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Most people find faith because they know another Christian, see the difference Jesus makes, and hear their story. Yet most of us are reluctant faith sharers. This book inspires every Christian to see themselves as a story bearer.
Four distinct stories collide in great evangelism: God’s story, our story, the story of our friends and the story of our culture. The book expounds them all, encouraging us to learn and tell well the first two and listen and react well to the others.
Phil Knox punctuates his book with engaging accounts of success and failure. Story bearing has the potential to change the world of those around you.
Paperback book with accompanying online, downloadable sessions for small groups available from www.storybearer.com, plus Youtube videos for each session:
Youth version available via Youtube.
Adults, small groups. Beginning, Growing.
An inspiring, honest and exciting dive into the turbulent waters of evangelism, that brings hope, clarity and practical ways to learn how to swim with enjoyment. This will help so many to offer their story of Jesus to others with joy and confidence.
Aims for each session are clearly set out. They include the recommendation to read the relevant chapters from the book before the session. No timings.
Downloads are A4, easy to read and just a few pages for each session. Recap (Things to share since last session including any practise with story-telling); Welcome (introducing the theme including discussion, watching the relevant short video, reading the Bible story with discussion); Activity (Video, short extract from book or activity engaging with the theme); Response (Bible passage, possible activity and time for reflection); Prayer (Suggested prayer).
Any leader with a heart for evangelism, or wanting to get one…
All participants would need a copy of the book.
Great range of Youtube videos, pulled from a variety of sources. Thought-provoking, creative and memorable.
Essential to read the book. Familiarisation with the session downloads, setting up video links, preparing for some activities. Would easily translate to online delivery.
www.storybearer.com. Good site with downloads, encouragement, blogs and links to buy the book.
Very good feature of this resource. The input from the book material and the sessions will stimulate lively and relevant discussion and engagement. Prayer, too.
Great mix of reading, discussion, visual, videos and responsive activities and prayer that any could do.
The Sessions could just work on their own without the book in a low literate setting. Otherwise, should appeal to a wide range of churchgoers, wherever they are on the journey.
Recap every week gives all a chance to say how they are responding to learning how to tell their story. Support of each other is both explicit and implicit. Helps people to think things through for themselves
At least two Bible passages every time, and some of the video content has biblical themes.
Good mix of straight-forward reading of the Bible as well as exploring it from reflective angles and discussion. This gives space for the biblical material to speak for itself.
Centred around the good news of Jesus and what it means for us and for others – and the difference that following Jesus makes to all of our lives.
People need to know Jesus.
The book and the sessions work very well together to inspire people to work together on this.
Given that this resource is centred on learning how to offer the good news of Jesus to others in helpful ways, it is powerful, creative and practical.
If we walk alongside the author as he helps us to connect our story, God’s story and the story of others, this will inevitably stretch our faith and vision, in all the best ways.
Sensitivity to others is encouraged, while the main aim of engaging with the story of God for ourselves and others is central. It’s all about listening well, not just imposing our agendas.
If you want to learn how to tell your story about what Jesus means to you – and what he could mean to others – this will teach and equip you. Not only that, you will enjoy the journey!
The resource could go further in encouraging this, and encouraging ongoing story-telling, but it is a superb place to begin and should equip many.
Not a focus.
Implicitly part of this, but with the focus on the closest networks for individuals.