I am looking forward to our time together this evening. We are going to have a fun time of food, fellowship and Bible study.
I hope that you are enjoying our Superheroes series. I believe we will have a good time of discussion this evening.
Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon is from: Philippians 3:1-14. The title of this sermon is: Your Story Can Impact The World. This is week 2 in our Superheroes 2 series.
Stories are powerful. There is something crazy about how a story can pull you in. You get attached to these characters and for some reason actually care about what happens to them.
Stories have a way of grabbing your emotions. A couple of months ago, it was revealed that Captain America was actually an undercover agent of Hydra. Some people were angry. Some people were asking questions that no one was providing answers for. Some people begin speculating what was going to happen.
People were angry when Bane broke Batman or when Joker shot Batgirl. All kinds of questions arose when it became news that Batman had a son and he didn’t even know it.
These characters are not real but have a way of compelling us as we interact with the story through listening.
Jesus told stories. In fact, the stories Jesus told are called parables. They are stories that drive home a particular point or message.
Parables are good. However, telling your story is powerful. God can use your story to impact people all around you but only if you tell your story.
Paul told his story.
Paul lays out his story for the Philippian church. He doesn’t go into great detail or share every aspect of his life. Rather, he uses his story as a way to make much of Jesus.
Your story can only serve its purpose if you tell it.
When Paul was a Pharisee, he had no clue that one day he would be preaching Jesus, writing to equip churches and travel all over the Roman empire to plant churches and teach. He had no idea that he would be shipwrecked or thrown into prison.
Paul shares his story in his letter to the Philippian church while he is a prisoner in Rome.
Just in the short telling of his story, it is easy to see how Paul’s story has impact. It still has impact today.
Your story is unique and when shared with people who do not know Jesus as their Redeemer King, carries great significance.
God can use the details of your story to impact and change the lives of those around you.
Here are some things you need to know:
- Your story is just that…your story. No one can argue with you about what God has done in your life. The details of what has happened in your life cannot be questioned. No one has lived your life but you.
When you tell your story, you don’t have to answer questions that you don’t know the answers too. There is nothing to debate because you are sharing your story. You are not getting involved in some deep theological discussion. You are not trying to share a discourse on apologetics. You don’t even have to address those things. All you have to do is share your story.
- Your story is interesting. The people in your life need to hear it. Some people will be curious, some people will be skeptical. Some will be drawn closer to Jesus because you just shared your story. Your story has the ability to impact the people who are connected to you. It doesn’t matter if they are an immediate family member, a co-worker, an acquaintance or someone who follows you on Twitter. You can talk about Jesus to anyone because your story is real. It will make a difference when you share what Jesus is doing in you and through you. It will also be like a drink of fresh water to the other person because you are not trying to sell them something, you are not trying to stir up a debate or convince them of anything, you are simply telling a story.
- Telling your story is an investment in God’s kingdom. As you seek to make an impact in the lives of others, Jesus can use your story to draw people to faith in him.
Think about this. You get to glorify Jesus and grow in your faith today because Paul shared his story 2000 years ago. Paul’s story was written in Greek and you are reading it in English. Paul may never had know that such a possibility would have ever existed. He may never have considered that people in another country who spoke a different language would read a letter he wrote 2000 years ago and it is still changing lives today.
You have no idea how God will use your story. That is not your call. However, God will use your story for His glory.
Your struggles. Your pain. Your sadness. Your joys. Your victories. Your celebrations. They are not wasted. They are all part of a bigger story. Your story.
If Paul had tried to discredit his story or say that his story was insignificant or believe that God could not use it, you would not be reading it today.
God wants to use your story to impact others and help them come to faith in Jesus.
How should you tell your story?
- In a conversation at a restaurant or coffee shop?
- Through a YouTube video?
- Through Facebook?
- Through conversations you have with other people?
Whatever method you decide to use to share your story is not important as you actually sharing your story.
1 Timothy 1:16.
God wants to use your story. Tell it.
You may never know how your story will impact the world.
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