Vermont Street United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
FROM THE PASTOR
THE JOURNEY OF 10 X 10: TELLING YOUR FAITH STORY
In John 10:10, Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
(NRSV) A significant practice that helps us receive this abundant life is telling our faith stories.
Telling someone else about your faith in Christ is the heart of church growth. People often look for the latest and greatest book study or ministry program to grow their church. But the truth is that if people aren’t telling others some part of their faith story, nothing is going to make a difference.
For years, I’ve been hearing people say that they don’t have a faith story or that they would be too intimidated to talk about Jesus with someone else. That’s the devil talking, and we need to be bold in telling the devil to get behind us.
Sharing your faith story doesn’t have to be hard to do. There are some patterns to guide us in the telling, that might make it a little easier.
à Find a couple of minutes every day (or night) to reflect on how you’ve seen or experienced Jesus present in your life that day. Jot those down in a journal or notebook.
à As you continue to reflect and write down those experiences of Jesus in your life, you’re building a foundation of faith stories that can be shared. Maybe once a week, take a couple of minutes to review what you’ve written about.
à When you are with someone, perhaps having a conversation with them about some aspect of life, silently invite Jesus to help you find one of your faith stories to bring to the conversation.
à Ask Jesus for boldness to share that story. I promise, it gets easier as you do it more often. But that first time out, it might feel a little scary! Trust Jesus for boldness.
à After you’ve shared your faith story, silently give Jesus thanks for guiding you.
The Journey of 10 X 10 asks us to tell our faith story to someone else at least once each month. This is a vital means of growing in love for God, and opening ourselves to the abundance of a life in Christ.
Will you commit to telling your faith story, once a month, from now until the end of November?
Rev. Patty Johansen