Listen to THEIR story. Then share YOUR story. Here’s how!
Paul’s Story: “Paul, you are permitted to speak.” Paul has been in prison for two years in Caesarea. He is now defending himself before the Roman court of King Agrippa. In this crucial moment, he chooses to simply tell the story of his life. Paul provides an instructive model for you as you share your story with others who don’t know Christ.
1. Understand how Paul shared his story in Acts 26:1-32.
2. Develop an outline for your story.
3. Write out your story in such a way that you share the gospel of the Kingdom. Then all who hear your story will begin to understand HIS story as well.
4. Be sensitive in the Spirit to your key listener(s). You can often begin by asking about and then listening to them share about their life. Then you progress from THEIR STORY to YOUR STORY to HIS STORY.
5. Set a goal to share your story with others – often, and for the rest of your life!
The Key Verses: Acts 26:1-32 “I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?” (26:15)
The Promise: Like the man who was healed, you can say, “I was blind, but now I can see” (John 9:25). Your story is one you know well. People will not argue with your experience. Remember, once you have come to know the Lord Jesus as your Savior, He wants you to “go home and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you” (Mk 5:19). As you share your story, believe “the Spirit of your Father speaks in you” (Mt 10:20). Jesus is promising you, “For this purpose I appeared to you, to appoint you a servant and a witness.” Take Acts 26:16-18 to heart! Sharing Jesus is your
NEW PURPOSE IN LIFE!
The Teaching: Acts 26
1. Introduce Your Story (1-4)
a. Seek an opening to share (1): You want to build a relationship where you share their story, your story and then Jesus’ story.
b. Give them a compliment (2-3): This may be an encouragement or a prophetic word where you perceive their heart’s openness to your message.
c. Introduce your theme (4): You have a unique “manner of life” that forms the theme of your story. It is good to include a passage from Scripture that addresses your life-theme.
d. How will you begin to share your story? ____________________________________
e. What is one thing you appreciate about the person you are talking to?
f. How will you introduce the “theme” (or dream) of your life? (Love, hope, joy, etc.) ___________________________
2. Your Life Before Meeting the Lord (5-8):
Paul was a religious leader with a belief in the resurrection of the dead. His religion failed him. His hope was soon fulfilled in the Lord Jesus. Share honestly about your struggles (but not too much detail about your sin). People will relate.
Describe your life before you met the Lord.
3. Your Need for A Relationship with the Lord (9-11):
Paul was “furiously enraged,” an early terrorist full of hate and anger. Jesus encountered Paul and challenged him, “Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” Paul had to ask, “Who are you, Lord?”
What was it in your life that made you realize that you needed the Lord?
4. How You Met the Lord (12-15):
The Lord Jesus personally introduced Himself to Paul. Paul shared the exact details of how he met the Lord, down to the very moment he heard the words, “I am Jesus.”
Describe exactly how you met the Lord. Include a discussion of the cross. What was your exact decision that brought you into a relationship with Christ?
5. Your New Purpose in Life (16-18):
Paul shares how the Lord sends him out with a new vision and purpose to lead people “from darkness to light.” Paul remembers Jesus’ promise that He will continue to “appear to you.”
After meeting Christ, how has the purpose of your life changed? Be specific.
6. Your Life After Meeting the Lord (19-23):
Paul obeyed the vision and found his fulfillment in proclaiming the resurrection of Christ. (These are some of the most powerful verses in the NT.)
Now return to the theme of your life. As you have walked with the Lord Jesus, how has the theme (or dream) of your life been fulfilled?
7. Discuss Your Story (24-29):
One of Paul’s listeners shared his disbelief, accusing him of being “out of his mind.” Paul briefly refuted that. He then confidently asked King Agrippa about his belief in the prophetic word. He discussed with King Agrippa his openness to the gospel. Finally, he reached out to Agrippa’s friends.
When you have finished your story, what is one question that you will ask to find out what your friend is thinking? _______________________________
8. Follow Up the Receptive (30-32):
Paul made Agrippa think! Start by asking for their phone number. Follow up receptive people in 24 hours. Send them YouTube clips like “The Gospel of the Kingdom” by the Bible Project. Then, arrange to meet them again!
Your Next Steps:
Fill out the “Your Story” worksheet. As you answer the questions think carefully about Paul’s model and then about your own life. When you are done, practice it, memorize it and then go out and share it with 10 people (who do not know Christ) in the two weeks. Pray and expect the Father to give you words to speak that will open hearts to hear the gospel. Then, seek to share the gospel further, by giving them a booklet, sending a clip or by arranging to talk with them again.