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Bible Study: How would you share God's story?

Date posted: 25/10/14

1. Aim of study

- To be confident in telling your friends about your story and God’s story
- To be feel better equipped to speak about Jesus

2. Get ready

Imagine it’s your 18th birthday party. In front of you are 60 good friends and family. You are given 3 minutes to talk about the following 3 areas posed to you from the group:

- A memory of a time before you went to school
- Your first day at senior school
- The biggest decision you’ve had to make so far in your life.

Try it now with a friend or have a go on your own.

Most of us enjoy talking about our experiences when we have something to talk about; however, we tend to get nervous when the audience changes and when we don’t think we’ve got anything to say. It’s then that the nerves kick in big style! Is talking about Jesus the most nerve wracking thing in the world for you? I don’t know a single person in the world who doesn’t find this prospect a terrifying challenge – so you’re in good company!

3. Get set

Our study passage today is found in 1 Corinthians 2:1-5.

Before we read it, answer the questions below.

Written by? (1 Corinthians 1:1)
Written to? (1 Corinthians 1:2)
Written why? (Chapter 1 verse 10 gives us a good clue. There are arguments, falling outs and bitter disagreements between members of the church. Paul appeals for them to get back to basics, back to the gospel truth. Chapter 13 verses 4-5 are good summing up verses of what he wants these Christians to experience.)

Read 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

What are your reactions straight away? Shocked? Surprised? Disappointed? Encouraged? Why did you react in this way?

Paul has obviously seen these guys before. In fact he established the church about 3 years before he wrote this letter.

What does he want these Christians to remember about his own ability to speak? (verses 1 and 4)

What does he want these Christians to remember about the way he viewed himself? (verse 3)

What does he want them to remember about his message? (verses 1, 2 and 4)

What does he desire the final outcome to be for the Corinthians? (verse 5)

So here we get a snapshot of Paul’s story at the time (his situation, weaknesses and dependency), and he refers to the message he brought to them as God’s story (or ‘testimony’ about God which is Jesus Christ and him crucified).

4. Go, go, go

Are you confident about telling your story and God’s story? By ‘your story’ we simply mean the way you became a Christian and why this is important to your life. 

Would you know how to describe the message of ‘Jesus and him crucified’ simply to a friend?

Would you be able to tell a friend how that message has affected your life?

We’re going to practise! First we’re going to look at how we can be equipped to talk about God’s story (the coming of Jesus) and then we’re going to look at how we can talk to our friends about our own personal story.

God's story

In your own words/pictures/phrases write down God’s story. Practise it with a friend as though you were talking it through with someone who wasn’t a Christian.

Your story

Now try to write out your story in the 3 stages suggested below. Use a pencil so that you can always go back and change it!

- Before Jesus
- Jesus Centred
- Now with Jesus

Try practising it with a friend.

5. Pray

Pray now that God may provide you with opportunities to tell his story and your story. Pray that you will feel confident to answer any questions that your sporting friends might have.

This study was taken from Pray Play Say The Youth Way
Download the rest of the workbook here for free.

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