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Telling Your Story Part I- God

We’re in the midst of a series on personal storytelling told in 3 parts. It’s an important series and one that I wish more of our regulars were here to take part in, but, as I’ve heard Pastors say before, the right people were here to take part. Even so, I thought I’d share my notes so any of our readers could also enjoy it. I’ll flush out the notes as best I can so everyone can take what they need from it.

The series is all out telling our stories to others. Part I focuses on telling God’s story. Part II deals with telling the story of our church. Part III this coming Sunday will be about telling our personal stories.

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Part I- Telling God’s Story

The Story- John 1:1-5

Passion- John 3:16-17

Experimentation- Genesis 1:26

The definition of experimentation is A. a test under controlled conditions that is made to demonstrate a known truth, examine the validity of a hypothesis, or determine the efficacy of something previously untried; B. an innovative act or procedure; or C. to try something new, especially in order to gain experience.

Think of this definition with God in mind.

Expertise & Focus- Psalm 139:14, Luke 12:6-7

Share Your Art- God’s art is represented in nature and in us.

Not Afraid to Try New Things- Think about the platypus, an egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal. That’s not the end of the weirdness. It is one of the few venomous mammals. The male platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans.

Core Equity- Ecclesiastes 12:13, John 6:40

Embrace Them for Who They Are- 1 John 5:7-8

Transparency- The Bible is pretty transparent about God’s plan for us.

Memorable and Iconic- What is memorable to you personally about God and Jesus?

Savor and Slow Down- How do we do it? I’d say meditate, but do it God’s way, not some pseudoreligious yoga kind of way. Psalms 1:2, Psalms 19:14, Psalms 119:15

No Mass Production- Is the way you view God nothing but the mass produced version…an angry white man who just wants everyone to follow rules and never have fun?

Imperfect is Perfect- Isaiah 64:6-8

Essence- God loves us and wants us to spend eternity with Him.