New Christian BIble reading plan: Transcript of Day 13
Every day of a new Christian’s walk with Jesus, they need clear teaching and encouraging mentoring. In this post, I transcribe the teaching from the plan for discipling new Christians found at NewStart Discipleship. This helps give new Christians a clear new believer Bible reading plan, along with a set of new habits for new Christians.
Here’s the transcript from day 13:
New Start Discipleship Day 13
Hey, welcome to New Start Discipleship. So glad you're here, today it's day 13, all right? We're in Acts 26 today, and Paul is standing before a man of authority, an important government official and he's telling his story.
Now, here's what I want to talk to you about today, you'll notice that Paul dives into his story and he tells what happened to him. Paul, if this became like a standard thing he would do, he does it Acts 17. He does it Acts 26. Whenever he does it, whenever he has a chance to tell what Jesus did for him, he does, all right? I want to tell you the power of your story is incredible. What Jesus has done for you, and you say, but I don't I don't know how to do that. Like people ask me about Christianity and my family and I don't know what to say, I don't know how to, like, I don't know, all this stuff this book is still maybe still new to you. It's like there's a lot to learn, how do I, what do I focus on? Do I start talking about theology, and Jesus is God and what a …?
Listen, here's what you can do. Here's what you do. There's one thing it's very difficult to argue with and that is your story. Here's what happened to me. So, Paul tells that story and he just takes time to just develop his story and get up there and say, here's what happened to me. Here's why I want to tell you today, when you don't know what to say, tell your story. When you have an opportunity, tell your story. So how do you say, how do I develop my story? Here's what you do, okay? I would encourage you to get a piece of paper or maybe in the back of your notebook or something, just kind of sketch out these three things, right? What was life like before I met Jesus? What happened when I met Jesus? And what is my life like, how has life changed now that I met Jesus, right?
So, what was life like before I met Jesus, okay? Were you down by sin? Were you not a good person? Were you addicted to something? Were you living in hopelessness? Did you have, what was it low was the feelings like what? Okay, so you tell that part of the story.
Secondly, you tell what happened when you met Jesus. And I just, you know, I've had people tell me, sometimes it's a dramatic story, you know, it's like, oh, I was, you know, had a car accident, I was laying on my back in bed and in the hospital and so maybe that kind of story. Maybe it was much more simple than that. I came to the conclusion that my life didn't have any meaning and I was tired of it. I was sick of not knowing where I was, and who I was and why it mattered. And I came to God and said, I need you to give me purpose in life. I need you to give me another chance. I know I've done wrong. And I know, I haven't been living my life your way. And I'm sorry. Maybe that's what it is. Whatever your story is, write that out, okay? What was life been like before? What happened when I met Jesus and became a Christian? And then what is life like now? How has life changed? Is there a new purpose? Is there new joy? Is there meaning? Is there hope? Is there a sense of forgiveness? Is there a sense of belonging? What does that, what does that like? What's your experience like? Write those things out. Those are your three parts, okay? Write those things out and spend a little bit of time to develop your story and and think about it, maybe tell it to yourself several times and try to get yourself like a one-minute version and a five-minute version. Does that make sense, right?
So, you give me like your elevator version of your speech. And you're like, more involved sitting across the coffee shop table version. And tell, that story, practice telling it so that when somebody asks, you got something to say, all right? When somebody asks, you've got something to say, all right? When you don't know what to say tell your story.
Thanks for watching today, read Paul's story, and then use that as kind of a template to develop your own. I'm excited to see what God does through people, God's Christian people just tell their story. See tomorrow.
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Darrell Stetler II is a pastor in Oklahoma City, and loves Jesus, disciple-making, his family, and Oreos (although not equally).