Tell Your Story

Erik Cooper —  November 19, 2009 — 2 Comments

“Go home to your own people.  Tell them your story – what the Master did, how He had mercy on you.” (Mark 5:19 MSG)

We’re so quick to focus on theology, doctrine, knowledge. But it’s interesting to me that when Jesus healed a demon-possessed man in Mark 5, He didn’t immediately send him to get more information.  He didn’t even sit down with him to go over the basics.  He sent him to share his personal story, his God-encounter.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against knowledge or doctrine.  We should constantly pursue truth and understanding (just check out Proverbs alone). But I also see a generation of knowledge addicts, a culture that thinks more information is the answer to everything.

And transformation never happens. It’s possible to be full of knowledge without ever personally encountering Jesus.

Jesus didn’t send this newly freed man to seminary, He sent him to tell the story of their personal and transformational encounter. Is your “story” a bunch of dry facts, arguments, philosophy, doctrine, or culture – a “what?” instead of a Who?”

Be honest with yourself.  Have you personally encountered Christ? (NOTE: I’m not asking how many years you’ve gone to church, how many books you’ve read, what ministries you’re involved in, how many justice initiatives you support, what letters you have after your name).

I’m simply asking this:  do you have a story to tell?

2 responses to Tell Your Story

  1. Another great post, Erik. One of the things that’s emphasized in the Centurions program ( is “teach for transformation, not just information”. That’s not saying that imparting information is not good; it’s just not good enough and falls short of the goal of transformation into the image of Christ.

  2. Combining your blogs, I just feel that when I stepped into the “contemporary pulpit” (or non-pulpit) that everything I was teaching was new! Some still believe this. I am back in a more traditional pastorate (I believe because I told God that I would never go back) and as I re-read the “greats of the faith” we are/were just re-inventing the wheel!
    “Unless He attends the word in Power, vain will be the attempt in preaching it.” – D.L. Moody

    Blessed to have seen you brothers flippin channels one night!

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