Pastor Shane Ham : The Power of Story

Just Walk Across the Room · 37:45 · Recorded October 9, 2016

The Power of Story

1. Words are powerful!

Proverbs 18:21 (NCV) What you say can mean life or death. Those who speak with care will be rewarded.

Psalm 119:130 (NIV) The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

Proverbs 12:18 (NCV) Careless words stab like a sword, but wise words bring healing.

Proverbs 16:24 (NRSV) Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Proverbs 10:21 (GW) The lips of a righteous person feed many.

Ecclesiastes 9:17 (TLB) The quiet words of a wise man are better than the shout of a king.

Deuteronomy 32:2 (NIV) Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.

2. God has a story. Learn to tell it well!

Colossians 4:6 (NRSV) Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.

3. You have a story. Learn to tell it well!

1 John 1:1-2 (NLT) We proclaim to you…whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us.

Luke 5:12-15 (MSG) One day in one of the villages there was a man covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus he fell down before him in prayer and said, “If you want to, you can cleanse me.” Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, “I want to. Be clean.” Then and there his skin was smooth, the leprosy gone. Jesus instructed him, “Don’t talk about this all over town. Just quietly present your healed self to the priest, along with the offering ordered by Moses. Your cleansed and obedient life, not your words, will bear witness to what I have done.” But the man couldn’t keep it to himself, and the word got out. Soon a large crowd of people had gathered to listen and be healed of their ailments.

1 Corinthians 14:9 (MSG) So if you speak in a way no one can understand, what’s the point of opening your mouth?

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