Share your faith using 'The Story'by Chad Austin, BSCNC Communications
Whether it’s a good book, a good movie or a casual conversation, everyone loves a good story.
Stories have a way of connecting and engaging individuals. Now followers of Christ have a resource that can help them share their faith and disciple others through the use of stories.
The Story is an evangelism and discipleship tool designed to help people discover or grow in their faith by connecting their stories with God’s grand story of redemption found in Scripture.
“The Story is an evangelism tool for sharing the gospel, and it’s a discipleship tool that helps people understand the Bible as a whole,” says Marty Dupree, adult evangelism and discipleship consultant with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC).
Dupree led the first of several daylong regional training events for The Story earlier this year. More than 50 pastors, church staff, lay leaders and volunteers attended The Story training workshop that Dupree led on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Temple Baptist Church in Fayetteville. More training sessions are planned across the state throughout the year.
The Story helps believers understand the overarching story of Scripture and equips them to share the gospel through the biblical themes of creation, fall, rescue and restoration. The Story offers a relational approach to witnessing that encourages Christ-followers to use everyday conversations with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and others to point them to the Bible for answers to life’s most pressing questions.
During his presentation, Dupree shared several examples of how he has used The Story’s relational and conversational approach to share his faith with a passenger sitting beside him on an airplane, a server at a local restaurant and a fellow sports fan at a college football game.
“If you engage people conversationally with the gospel, they are often open and willing to talk with you about it,” Dupree said. “Although many people we come in contact with will say they don’t have any particular spiritual beliefs, many are still interested in talking about the Bible, who God is and the big questions of life.”
Barry Lawrence, pastor of Fusion Church in Spring Lake, attended The Story workshop and said he found the training “invaluable.”
“The Story is a method that’s pertinent for our world today because many people don’t have a church background,” Lawrence said. “So when we share the gospel, we can begin at the beginning of the story in Genesis.”
There are several ways that leaders can use The Story in their churches. It can be used one-on-one with another person, or taught in small or large group settings. Lawrence said he plans to preach a sermon series based on the themes of The Story leading up to Easter.
Theron Hawkins, pastor of True Vine Community Baptist Church in Fayetteville, said he plans to use The Story in small groups as a way to equip his congregation to be more prepared to share their faith.
“The Story shows how stories can be used to reach people for the cause of Christ,” Hawkins said. “There is a need to tell people your story and tell people about His story.”
For more information about The Story training events, visit ncbaptist.org/thestory. The website includes a schedule of upcoming workshops, as well as information on how to register. To learn more about The Story, visit viewthestory.com.