Saturday, November 23, 2013

Seven Stories of Hope

The Seven Stories of Hope are an evangelism tool being used around the world to lead unbelievers in a discovery Bible study that leads to faith in Jesus Christ. So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God - Romans 10:17. By finding responsive people (persons of peace) and telling them stories from Scripture or ideally leading a Bible study in their home we are building their faith with the Word of God and leading them to faith. There are many different versions of the Seven Stories of Hope, this collection are the favorites from my experience. The following is an excerpt from an adaptation of T4T that I have been working on. Each lesson is laid out with a process for leading Discipleship groups and discovery Bible studies. Let me know if you have any questions. I may be posting the full curriculum in progress soon.

Seven Stories of Hope

These seven stories are meant to be used as a long term evangelism tool for people who are far from God, but not yet ready to make a decision to follow Jesus and serve Him as their risen Lord. If someone is not ready to follow Jesus yet, ask them if they are willing to study the Bible with you. If they agree, take them through the “Seven Stories of Hope.” If they do not want to study the Bible with you, but are still willing to listen, begin to tell them these stories and orally prompt them with the “Head, Heart, Hands” questions.
These discovery Bible studies reveal Christ through His word and build faith in the hearts of the hearers. These studies can be done orally and simply told as a method of evangelism, but the more completely you can follow the process, the more effective it will be for developing reproducing disciples. These Bible studies help people discover Christ and make a decision to repent, believe, and serve Him as their risen Lord. If the participants repent and believe, there should be no delay in moving them out of these stories and into lessons for short-term discipleship. Call the participants to make a decision to give their lives to Jesus regularly. These studies should not delay the call to make a decision, but should supplement the call to make a decision. It may be helpful to ask, “What’s stopping you from giving your life to Jesus today?” Remember to be led by the Holy Spirit.

Story #1 –The Sinful Woman (Luke 7:36-50)

Look Back

Pastoral Care: Do introductions since this is your first time.

Loving Accountability: Skip this since this is your first meeting.

Prayer and worship: Remember, prayer is worship.

Look Up

New Lesson

Tell the Story: “The Woman Who Wept at Jesus’ Feet” (Luke 7:36-50). Read the story in two different translations.

Head, Heart, Hands

 Look Forward

Practice: In groups of 2-3, retell the Bible story to each other in your own words.  (Or do a skit to retell the story!)
2-3 willing volunteers retell the story to everyone.

Goal Setting: Trainers share who they will tell this story to this week. Fishing? Do you have a friend you can share this story with this week?
Trainer shares something he or she will do this week as a result of this story.
Following? What can you do this week as a result of this story?
Pray for success in what each said they would do as well as for any other prayer needs. 

Story #1 –The Sinful Woman (Luke 7:36-50)
Story #2 – Who Does God Accept? (Luke 18:9-17)
Story #3 – A Hole in the Roof (Luke 5:17-26)
Story #4 – The Woman Caught in Adultery (John 8:1-11)
Story #5 – Trial and Execution (Luke 22:66-23:25; 23:32-43)
Story #6 – The Cost of Following Jesus (Luke 18:18-30; 19:1-10)
Story #7 – Two Lost Sons (Luke 15:11-32)

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