Explaining the story like Paul
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Last week we looked at the practices and principles at work when Jesus communicated through telling stories. Hopefully you have thought through how that will look in your life should that be decreasing in debates or church related conversations and increasing in telling the part of your experience of Jesus as it relates to the person in front of you. You might even have given some of the practices that you see Jesus use a go!
This week we jump forward to the 'next generation'. How did the early Christians engage their world in conversations about Jesus. We will follow Paul for this. He takes the story of Jesus and tries to explain it from the perspective of those listening.
I think you'll relate easily to how he speaks with the Jews. It's a lot like how we do evangelism today. You may be surprised by his approach to the Gentiles and you might end up asking if you, I, the church need to take on his approach more in todays world.
The story experiment.
If you are finding it hard to get started in talking about Jesus then you might like to take a different approach and its one that doesn't require any conversation about Jesus at all. Its so you get to see yourself at your most natural speaking with others. You can then take principles from your own life and turn them into your practices for evangelism.
Evangelism should look like, feel like, sound like its you (and the Holy Spirit...but that is the job of the Spirit to sort out with you). When that happens you actually enjoy it. But like swimming you’d never start at the deep end. Start with where you are and who you are.
And so an experiment for this week.
Observing the stories people tell and your own.
When you become aware of a story being told, step outside of yourself and start watching.
What made it natural to you (or the person speaking), what were its traits?
Was it a monologue? Did it link into the tellers life?
Was it animated, have tangents, was it fun?
How did it begin?
Did it end or just blend into another conversation about something else?
Whether the observation was of a moment that was awkward or enjoyable you can learn how you naturally engage with people in word. These traits (the positive ones) are the ones that are going to be your best way of talking about Jesus to another person.
Another and a more stretching challenge.
Tell someone this week about something that you are passionate about BUT NOT JESUS OR CHURCH.
Again it's so you can step outside yourself and watch, learn and then make your practice when it comes to conversations about Jesus or Faith.
You might talk about a hobby, a cause, a netflix series or national news. If you can observe yourself in conversation with a stranger and a conversation with a friend. It will be different though will still carry traits of what is natural to you.
If you do any of the above then let us all know what you learned and have fun with it.