part 4: a story to tell others
the 4 e's of effective storytelling
- Pick one word to describe your life before knowing Christ, and one word that describes your life after trusting Him.
- What were you like before knowing God? How did you think about God, yourself, others? What were some of your “appetites” that you attempted to fulfill?
- What did God do to help turn your heart toward Him? What significant people and events affected your life, both positively and negatively? What was it about God that attracted you? When did the gospel message start to make sense?
- After trusting Christ for forgiveness and freedom, how did your “appetites” begin to change? Do you have different values, priorities or relationships?
- What does it mean for you to walk with God today? How do you see or experience Him in your everyday activities?
- Do you see a theme that might summarize your journey?
Read the apostle Paul’s testimony in Acts 25:23-26:32, then think through these prompts.
Journal around specific insights you gained as it pertains to exploring your own story.
- Describe the setting in which Paul finds himself in 25:23-27. How would you feel if you were in a similar situation?
- What is Paul’s attitude in 26:2? As you prepare to share your story with others, why might Paul’s attitude be significant to you?
- What are the elements of the gospel proclaimed in 26:22-23?
- After Festus accused Paul of being crazy (26:27-29), how did Paul demonstrate his confidence in the gospel and his new life?
- In general, what are the different responses to Paul’s testimony in 26:25-32?
- an awareness of sin,
- God’s initiation toward us,
- a moment of surrender, and
- continued growth.
"While the idea of colorblindness is a well-intentioned reaction to racial division, it misses God’s purposes in creation. … I try and look intentionally at the cultural and ethnic differences between people, and appreciate how God designed us [in His image]. … I am thankful I get to see glimpses of my God in the people He created.” Erica
Earlier, you had captured the first parts of your story—how your life was before you knew Jesus, and how it came that you decided to surrender your life to God. Next, capture what changed in your life after coming to faith in Jesus.
Capture your “after” by responding to the prompts below.
- First, what highlights do you recall from Erica’s story?
- What other insights stand out from the contents covered in this module.
- What are specific changes (and illustrations about the changes) Christ has made in your life since entrusting your life to Him?
- In what ways are you motivated differently since choosing faith in Jesus?
In the following resource, you’ll find sample testimonies. Identify where you see the ideas of sin, forgiveness, acceptance, and other aspects of the gospel. Also consider what exactly drew you into the stories told.
Up Next | Discipleship and Multiplication Knowing what a difference it has made in your life to come to know Jesus, you’ll want to not only invite others into knowing Jesus, but also coach them in their faith journey. We call that discipleship, which really is just another word for being a student of someone’s teaching or their ways.
Testimony is the fourth journey of Equipped Disciple. Learn about the whole five collection series, and how the parts fit together.