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Session 12

Your story is powerful and important

Read: Mark 4:21-34

Everyone loves a good story.  

Gripping stories can launch us to the edge of our seat championing for the underdog to win the big game. They bring us to tears when injustice befalls the innocent. And they make us sigh with content when everything turns out alright in the end.

Jesus told 38 parables, or stories, during His three-year ministry. He used storytelling to relate to us and communicate three facts about Himself:

1. Jesus knows what you’re going through.

In parables, Jesus used commonly known places and practical real-life examples to teach us about Him and how to have a relationship with God.

2. Jesus loves you.

Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn us, but to save us (John 3:17). He didn’t push people away but spoke truthfully by using stories, which would more often result in conviction instead condemnation.  

3. Jesus has a purpose for your story.

In Mark 4:21-34, Jesus reminds us of the power He has given us in our personal story. If we don’t share the story of how we met Jesus and how He’s changed our lives, we limit the purposeful impact Jesus wants to make through us.  

What we think is boring about our stories can be the thing people relate to and the thing Jesus uses to draw them to Himself. Our story of how we met Jesus is our greatest tool to reach those far from Jesus and teach them to follow Him step by step! Following Jesus is not a religion; it’s a relationship.

When we tell others about Jesus and how he has changed our lives, we are sharing more than words — we’re sharing the most valuable gift, the good news about Jesus!

Reflect:

  • What is your story of how you met Jesus?
  • How could Jesus use your story to help others know Him?
  • Who is the one person you could share your story with today? Not sure who that person is? Share it with us here.  

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How to experience true change

How to experience true change

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2

Why baptism matters for you

Why baptism matters for you

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3

Do you want to be closer to Jesus?

Do you want to be closer to Jesus?

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4

Do you see Jesus as a healer?

Do you see Jesus as a healer?

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5

Why does time with Jesus matter?

Why does time with Jesus matter?

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6

What does faith look like?

What does faith look like?

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7

You don’t have to clean up first

You don’t have to clean up first

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8

What is the Sabbath and why does it matter?

What is the Sabbath and why does it matter?

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9

How to do life with others like Jesus did

How to do life with others like Jesus did

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10

Is your top commitment to Jesus?

Is your top commitment to Jesus?

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11

Are you growing good soil?

Are you growing good soil?

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12

Your story is powerful and important

Your story is powerful and important

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13

How to combat fear with faith

How to combat fear with faith

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14

How has Jesus changed your whole life?

How has Jesus changed your whole life?

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15

Why your faith is important

Why your faith is important

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16

How to believe even when it’s hard to see

How to believe even when it’s hard to see

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17

What to do when you face an impossible task

What to do when you face an impossible task

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18

Don’t let distraction stop you from seeing the miracle

Don’t let distraction stop you from seeing the miracle

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19

Life with Jesus is more than a list of rules

Life with Jesus is more than a list of rules

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20

Are your beliefs based on experience?

Are your beliefs based on experience?

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21

When it’s time to stop asking for a sign

When it’s time to stop asking for a sign

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22

Sometimes, saying no is the best yes

Sometimes, saying no is the best yes

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23

What happens when you go to God in prayer

What happens when you go to God in prayer

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24

You are a vital part of the church family

You are a vital part of the church family

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25

What Jesus said you should do with sin

What Jesus said you should do with sin

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26

Who do you lean on the most?

Who do you lean on the most?

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27

How to know what you really value

How to know what you really value

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28

Tired of not getting your way?

Tired of not getting your way?

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29

You have a brand, but do you know what it is?

You have a brand, but do you know what it is?

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30

The greatest of all the commandments is love

The greatest of all the commandments is love

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31

It’s OK to want to be blessed

It’s OK to want to be blessed

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32

How to survive the end of the world

How to survive the end of the world

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33

You’re one of the bad guys

You’re one of the bad guys

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34

Why communion is a powerful symbol of our faith

Why communion is a powerful symbol of our faith

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35

When you are weak, Jesus makes you strong

When you are weak, Jesus makes you strong

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36

Are you scared of sharing your faith?

Are you scared of sharing your faith?

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37

Does fear drive you to deny Jesus?

Does fear drive you to deny Jesus?

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38

You don’t have to make everyone happy

You don’t have to make everyone happy

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39

You are not alone in your suffering

You are not alone in your suffering

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40

Some things are too important to worry about fitting in

Some things are too important to worry about fitting in

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41

What the resurrection did for you

What the resurrection did for you

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