I can remember the moment clearly because I couldn’t wipe the sweat from my palms no matter how far I buried them into my crossed legs. My 70-some teammates and I sat on the floor in imperfect semi-circle shaped rows. We were in New Zealand, on a trip that combined hip hop and evangelism, and I was the awkwardly shy young teen who kept wondering what I had gotten myself into. But in this moment, as we discussed boldly sharing our faith, I spoke up, red-tamale-faced, to put in my two-pennies worth about friendship evangelism.
It was a model I had recently heard about during a youth conference, and it had resonated deep inside me. I have long since lost the notes to ascribe credit for the teaching, but I remember the premise well. There are three stories, each represented with a circle: my story, God’s story, and the story of a new friend I am cultivating a friendship with. When I put my faith in Jesus Christ, God’s story becomes part of my story, just like two circles that overlap. Our stories are interconnected, inseparable. To know me is to know how God’s story flows through and shapes my story. Similarly, as my new friend and I unwrap layers of our stories, inviting each other to know the real us, we not only learn about each other, we write story of our shared experiences. Our circles, too, overlap. The more deeply interconnected my circle becomes with both God’s and my new friend’s, the greater the magnetic pull becomes of my friend’s circle towards God’s circle.
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