The greatest gift we can ever give someone who doesn't yet know Jesus is an introduction to Him. Sharing our life stories is the most powerful way to show the transforming power and salvation offered through Jesus Christ. When we tell our stories of transformation, we tell the story of God.Daily Reflectionsgroup discussion guideDaily Reflections
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“But in your hearts revere 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.” - 1 Peter 3:15
Share Your Stories is our new Rhythm!
Here’s our summary: We seek opportunities to introduce others to Jesus by sharing personal stories of our salvation and His transforming power in our lives.
Did you notice? It’s Share Your Stories, plural; not Share your Story, singular. Because when you think about it, your life story is made up of multiple episodes or stories. And all of those stories make up your story. So whenever we’re telling others about how God has changed or is changing our life, we want to share multiple stories of the difference He’s made in us!
Our Daily Reflections helped us focus on what it really means to love our neighbors — the people God’s placed in our lives where we live, work and play. Loving our neighbors is a really important priority to God. When someone asked Jesus to identify the most important commandment, He paired up loving our neighbors with loving God and then declared, “there is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:31).
We were also introduced to B.L.E.S.S. — a helpful resource that reminds us of the five practices that Jesus used to bless and befriend people. Here’s an overview:
Our Daily Reflections helped us explore the first four elements in B.L.E.S.S. But this week we’ll be focusing on the last “S” in B.L.E.S.S.: Share Your Stories!
Introducing someone to Jesus is the greatest gift we can ever give. And sharing stories of our salvation and how He’s changed us is the most compelling way we can present Him to others.
We want to do everything we can to make sure our neighbors know who Jesus is and how they can personally know Him. It’s the adventure of partnering with the Holy Spirit as He continues moving people closer to a decision point. Jesus’ parable of the growing seed reminds us that we simply plant the seed, but it’s God who causes the growth (Mark 4:26-29).
So, we never have to worry about finding the perfect time or the perfect way to tell someone about Jesus. We just need to be available whenever the Spirit stirs us to share our stories about Jesus.
Our Session Seven memory verse reminds us to always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. And to do that with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).
This week, each of us will have an opportunity to write a 3-5 minute version of our story during the group session. Then, we’ll practice sharing it with someone in the group. We’ll provide some story-writing tips and you’ll get some helpful feedback from your story-telling partner. Most of all, you’ll be blessed in hearing the stories of other group members. And, you’ll be a blessing to your group, too!
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