The United Methodist Book of Discipline (2008) concludes a section titled Our Theological Task (#104, page 85-6) with the following:
A convincing witness to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ can contribute to the renewal of our faith, bring persons to that faith, and strengthen the Church as an agent of healing and reconciliation.
This witness, however, cannot fully describe or encompass the mystery of God. Though we experience the wonder of God’s grace at work with us and among us, and though we know the joy of present signs of God’s kingdom, each new step makes us more aware of the ultimate mystery of god, from which arises a heart of wonder and an attitude of humility…
In this spirit we take up our theological task. We endeavor through the power of the Holy Spirit to understand the love of God given in Jesus Christ. We seek to spread this love abroad. As we see more clearly who we have been, as we understand more fully the needs of the world, as we draw more effectively upon our theological heritage, we will become better equipped to fulfill our calling as the people of God.
Have you ever tried to share your own faith story with someone else? If so, what was it like? What did you learn from the experience? If not, what might it look like for you to try? Where would you begin?