God’s Story and Yours
God’s story goes like this…
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. He made people in his image to reign over his world by his word.
The first man and woman rebelled against God, and all humanity followed. Claiming to be wise, we became fools and traded the truth of God for the lie that we could live and reign without him.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loves us, sent his Son to pay for our sins. He has made us alive together with Christ and is reconciling to himself all things in heaven and earth by making peace through the blood of his cross.
We now wait for the day when all things will be made new and we will worship Jesus in a garden city, seeing him face-to-face and singing with all the saints, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.”
This is God’s big story, and he’s weaving each of our stories together with his for the glory of Jesus. Telling your story is a powerful way to share the good news of Jesus with others. And what better time to do that than Easter?
Making Jesus the Hero
You can tell a lot about people by how they tell their stories. Who is the hero? What obstacle do they overcome? What power does the hero use to win? Many of us tell stories with ourselves as the hero, or share testimonies of how this book or that teacher changed our lives…and can change yours too!
This isn’t surprising. We were made to worship God. One theologian says it like this: we were built to brag. God is worthy of worship, and our lives are meant to worship him. Tragically, sin has us boasting about lesser things, and the stories of our world reflect that.
As followers of Jesus, our stories put Jesus front and center. We say yes and amen to Ephesians 2—we were enemies of God, but God loved us and saved us by his grace in Jesus Christ. So we learn to re-tell our stories—bragging about the hero who died to save the villains so that we could become his friends.
Examples: 1. Instead of “I found Jesus”….“Jesus found me”
2. Instead of “I decided the Bible was true”…. “God gave me grace to receive his Word as true”
Preparing Your #JesusChangedMyLife Story
Beginning: Where did you come from and what shaped you?
What was your family like, what did you value? What were your interests and passions? Were there crashes/brokenness where your sinfulness showed itself? What has wounded you? Any destructive life patterns? How did you harm others?
False saviors: How did you try saving yourself?
What ways did you try to fill your voids and emptiness? What was your “drug of choice”? (examples: money, alcohol, religious performance, success, appearance, good works, sex, power, drugs, children, partner, etc.) How were you following the ways of the world, yourself or the ways of Satan? What did you believe or do in order to find purpose?
Redemption: How did Jesus enter in?
How did Jesus bring his good news into your life? What drew you to trust Jesus? How was the gospel really good news to you?
New Life: How is your story now a part of God’s story?
How is Jesus pouring grace into your life now? How has new life in Jesus changed the way you think about yourself, your purpose, and your future? Where do you find joy in life with Him?
Invite Others to Trust Jesus
“Jesus changed my life and he wants to change yours too. Trust in Jesus today and begin to follow him. If you’re ready to trust and follow Jesus, let me know so we can talk and celebrate together.”
How to Participate
1) CREATE a 3-5 minute video of yourself sharing your testimony of how Jesus changed your life using the guide above. Here are some recording video tips:
a. Use a clean and simple background.
b. Make sure the main light source is in front of you.
c. Film at eye level and look into the camera.
d. Make sure your face is well lit, not covered in shadows
e. Have your phone sideways (landscape), not upright.
2) SHARE the video on Facebook and Instagram this week. Use the hashtag #JesusChangedMyLife and tag @peacecity.church in your post so people can learn more about Jesus through our local church. If possible, email the video to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) PRAY that the resurrection power of Jesus on display in these videos would move people to turn to Jesus and begin their own #JesusChangedMyLife journey.