Monday, August 3, 2009

I Grew Up At Church - How Do I Tell My Story?

I'm so glad you grew up at church because there are thousands and thousands of people on the planet that your story is so relevant for. I was involved in youth ministry for well over a decade and time and time again it was those people that grew up in church that were so effective in ministering to our young teenagers who were struggling with their faith who also had grown up in church.

We make the mistake of thinking that our story, our testimony is somehow irrelevant or not as powerful as someone with a 'Damascus Road' type story - how wrong this is!
It takes all stories to reach the varying people in our world.

Here are a few key questions for those who grew up in church to write their story:

1) Encounter with Jesus – Describe your early life and when and how Christianity was involved. If appropriate, include family or church background. Avoid naming denominations.
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2. Circumstances surrounding a crisis or special encounter with Jesus – describe one or more events that brought you to a deeper trust in Jesus. What realisation did you come to that finally motivated you to seriously follow Jesus? Verbalise how you made you deeper commitment to Him. Consider the time, date place, people, motivation, etc. Maybe you can summarise gospel here: death, burial, raising to life, forgiveness of Jesus. Verbalise how YOU prayed to God.
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3. Changes in my attitudes and actions since my conversion – what benefits have you experienced since becoming serious about Jesus. How is your life different? Describe how Jesus is blessing and looking after you today.
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Hope this helps,
Have a great day,
Tina :)

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