My favorite parts of the Bible are the stories. In these stories, I can easily identify with the characters in the Bible, and how they interact with God’s initiative in their lives. It gives me ideas, insight, and suggestions of things to do and not do as I work to understand my own relationship with God.
The same can be true for others. Most of our friends and families can relate better to our own stories of faith. Stories help us to communicate on a common level and build bridges of understanding and context. Think about how we help our children learn new things. We begin with something simple that they understand (begin with the known) and then build a bridge, commonly with stories, to a new idea or concept (to the unknown). So let’s work to share our story, our faith in Jesus with others.
Warning: Faith conversations are not always simple to begin. We don’t encounter many people in our daily life who are open and comfortable in sharing their faith with others. Just begin simple, and begin at home. Home is both the easiest place to start and the hardest place to sustain our faith conversations because it is the place we let our hair down the most.
Help: Read those Bible stories often. Pick up a copy of Faith Notes (also available on-line). These notes provide simple questions that help us to continue our faith conversations from Sunday’s sermon. It is a good way to keep the conversation going. Faith conversations – to Faith stories. Practice, Practice, Practice, the more you talk about God at home, the more natural it will be and the easier it will be to share with others. Share the Good News!!!
Lori Ferguson serves as Children's Director at Navarre UMC, and has been at the church since 2015. When she's not planning or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her grandkids. Read more about Lori here.