith. However, we also have many other ‘natural life’ stories that can  become powerful illustrations if we know how to do this. Telling these kinds of stories is what Jesus did! We are told (2 Peter 3:15) to always be ready to give the reason for the hope that we have. It is vital that every Christian knows – at the very least, how to tell their spiritual story, and in a way that is both interesting and brief. Beyond that they could have a lot of fun learning how to tell good stories – like Jesus did. Do your members know how to tell their story? More people might journey toward faith in Christ if they did!

 To resource you:

  • See a sermon outline (with matching small group study) here.
  • See two concise video teachings on this here and here (#2 and 3 from the video-collection found here)
  • Or use Bill Hybels teaching on this from the ‘Walk across the room’ series.
  • Why not play some of the Hope Project’s testimony videos in your services to encourage?  See them here.
  • This is the topic of the second of the self-print ‘Church booklets’ found here.
DAVE MANN. Dave is an Author and gifted communicator with a passion for the Gospel. This passion started when he came to faith at age 11. After Secondary School he went straight to Bible College, followed by 7 years in outreach ministry in New Zealand, then nearly 9 as a pastor in Singapore, before returning to New Zealand at the end of 2011. Dave is a visionary and fearless about pioneering initiatives aimed at helping the Church in New Zealand in the area of its mission. Author of various books and Tracts including “Because we care”, “That Leaders might last”, “The Elephant in the Room” and available free on this site: “The what and how of Youth and Young Adult ministry”.
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