This is My Story: Share it

This is my Story

August 16, 2015

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Rosario Picardo

So, you've got a story. And whether that story feels shallow or shameful your greatest power lies in the telling of that unique, God-written life-narrative. This weekend in worship we'll press forward in our late-summer series, losing the fear while discovering your faith-sharing voice.  


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Today's Focus

2 Timothy 1:7  

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No need to fear; every one of us has a story and God can use it for his glory! But we can take part in crafting it into a meaningful nugget that is easy for others to digest and helps us feel prepared when we are called to share it.  Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.
Day 1: Read 2 Timothy 1: 6-12
How would you define testimony and summary? Do you have positive or negative feelings when you think of the word testimony? Have you ever felt ashamed of your belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God? Why or why not? When and where have you shared your faith story?
Day 2: Read Exodus 3:10-4:17
Consider Moses’ concerns; how can you relate? Consider God’s responses; how can you relate? Would you have had more questions for God? Do you have questions about your life story so far? Have you respectfully asked God to give you insight into your concerns?
Day 3: Read Exodus 31:12-18 (Optional: skim Exodus)
Observe the closeness of Moses’ relationship with God. What part of Moses’ story/actions enhanced his relationship with God? How did God use summary in making his point regarding the Sabbath? How could you shape your daily story to draw closer to God?
Day 4: Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
How did God comfort Moses with his affliction in Day 2? How has God comforted you? How has your story comforted someone? Over the years, what do you actually remember? Share a favorite story. Think back to specific times in life and try to recall the details.
Day 5: Read Psalm 139:4; 2 Timothy 1:6-7
Describe yourself in ten words. Describe three highs and three lows in your life. Thank God for those moments. What brought you back from those lows? What unique lessons were learned in the high/low moments? Share a summary of those moments/lessons with a friend.
Day 6: Read Matthew 1:19-21
What was Joseph’s fear? What was his story leading up to this dream? How and why did God nudge Joseph to keep his story on track for the sake of others, including you? How does Joseph’s story summary comfort you and change your story?
Day 7: Read Matthew 14:13-33
Compare Jesus’ public interaction with his personal interactions. How did the disciples benefit from the personal interweaving of their story with Jesus? How does this parallel  a church relationship vs. a daily personal walk? Craft your summary story of this week.  This life.

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