I love hearing stories of lives being changed by Jesus. It is always one of the most encouraging parts of my role. Seeing the power of the Good News of Jesus impact individuals and households never gets old. I think this is one reason that we all love baptisms so much. People going public with their faith and sharing their story of how Jesus has and is changing them. Beautiful and powerful!
In the book of Psalms, we are encouraged to share the stories of how God is changing our lives.
Psalm 40:9-10: 9 I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, Lord, as you know. 10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly.
Psalm 105:1-3: 1 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. 2 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. 3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
When we share stories, they are intended to bring the Lord glory. Not ourselves, or proclaiming about how supposedly great we are, but rather how great our God is. How He has proven faithful and trustworthy. How He has shown His great love, or extended mercy, or met our needs, or did a miraculous work.
I believe one thing we need to grow in as a church is communicating and sharing stories of lives being changed. From adults to students to children. We hear bits and pieces, but I believe there are more stories happening than we are hearing about. And I think stories serve as a testimony to the work the Lord is doing. They bring Him glory. And frankly, they encourage us big time in our mission to Build 3D Relationships. Stories remind us why we do what we do, and why we will never stop until Jesus returns.
We’ve created the email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, as one vehicle for sharing stories. We encourage you to email us stories of how Jesus has or is changing your life. The stories can be long or short. 3 paragraphs, or 3 sentences. 1 paragraph, or 1 sentence. Stories of how your devotion and love for Jesus is growing, how your dedication and love for one another is increasing, and/or how your drive to reach others is rising.
How is the Lord working in your relationships? What is He revealing to you through His Word? What of your old nature are you putting off? How is He transforming and renewing your heart and mind? As you look back on the last 6 weeks, months, or years, what has He done in your life? What is He teaching you?
These stories will be shared in various ways (i.e.: social media, email, Sunday mornings, etc.) to encourage the Body. If you desire to share your story, but not have your name shared, that is OK. Let us know that in the email, and we’ll share the story, but leave off your name.
Ultimately these stories tell THE story of the Gospel and that Jesus is still in the business of changing lives!