I first did Living & Telling whilst I was studying at university and it changed my understanding of what it means to share my faith. I discovered that talking to friends about Jesus could even be great fun, but it wasn’t always like that for me…
I had been a follower of Jesus for a couple of years before university but always managed to avoid talking much about him with my friends at college. Doing Living & Telling was such an encouraging and equipping experience. I realised that talking about Jesus with my friends didn’t need to be confrontational or weird; I just had to be willing to trust the Holy Spirit, listen well and talk honestly about my faith.
From the solid base that Living & Telling provided, I was not only able to talk with my friends about Jesus but, with other Christians, I found myself telling people about Jesus as I gave out biscuits outside the student night club in the early hours of the morning.
Every week a group of us spent an hour talking to students we would meet at lunchtime on campus. Far from my expectations that the ground would open up the moment I mentioned Jesus, I discovered that most people actually wanted to talk about Jesus and were up for a conversation. I certainly wasn’t an expert, and I didn’t always know exactly what to say, but this was such an exciting time in my faith journey. My relationship with Jesus grew so much as I put what I learned into practice and stepped out, trusting God would use me.
I am now a youth worker at my local church and have taken young people through Living & Telling. They come alive as they find that they too can talk about their faith with their friends. Living & Telling is an excellent resource that I can wholeheartedly commend to anyone who wants to open up conversations about Jesus. It is accessible, biblical and the beginning of an exciting adventure.
The Living & Telling course is FREE to download at www.livingandtelling.org.uk and is ideal for small groups as well as for larger training events.
by Isaac McNish