We’re in the final week of our adventure through ACTs – Today’s chapter 22 thoughts are by Andrew Holmes, pastor of our Every Nation congregation in Stratford in London…
“What’s your story?”
In today’s chapter Paul tells his story. Everyone who has encountered Jesus Christ has a story. No two stories are the same, but each one is a sign-post to those yet to encounter Jesus. Just like on a car journey, clear and frequent sign-posts help us reach our destination. We help others to reach Jesus when we actually tell our story.
What can we learn from the way Paul shared his story to the crowd in Jerusalem?
- He spoke their language. v. 2: “And when they heard that he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, they kept all the more silent”. Paul was in Jerusalem, speaking to Jews – so he spoke their language (and it got their attention!). We’re in 21st century London (or wherever you’re reading this), so speak the language of the people around you. Avoid Christian jargon that leaves anyone who’s not fluent in ‘Christianese’ baffled. Make your story clear, relatable and understandable.
- He shared the facts. Paul starts by spelling out his religious upbringing, and how personally meeting Jesus changed him internally. He went from being real religious to having a real relationship with Jesus. However significant you feel your story is, tell the facts. Let people decide whether your story is worth listening to or not.
- He took his chance. Paul was under arrest when he cheekily asked the guard for the chance to share his story. Don’t wait for the perfect moment to share your story – it probably won’t come! Be ready at all times, be an opportunist, and be able to share your story in 3 minutes or 30 (depending on how long you’re given!).
- He focussed on Jesus. We may have an opinion about God, the Bible, life-after-death etc. Your opinion is debatable, but what Jesus has done in your life isn’t. So keep the focus of your story on Jesus. v.15 says of Paul: “You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard”.
Spiritual Living tells a great Story!
What have you seen and heard (and experienced) of Jesus Christ? Have you told anyone about it lately? Go on…tell someone today!