I first started asking people in that adult Sunday school class if they wanted to share anything that God had done in their lives during the last week.
Then I moved further, by asking every other group in church, whenever they met, to share what God was doing in their lives.
Then, we encouraged the teachers in the children’s Sunday school to ask it in their classes.
- That came quickly!
- Kids are not so inhibited!
- Nor are they stuck in the traditions of religion!
What happened in about eighteen months, was the greatest and most wonderful development of this movement.
- The culture had changed in our church. It was so smooth, no one even brought it up.
- It wasn’t something we did.
- It was who we became.
- The culture of the church changed.
- It occurred naturally, (supernaturally). We began to see the results of our people sharing their God stories with unchurched people in their social networks!
- The movement jumped beyond the borders of our church membership.
- The movement jumped beyond the boundaries of Christians. People were telling their God stories to those in their social networks who were not yet Christ followers!
- Our church began to grow. Our people were witnessing, now, to non-Christians!
Yet, they were not “witnessing” as a program.
- It was a spontaneous epidemic.
- Not the flu, but people were catching Christianity.
- It wasn’t about an institution—our church.
- It was about gossiping the gospel, in a positive sense.
- The people were not knocking on doors, talking to strangers.
- They were just sharing naturally, what God was doing in their lives.
- They were recalling “God stories” from their past and using them, when they fit, with what people were telling them.
- There never was a “program.”
- They were learning, on the job, like the disciples.
- Christianity, and outreach, was not a program.
- It became a lifestyle!