21 October, 2014
Post By : David Lindner
Sharing Your God Story
One of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal when it comes to shining the light of the gospel into our 8 to 15 is our story.
Often times, we think the idea of sharing your faith is saved only for those who are really spiritual. We conjure up images of John the Baptist eating locusts and Honey and think that in order to share your faith, you have to look like a crazy person. Or we think of the guy in Pioneer Courthouse Square with the “Repent or go to Hell” sign, and don’t think we’re like that.
Because of that, we don’t share our faith. The most profound aspect of sharing your faith are those two middle words. Your God.
It’s all about God. This story that you’re a part of isn’t your story. It’s God’s story that He wrote you into. You’re not the central character, God is. Everything revolves around God, not you or me. When we make it all about us, we dilute the story into some narcissistic fantasy that doesn’t actually exist. It’s fiction. It’s a story we’ve made up somewhere along the way, and it will be brought to light at some point in our future.
Where the “Your” comes into play is after God has done the work of redemption and transformation. God does the saving, not you. God gives grace, it’s not something we can earn. So, after God has picked up all the pieces of our messed up attempt at redeeming ourselves, the new story that’s coming together of who we are now is what we share. Now that God has changed me, rescued me, restored me, forgiven me, healed me, there is a new version of me. I once was ___________ but now I’m ___________.
I once was __________ but now I’m _____________.
That’s the real story. As the famed words of the Hymn go, “I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.” I was dead, but now I live. I was broken but now I’m whole.
How you can share
I know it’s hard to tell people who aren’t Christians your story. We get all sweaty and nervous. We get a lump in our throats. We start looking for the nearest exit and possibly the nearest bathroom. Our blood pressure goes up and our resolve goes down. But, what would you say if I could make it easier?
Thanks to technology, it can be much easier. We don’t have to work up the courage to share, we just have to work up the courage to hit the big red record button.
What are we asking?
We are asking for you to record your story and share it with us. Using the format listed above, record your story. Say something like, “Hello, my name is David and this is the story of How God changed my life. I was hopeless so cried out to God. God heard my cry and rescued me and now I am forever changed.”
Or you can make it simpler. Hello, my name is David, I once was dead, but now I’m alive for the very first time. Because God gave me a new life.
It’s pretty simple. Describe who you were before God saved you, describe the moment when you first put your faith in Christ and describe how God has changed you.
Then Share It With Us
Most people have a smartphone or a computer with a webcam they can use to record this story. Practice the story a time or two and then record it. Make sure to give a second or two of dead space before you talk and do the same when you’re finished.
Once you’ve recorded your story, upload it to your Facebook page and share it with your friends. If that’s too much share it on our SixEight Page. Or maybe you want to publish it to YouTube. Just post it and then share the link on our Facebook page. If you post it to twitter, do the same thing, share the link on our Facebook page and mention @sixeightchurch in the tweet. You can also post the link to your video in the comments section of this post.
Our hope is to collect everyone’s story to be able to share the amazing things God is doing at SixEight Church.
Will you help us?
Once we have all the stories, we’ll edit them together into one big story of what God has done and we’ll all have this amazing tool we can use to share with our 8 to 15 about how God changed our lives forever.