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Gathering Session #2 || Michelle Anthony

The Power Behind the Story & Storytellers

How we teach and explain the Gospel is really just a story.

Believing in the details of the Gospel isn’t enough. We aren’t selling the Gospel, we’re are telling a story of the Gospel and inviting others into this story. It’s not a speech to memorize, it’s a life we live.

There is an ‘upper story’ that is bigger than the everyday story we see.

John 16:5 “I am going to Him who sent me….but the truth is its better that I go. Another is coming!”

We were never intended to tell the story of the Gospel without the Holy Spirit leading us. NEVER. The spirit of Truth guides us.

Holy Spirit would bring all things together. He is a unifier. Yet we oftentimes stand in opposition to the Holy Spirits purpose. We have to unify ourselves.

“The Church moved into the Entertainment sector, and away from the Holy Spirits leading. Most of our churches can be explained away without ever mentioning the power of the Holy Spirit.” Francis Chan ‘Forgotten God’

We are charged to look different than our sinful culture. Do we?

The trail of following the Holy Spirit will take us somewhere we’ve never been, and it will force into a level of dependence we’ve never been in before.

It’s time to ask our kids to do more than just ‘try harder’, we’ve got to let Christ be formed inside them.

NOTE: Much of this session is covered in much greater detail in Michelle’s new book, Dreaming for More for the Next Generation.

Dr. Michelle Anthony is the Family Ministry Architect at David C Cook. Michelle is the author of The Big God Story, Spiritual Parenting book and DVD curriculum, the co-author of A Theology of Family Ministry. She has over 20 years of practical church ministry/leadership experience as a Children s and Family Pastor and is currently serving as an Ambassador for ROCKHARBOR church.

@truinspiration || www.michelleanthony.org



Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.