All of us have experiences that are uniquely ours and are, frankly, interesting to people! This becomes especially important when talking about Jesus Christ. We've talked many times before about a key verse that says we are "Christ's ambassadors" and that God is "making his appeal through us" (2 Corinthians 5:20). But there is a huge difference between giving someone the "Wikipedia" version of Christianity and giving someone a version of Christianity that is your unique experience! Your story and your experience are infinitely more compelling to people than a series of academic facts. Not to mention the fact that your personal experiences are also much harder to dispute than purely intellectual arguments.
Through Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection, you have new life, (2 Corinthians 5:17). What does that mean to you personally? What does your story look like? What differences are there between the "old" and the "new" for you? These are the things that you should share with people around you! Now, I have no problem using some of the tried-and-true methods of sharing the Gospel, (say, the Romans Road or Four Spiritual Laws or CoJourners). However I promise you that these methods--on their own--are far less compelling and interesting to people than your stories are! So think about that this week. Try not to think only about our new life in Christ...think about your new life in Christ!! Then, once you have a handle on what that means to you, personally, look for ways to share it with someone else.
- Pastor Paul