Jerry Wiles on Communicating Truth — By All Means

Orality Training Equips for Effective Communication and Disciple Making Skills

A missionary friend has a parting statement, “Keep the faith — Just don’t keep it to yourself.”  We often use that statement in our Orality Training programs, where we focus on “learn a little, practice a lot, implement immediately and tell the stories often.” We emphasize that it’s better to know a little, that you tell to a lot, than to know a lot, that you keep to yourself.  Skills of Storytelling and the use of oral art forms equip and enable ordinary believers to effectively communicate truth and share our faith.

Power of Storytelling

An older gentleman in his 80s attended a Bible Storying // Orality Training Workshop.  He shared how he has been a Sunday School teacher for more than 60 years.  At the end of the training he said, “I wish someone had taught me this 70 years ago.”  This same man had a doctor’s appointment where he was going to tell a lady the story of Nicodemus from John chapter 3.  In his introductory comments, he told her he would like to tell her a story from the Bible about being born again. Before he could tell the story, the woman said, “Wait a minute, I need to be born again.” So, he shared the Gospel with her, invited her to pray with him and she confessed her faith in Christ.  The man later said, “I didn’t even get to tell her the story.”

Creativity of the Holy Spirit

Often just talking about the stories can open the door to sharing the message of Jesus.  It’s evidence of the unlimited and creative ability of the Holy Spirit to work through us as we make ourselves available to Him.  There are numerous ways of connecting with people to share our faith.  When we are alert to the people around us, observe and watch for opportunities, we will definitely connect with people who need the Lord.  I am often amazed and surprised at how open many people are and how the Lord works in those encounters.

Ministers of Reconciliation

As followers of Jesus, we are all ministers of reconciliation. It’s not a limited calling or something we need specialize training for.  When we’ve had an encounter with the Living God, and know the Good News of Jesus, we have something to communicate.  I remember sharing the Lord with a lady in a shopping mall several years ago.  She was excited and told me that her husband had just come to the Lord six months earlier. She went on to say that he was unemployed, had time on his hands, and led six other people to Christ in those few months.

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SOURCE: Assist News