This week I’m starting a bible study with my OCFG Paula. Have you ever embarked on a bible study with one other person? Specifically we’re doing a study that I’ve had laying around for a while called “Lord, Help Me to Grow Spiritually Strong in 28 days” by Kay and David Arthur. It’s now been repackaged as “Lord, I Need Answers: A 28-Day Journey to Growing Stronger in Your Faith.” Paula is afraid that I’m going to be bored since she knows how much I enjoy studying with BSF. But I think we can receive a lot from any study because isn’t it really about what God wants to speak to our hearts? He has been known to use any and every thing to get His point across and I’m sure He’ll use this study too. Besides, for me it’s more about fellowshipping with my friend and strengthening her faith during a trying season in her life. The fact that I’m bound to get something out of it is just the proverbial icing.
If you’d like to grab this book and fellowship with us we’d love to have you. You can get what they call a slightly imperfect version which is only $5.99 here: Christianbook.com (not an affiliate link).
At the end of each day’s message there is a ‘take away’. For Day One which is entitled “Is Anyone Up There?” it is to write your story. We do this often at my church because we always want to be ready to testify how Jesus has changed our lives. As Peter said, “… always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” (1 Peter 3: 15b)
But I was thinking … don’t we have many stories? Who among us comes to Christ and then grows beautifully from that point on a straight and heavenly trajectory never faltering? Not one.
Don’t we gather many stories throughout our lives? The story I traditionally tell is the one where I initially came to Christ because it was such a God-thang. But there was the time I came back after a little slide; then the time I came back after a huuuuge slide – that was pretty special. But now, and it maybe a little premature, I seem to be recovering from cancer and that will be yet another story to tell of His awesome grace and mercy. How am I to decide which story to tell when? Should I be tailoring stories for certain situations like a resume and cover letter for different potential employers?
To make it easy for now, let’s stick to the story of how we came to Christ. How you were living before Christ, how you made the decision to follow Him, and the state of your life after Christ. Keep it short and powerful. We can prattle on about ourselves all day I think (just look at this blog!) so it’s wise to keep your story between 3 and 5 minutes. Just long enough to tell an unbeliever without losing or boring them.
My story appeared several years ago on the original blog that was lost when my hosting company changed blogging programs. But I’ll reprint it on Wednesday and if you get yours written down, you can post it in the comments. I’d love to hear it!
And don’t forget to let me know if you’re going to join us in this Bible study!