“Upon arriving in Antioch, they called the church together and reported everything God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles, too.”Acts 14:27
Paul & Barnabas traveled far & wide on their first missionary journey. They visited many cities sharing the Gospel of Jesus with Jews and Gentiles seeing many lives completely changed.
This week we see them return to Antioch sharing the stories with the believers there who were waiting for their return. They shared stories of the lame man who was healed. The time Paul was stoned and left for dead. And countless other stories not included in the text.
Many beautiful things occur in ministry. The conversations between people sharing stories of life & faith. The incredible serving opportunities where God blesses all involved whatever their needs may be. The lives completely changed after beginning to follow Jesus Christ.
As you travel along on your faith journey share the stories of ministry with your close friends. Share with one another what God is teaching you right now. Share stories from serving others not to gain glory for yourself but to praise God together for the lives impacted by the Gospel.
Think back to when you first heard about Jesus Christ. Who shared their faith story with you? What stood out to you when you heard it?
Sharing stories is one way that we connect with one another. We get to know someone in ways that only stories tell us. We have a further bond with an individual that matures our friendship with them.
Paul & Barnabas shared their stories from their first missionary trip so that the believers in Antioch can see how God answered their prayers for Paul & Barnabas. The believers were together with Paul & Barnabas in ministry through many miles separated them.
When you gather with fellow believers what stories do you share from ministry with one another? By sharing stories from living The 168 Life you are able to see how God is reaching the world through you. Also you see the fruit of your prayers for each other. As a community you are connected together sharing and serving together. When you share stories with each other or to someone who has not heard yet you are sharing God in your words.
There is no need to be nervous about being able to speak well or not. God promises to give you the words to share by the Holy Spirit. Share from your heart. Share what you saw. The story will flow from you in ways you did not conceive. Be assured that God’s Word does not return empty (Isaiah 55:11).
This Week’s Challenge
The next time you get with friends share a story from when you first heard the Gospel story.