Men. The apostle Paul gave Titus this advice as he prepared to teach men.
. . . talk to them; give them a good, healthy diet of solid teaching so they will know the right way to live . . . teach the older men (to) enjoy everything in moderation, respect yourselves and others, be sensible, and dedicate yourselves to living an unbroken faith demonstrated by your love and perseverance.” (Titus 2:1 The Message).
Women. Paul also gave Titus instructions about teaching the older women, offering him some instructions concerning issues that concern all women (Titus 2:3-5).
Today. We might be able to glean some good stories with writing prompts from these passages. But how can we share our own faith if we can’t communicate our personal stories, identifying the stories that matter most to us?
As I prepared to speak to a group of Christian women, encouraging them to share their faith stores, I recalled an important challenge in 1 Peter 3:15: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (NIV).
Prompts. The following writing prompts helped me prepare to tell my faith story, particularly my personal “come to Jesus” experience.
- Before Christ. How would you characterize your life before you trusted in Jesus Christ? [Attitudes, emotions, concerns . . . ]
- Faith Crisis. What were the circumstances in your life that led you to trust Jesus Christ as Savior?
- Salvation. When and how did you respond to accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?
- Christ follower. How would you characterize your life today since you chose to follow Christ? How is your life different now?
- Scripture Promises. What Bible verses have helped through a crisis of faith?
What resource or practice has helped you communicate your faith stories?