Celebrating Easter is at the core of who we are as Christians. Although we may not be able to physically gather as churches or observe certain family traditions this year, one way to celebrate how Jesus’ resurrection has changed your life is to #ShareYourStory for #WY1Easter.
Crises Fuel Evangelistic Creativity
“Necessity is the mother of invention,” as the adage goes. That certainly has proven true for Kentucky Baptist Churches that refuse to allow even a global pandemic to keep them from sharing Christ with their communities. The creative innovations of churches, sometimes needing to be adapted multiple times weekly or even daily, is awe-inspiring!
During the first weeks of the coronavirus here in Kentucky, KBC Evangelism Associate Kenny Rager began encouraging people to share their personal testimonies on social media. Many did as a creative way to share Christ while adjusting to #HealthyAtHome. Not only did the North American Mission Board like and comment on Kenny’s post, but they launched a similar initiative for all Southern Baptists.
The Power of Your Story
Johnny Hunt, Senior VP of Evangelism and Leadership at NAMB, is encouraging Christians to record their stories of salvation in brief videos (60 seconds or less) and to post them on social media on Easter Sunday, April 12. A good testimony includes:
You will not be able to cover any of these in depth in under 60 seconds. But a simple video celebrating that my life has been forever changed because Jesus died for my sins and rose again is an inspiring proclamation of the gospel. For help crafting your story or to listen to the amazing stories of others, check out ReachKY.Today.
The Power of Our Story
Travis Farris, pastor of Walnut Memorial Baptist Church in Owensboro, felt God leading His congregation to “flood the internet with stories of transformation.” You can watch Travis’ story here. Farris believes sharing our stories is one way “to ‘be’ the church and bring hope” in a time of crisis.
What could God do if Kentucky Baptists flooded the internet with stories of transformation this Easter? As you post your stories please use the hashtags: #MyStory #ReachKY #WY1Easter.
One final encouragement. In addition to posting your story broadly, consider sharing your story personally. Share it via direct message with your one or ones that you have been praying might come to Christ. Send it with a kind message, “I wanted to share who Jesus is to me because you are important to me. If interested, I’d love to talk more.”
We look forward to celebrating stories of changed lives because Kentucky Baptists were faithful to #ShareYourStory on #WY1Easter.
ROB PATTERSON is evangelism team leader of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.