Today, David Brakke (the lead pastor at Maltby Christian Assembly) and Michael Forrey (the young adults director at Maltby Christian Assembly), continued a new series called “Be Contagious” – speaking today on the subject of storytelling.

The Bible reads, “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil” (1 Peter 3:13-17, ESV).

Things to consider when sharing your story…
* Start with the other person: Find common ground. Speak out of relationship. Avoid anything that could be mistaken as dishonorable or disrespectful – words or actions that breed division.
* Talk with confidence and clarity: Speak with wisdom and tact. Know that God has called and empowered you to be his witness.
* Organize your story: Share who you were before Jesus, how you met Jesus, and who you are after being transformed by Jesus. Spend more time on who you are (and who you are becoming) than on who you once were.
* Relate your experiences to those of the listener: Don’t just give them information – give them opportunity to respond.
* Your mission is God’s mission: Remember to always direct people to Christ. He gets all of the attention. He is already doing something. Join him on the journey.

And may Paul’s words be true for you when he said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am – except for these chains” (Acts 26:29).


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