This is Dr. Ed Hoskins, welcoming you to lessons in discipleship, a series designed to help new believers become established in their Christian faith.
Today’s session is sharing the gospel part three. It’s a sewing tool asking questions and telling stories. Let me tell you a little about myself. I’m a retired physician. I spent 34 years in family medicine and student health. I became a Christian 50 years ago. I was helped early in my Christian faith and the navigator’s a nondenominational international Christian organization, whose goal is to know Christ and to make it.
I’ve been on associate staff with that organization since 1980, less than discipleship is a compilation of what I learned during that time. What I learned then I now pass on to you today’s session sharing the gospel part through asking questions and telling stories. I love asking questions, telling stories because it’s receiver oriented rather than the sender oriented.
What does that. Well, you know, in the Western world, especially, we love to talk and we love to hear ourselves talk, but that’s being syndrome oriented. You know, I think we need to be more receiver oriented. A wise person once told me many years ago, God gave us two eyes, two ears, and one mouth. We should use them accordingly.
Well, Jesus was the master at both asking questions and telling stories. Let’s look at a simple Bible study at once did on how Jesus asked questions. I remember one Sunday afternoon, many years ago, I just went through the gospels and I found every place where Jesus asked a question. I wrote them down and looked at the context.
Here’s some of the questions that Jesus asked, what do you want me to do for you to another person? He says, actually this one was his disciple. Peter, who do people say that I am to the apostle Paul on the road to Damascus. Jesus asked Saul, Saul, why do you personally. To the, uh, to the woman at the, well, he, Jesus said, where’s your husband to another disciple who was looking for him.
He said, whom do you seek to one of the Pharisees Jesus once asked which one will love him more to another situation Jesus asked, which son obeyed his father to the disciples towards the, before in the Ascension. Jesus said, boys, have you caught any fish? I was always amazed at how asking questions could open up the hearts of other people.
Suddenly you go from me more, an intellectual basis down to numbers, no, or a few helpful questions I’ve used with my non-believing friends and with others first off, could you tell me about your spiritual journey? Usually we’re online people that even if they’re an atheist, so everyone has a spiritual journey.
Something happened to help them get there. And I asked them, tell me about your spiritual. Another question I’d like to ask. If you had a dream tonight and God came to you saying you could ask him for anything, what would you ask for here’s two more fun questions I’ve used with some of my Muslim friends.
Which one do you think existed? First? God, his spirit or his word? Another fun question. What makes a person clean or unclean? And this one?
A good resource for asking questions. Is a book, simple little book called God’s space. It’s by Doug Pollack, the back of his book. Doug includes a list of 99 possible questions grouped with three questions for each of 33 topics. It’s Nellie, I’ve adapted a few of those for my own use. I encourage you to do the same, keep a few stock questions in your pocket and the same things that you can use.
Memorize one or two, try one out the next time. You know, you’re talking with an unbeliever questions. Can pry open heart. Pray and ask God for an opportunity to ask your questions. Now let’s move on to storytelling equal to question asking possibly my favorite form of truth sharing is telling stories.
Everyone loves stories providing you that they’re relevant, short, and well-prepared however, the most important personal story to tell is your own faith story. Every, every believer has one first, the recommendations, keep it short. Practice it so that it’s no more than three to five minutes, second pick a single significant thing from your own life as the glue for your story.
Third include a single verse of scripture to quote you don’t have to actually put the reference in numbers and setters, just quote the verse, make it short forth. Be sure to tell how Jesus became real for you. Eliminate common religious words and terms such as redemption or salvation or baptism or Toman, et cetera, get someone else to help you practice telling it.
I love this verse from revelations 1211. It says they, the martyrs, they triumphed over him, Satan by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony. Well, there were other great stories to tell. Considered retelling the story of Jesus’ parables, depending upon how you count them, I’ve found 38 of them.
They’re easy to introduce simply by saying, you know, that reminds me of something she is Messiah once said, and then telling the story, these stories are fantastic and they really do open the minds and hearts of people sometimes using precious stories from your friends, culture is appropriate. And example here is the book of Kings, the Iranian Storic Shauna.
It’s an epic poem with the adventurous of Rostom and Silverade we in the west, don’t relate to those stories. Most of us, however, our friends do. Here’s an interesting time. Once I was having dinner with a group of friends from Iran, and I said, you know, I just finished reading the Shauna MEI and I was really impressed by it.
Could you tell me a few of the major lessons I should learn from that? It’s like someone turned on their power supply. I could see suddenly everything was moving in a good way and they wanted to talk. Another one is the poem, the Rubaiyat by Omar high-end you can find both of these, the Omar, I am story.
And the Shona. May you find them online, you know, for both that you can purchase them or from your Kindle, you try other stores, alpha Layla, Layla from Shaharazad 1,001 nights you have to be kind of careful about this one, because a number of these stories can get pretty real. Finally, every culture has its own precious and valued stories.
Some other interesting stories, a lot of my Arab friends love Khalila with them. Now these are animal wisdom stories. You can get them and they have both English translations now as well, or a stories of jihad in some parts of the Arab world is called NASA Janine hijab. You can get these from your local bookstore online, but their wisdom stories really make people smile.
Let’s summarize what we’ve learned in this brief presentation. First God gave us two eyes, two ears, and one mouth. We should learn to use them accordingly. In other words, we want to be more receiver oriented rather than sender oriented. Second memorize one or two simple questions. Use them out. Some of your non-believing friends.
Third, every believer must practice and use their own personal face story. Fourth and five. Keep questions and telling stories. Remember that? Asking these things. They’re, non-threatening, they’re fun. They’re easy ways to open spiritual conversations. Stories such as Jesus parables are subtle, courteous, and mysterious.
Well, we’ll see you next time for another session on lessons in discipleship. When we cover how to have a daily quiet time, that wraps up this session for this time. Thanks for coming and being here. Remember until next time, keep following Jesus. He’s worth it.