An 84-year-old man attended a Bible Storying // Orality Training Workshop. He was interested in becoming more effective at sharing his faith. This man had been a believer since his teenage years, and a Sunday School teacher for more than 60 years. After the training he said, “I wish somebody would have taught me this 70 years ago.”
Keep the Faith
This type of training involves learning to tell true stories from the Word of God and asking questions that bring out many important spiritual truths and applications. The focus is on learning a little, practicing a lot, implementing immediately, and telling the stories. It’s better to know a little that we share a lot, than to know a lot that we keep to ourselves. We should keep the faith, just not keep it to ourselves. The Orality Training equips people to do just that. Another feature of the training is focused on insuring that the message and methods are biblical, understandable, and reproducible.
One of the stories that participants learn is the story of Nicodemus, from John chapter 3. The 84-year-old man had a doctor’s appointment and had determined ahead of time that he would look for an opportunity to tell the story and share his faith. In the doctor’s office there was a woman he was able to engage in conversation. He asked the woman if he could tell her a story he had recently learned. She said yes. He begins to introduce the story by telling her that it’s about being born again. Before he could get into the story, the woman stopped him and said, “Wait a minute, I need to be born again.” So, the man briefly shared the gospel and invited her to pray with him. She confessed her faith in Christ and invited Him to come into her life.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Jerry Wiles