Share Your Story
Resources to Share your Story
When in your life was God most real to you? When has your encounter with Jesus been most influential? When have you most connected to the reality of the spiritual side of life?
That’s your crucial story to learn to share. That’s the story that will be most relevant for you as a guide to others in their
–Rick Richardson, Reimagining Evangelism: Inviting Friends on a Spiritual Journey
Some ways to serve the people in your life who do not know God:
- Ask for permission and don’t be pushy. “Would you mind if I tell you a little about a way God has changed my life?”
- Be clear and use common language. Try to avoid “church” language. Words like, “born again,” “Savior,” “redemption,” “grace,” “accepting Jesus,” etc., are beautiful and meaningful to Christians but have little or no meaning to people outside the church.
- Keep it short. Share more as it becomes appropriate. Keep it to two minutes or less. If you want to write it out, 100 words is a good length.
- Be humble and focus on what God did. “Look at what God did in my life!”
- Use a before-and-after pattern. How did God change you?
- Focus on Jesus as the source of change.
- Tell your story with joy and passion.
- Tell a story from your life that connects with their life.
Reimagining Evangelism: Inviting Friends on a Spiritual Journey
By Rick Richardson
Sometimes talking about Jesus with your friends can feel like trying to close a deal on a sales call, pushing something on people they may not really want. But what if you thought of it more like inviting them on a spiritual journey? Imagine being free to be yourself and free for the Spirit to work in you. Imagine that it doesn't depend on you alone but that you can be an important part of a witnessing community. Imagine telling people stories instead of trying to download content. Here is your invitation to reimagine what evangelism could be for you.
I Once Was Lost: What Postmodern Skeptics Taught Us About Their Path to Jesus
By Don Everts and Doug Schaupp
How do people come to Jesus in today's postmodern culture? Not by a mechanical, linear process of cookie cutter conversions.Nor by a nebulous spiritual wandering that never culminates in decision or commitment. Over the last decade, Don Everts and Doug Schaupp have listened to the stories of two thousand postmodern people who have come to follow Jesus. While their stories are diverse and varied, certain common themes emerge. Postmodern evangelism is a mysterious and organic process that nevertheless goes through discernible phases, as people cross thresholds from distrust to trust, from complacency to curiosity, and from meandering to seeking. Everts and Schaupp describe the factors that influence how people shift in their perspectives and become open to the gospel. They provide practical tools to help people enter the kingdom, as well as guidelines for how new believers can live out their Christian faith.
The True Story: A Christianity Worth Believing in
By James Choung
“Christianity seems like just another screwed-up religion’” Anna said. “Seriously, what has Christianity done for us–or for the world, for that matter? They’re just a bunch of hypocrites, that’s what I think! Are they good for anything?” “I don’t know, Anna,” Caleb said. “I just don’t know.” Caleb has been a Christian for a long time. But he realizes that he can’t bring himself to share his faith with anyone because it doesn’t sound like good news anymore. Christianity’s truth claims can come across as hollow. Arrogant, and intolerant. Christians have a bad track record of hating and condemning those they disagree with. Worst of all, it feels like Christianity is just about "saving souls," giving people an escape ticket to heaven while the world falls apart. Is it only about Jesus forgiving our sins? There must be more to it than that. In this engaging narrative, James Choung, national director of evangelism for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, draws on intergenerational theory and his decades of work in student ministry to identify what's important to young people about the gospel. Boomers ask if it's true, Gen-Xers ask if it's real, and millennials ask if it's good. Get past the old clichés and simplistic formulas. And discover a new way of understanding and presenting the Christian faith that really matters in a broken world.
Beautiful Feet: Unleashing Women to Everyday Witness
By Jessica Leep Flick
"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" (Romans 10:15). Sometimes women feel like we're not cut out for evangelism. We may worry that we will seem awkward or pushy. We can feel insecure, like what we do won't make a difference in leading people to Jesus. Evangelist Jessica Leep Fick believes that God has created women to go to amazing and ordinary places to share his love. We have aptitudes and abilities that God can use in his mission, like gifts of collaboration, empathy and the ability to share vulnerably. Women throughout Scripture were heralds of the gospel, and we can be too. Get ready to join Jessica and women across the globe on this adventure of sharing Jesus with confidence and love. This upbeat, motivating guide will unleash what God has created in you to boldly and lovingly share Jesus. Discover how you too have beautiful feet.
Growing Your Faith by Giving It Away: Telling the Gospel Story with Grace and Passion
By R. York Moore
Sometimes the Christian life seems to lose its zip. We fall into a spiritual rut and wonder why our faith seems so dead. Maybe it's because faith stagnates when it's kept to yourself. When you share it with others, the Holy Spirit energizes you and awakens you to experience life as God intended. Ordinary people can participate in extraordinary encounters when we follow God's leading to people who need to hear about Jesus. York Moore describes the adventure God has taken him on to share the gospel with people in every sphere of life—family members and coworkers, friends and strangers, people he didn't like and people who didn't like him. Through his stories, we glimpse the dynamic work of the Holy Spirit to guide us and empower us even when we don't have a clue what to say or do.
Organic Outreach for Ordinary People: Sharing Good News Naturally
By Kevin G. Harney
Every follower of Jesus has a sincere desire to share God's love with others. We want to tell friends and family about who Jesus is, what he means to us, and all he has done f or them. Deep in our hearts we have a burning passion to pass on the good news we have received. But where do we start? We want to share our faith, but we don't want it to feel awkward, uncomfortable, or unnatural—for them or for us. Organic Outreach for Ordinary People will help you shape a personal approach to passing on the good news of Jesus in natural ways. This is not a system or a program. It's a collection of biblical practices that you can incorporate into your life starting today. You can begin right where God has placed you. You can share the love and message of Jesus in a way that fits exactly how God has wired you. In this practical and easy-to-read book, Kevin Harney offers the tools needed to reach out with God's love in organic ways. In these pages you will discover that sharing the good news of Jesus can be as natural as talking about your favorite sports team or telling a friend about a wonderful new restaurant. On the golf course, over coffee, while taking a walk-anywhere and everywhere-become a bearer of grace. Share the amazing love of God.Tell the life-changing story of Jesus. Discover ordinary ways to communicate God's love and the message of salvation-naturally.