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Your Story

What is my story?

We believe that there are four chapters in the story of humanity:

Four coloured circles containing text: creation, fall, redemption, restoration
The four stages of the story of humanity: Creation, Fall, Redemption and Restoration

These four chapters exist in your life, too. In fact, every one of us has followed the same cycle. We all start somewhere and all hit a problem at some point. We then met Jesus who rescued us and we’ve experienced a measure of healing ever since.

We have been created in the image of God, our identity and wholeness are found in Him. We all do things wrong that separate us from this wholeness, because of our brokenness. Our heavenly father knows this so He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us. His death paid the price for the consequence of our actions. We don’t deserve heaven after death or freedom in this life, but God gives it to us nonetheless. Finally, his Holy Spirit restores us back to our origin. We become whole again and healed, walking side-by-side with God. This is the story of us.

The Story Of Us

Four coloured circles containing text: creation, fall, redemption, restoration
Your story also has these four chapters

Ok, it’s time to get down to business.

As you put your personal story together, it’s really important to see yourself through the lens of each chapter, this forms the structure of your story. It will reveal a consistent thread through your story.

Let’s start to map out your story using the four points. Grab your notepad or note-taking app, sit down with a drink and be honest as you answer the questions.

Creation

Creation

  • How did your journey start?
  • What was your life like growing up?
  • Who or what most shaped your understanding of yourself?
Fall

Fall

  • What was broken or missing from your life?

  • What type of things did you use to try to “fix” your life?

  • How was your relationship with God or others not the way God created it to be?

Redemption

Redemption

  • How did you come to put your faith in Jesus?

  • What convinced you of God’s goodness and grace?

  • What have you been rescued from?

Restoration

Restoration

  • What is your life like now?

  • What has changed since finding Jesus?

  • What is your hope or dream now?

That exercise should’ve stretched you but also helped you figure your personal journey out. Feel free to download and print a story form to help you piece together your story:

So, what next?

Here are three simple steps you can take next:

  1. Pray over it and reflect on it for a few days. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal other elements of His power at work in your life. Thank God for taking you on your journey of new life.
  2. Tell someone in your church community. By sharing it with a fellow believer, you practice it and get to hear yourself tell someone. It helps as you continue to think it through. It will also bless and build your friend up and perhaps challenge them to get their story written down.
  3. Use our Serve the World guide and share your story with someone you are serving. Your story, as simple or as grand as it may seem, will leave an impression on those you’re influencing towards Jesus.

Isn’t it great to know your own story and be able to celebrate it? Why not go and create some more stories?

Tell us your story here…