Goal of discussion: How to share your story (testimony) of how you came to Christ and what He has done in your life with others. Before you H.O.S.T. your group:
Preview Session 4 DVD.
Review the discussion outline (below).
Gather the necessary materials (i.e. Bible, DVD, DVD player, pens, Participant’s Guide, etc.).
Pray for your group meeting. Ask God to use this session to liberate everyone in your group to begin sharing their faith in ways that fit their God-given personality and style of evangelism.
OPTIONAL: ReadChapters 4-6 of the book, Becoming a Contagious Christian, by Bill Hybels and Mark Mittelberg.
What your Life Group members should bring:
Becoming a Contagious Christian: Participant’s Guide
Reminder: This is a guide. Adjust the amount of content based on the needs of your group.
The suggested times below are merely suggestions and NOT requirements. It is based on a 2 hour Life Group gathering (i.e. 7-9pm).
I. Group Welcome/Icebreaker, if necessary (Suggested time: 3-5 min.)
II. Life Sharing (Suggested time: 10-15 min.) Allow each individual or couple to share about how they are doing personally.
III. DNA Journal Sharing (Suggested time: 3-5 min.) Allow 1-2 people to share about what God is teaching them in His Word through their DNA Journal reading.
Suggestion: You may want to ask these people ahead of time and choose different people for each meeting so everyone has a chance to share.
IV. Last Discussion Review and New Discussion Introduction (Suggested time: 3-5 min.) Open with prayer.
Allow people to briefly share any thoughts from your last Life Group gathering.
Ask if anyone has a story about how God opened doors for him/her to talk about Him with someone else.
Pass out the Becoming a Contagious Christian: PARTICIPANT’S GUIDE to anyone who has NOT yet received one.
V. Play DVD Teaching (Approximately 40-45 min.) Play DVD Teaching 4: Caz’ Sands Teaching on “Telling Your Story”
IMPORTANT NOTE: Be ready for the “pauses” in the DVD, which allow people to reflect and/or write in their Participant’s Guide.
VI. Discussion (Suggested time: 25-30 min.)
Reminder: These questions are a guide for discussion/interaction among the group members. Adjust the amount of content based on the needs of your group.
Does anyone have any stories or updates about sharing their faith with someone else?
What was the main thing you learned from this teaching? (What struck you the most or stood out to you?)
In Acts 26:1-23, what encourages and/or challenges you about how Paul shared his story with King Agrippa?
What application can you make from Paul sharing his story? In other words, what did Paul do that you can also do?
Have you ever shared your story with someone? How did they respond?
What have you learned from sharing your story with others? What works/doesn’t work, things to do/not do, etc.
What is your “Concluding Question” for your story (pp. 59-61)?
What is your “Unifying Theme” for your story (pp. 60-61)?
What does it mean to “Focus on your friend” when sharing your story (p. 63)? Why is this so significant?
Follow the instructions on the bottom of p. 62. Have people pair up and allow them to share their stories with each other and give feedback.
If you want to and have time, bring everyone back together and let one or more people share their stories with the entire group.
VII. Prayer (Suggested time: 10-15 min.)
Pray for the salvation of people on everyone’s Impact List (you can add the people on the Prayer List too, if you want).
Pray that God would give everyone boldness and an opportunity to step out and share their story with the person on their Impact List or someone else.
VIII. Important Announcements (Suggested time: 3-5 min.)
Please mention any significant upcoming events at church and encourage people to participate.
Remind them of the date of your next Life Group gathering, and to bring their Participant’s Guide, Bible, pen, and $7 for their Participant’s Guide (if they did not pay).