The Power of Your Story
– In the closing chapters of Acts we see Paul making his defense before the Jews (21:37-23:11), before Roman Governors (23:12-25:12), and before Kings (25:13-26:32)
– Although Paul could have delivered lengthy speeches and sermons in his own defense, he instead chose to share his personal testimony!
– The personal testimony of Paul is of great importance to Luke since it’s repeated 3 times in the book of Acts (9:1-19; 22:1-21; 26:1-32)
The Value of Your Story
1) Reminds us of God’s amazing grace at work in our lives
- Prevents spiritual amnesia
- Prevents spiritual apathy
- Prevents spiritual attack
2) Helps us Communicate the Gospel message to others who don’t know the Lord
- Everyone has a unique story to tell!
- Personal experiences are tough to refute!
- Our contemporary North American culture loves to hear a good story
3) Glorifies Jesus Christ!
- In your own spiritual life
- In the body of Christ
- In the non-believing world
The Structure of Your Story
1) Before I met Jesus Christ (cf. 26:4-11)
- Religious/ Spiritual background
- Former attitudes and actions
- God’s sovereign preparation
2) How I met Jesus Christ (cf. 26:12-19)
- Unique Elements of your story
- Common Elements of every story
- God’s initiative in confronting us with the gospel
- God’s initiative in opening our eyes to see the truth
- Our response to God’s initiative: Repentance and Faith
3) After I met Jesus Christ (cf. 26:19-23)
- How did He change me?
- How is He using me?
- How is His grace working in my life right now to make me more like Jesus?
Application Point: Write out your salvation story this week if you’ve never done it!
– Longer version
– Short version
– Be flexible in how you share and what elements you emphasize
– Ask God for an opportunity to share
– Be ready when the opportunity comes