Passage: Acts 22
Wrongly accused of disrespecting Jewish law, Paul shares his upbringing, religious training, and conversion to Christianity with the crowd. As soon as he says, “Gentiles,” people remember their anger and begin rioting again.
There are few things more powerful and disarming than a story, particularly the story of how Jesus can change someone’s life. Paul could have argued the finer points of the law with anyone in the crowd. He could have expounded on Jesus’ fulfillment of every nook and cranny of Old Testament prophecy. Instead, Paul shared his story of transformation with a vicious mob. A murderer of Christians morphed into a preacher of the Gospel — that’s compelling stuff!
“You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard” (Acts 22:15).
Every Christ follower has a story to tell. All of us have been rescued from a life of sin and disobedience, set free to follow Jesus. God does not call us to be articulate salesmen or well- educated theologians. He has equipped us better than that. God has given each of us a story of transformation and the power of the Gospel. Who are we sharing our stories with?
- What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
- In Acts 22, Paul gives a great example of how to share your story. If you’ve never practiced sharing your story, share it with us at www.rocc.com/mystory
- How do you feel when faith comes up in mixed company? Do you shy away from talking about Jesus with friends, family and co-workers?