April Teaching Ministries

Three Easter Stories

by Dale Fisher

Prior to my teaching at CMTA's end-of-April convention, where my third class was titled "How to Create a Learning Environment in your Church or Organization," I had the opportunity to minister in two other unique ways that I'll share with you. One used modern technology while the other used an ancient method.

The Modern Technology Approach  When I visited Singapore late last year, I consulted with a missionary preparation branch of Campus Crusade for Christ, training Asians to evangelize other parts of Asia as they become cross-cultural missionaries. I was again invited to speak to a new group of trainees this April, as part of their preparation for ministering in another country. This time, instead of traveling to Singapore, I taught the class as I made a Skype Internet video call.

Dale enjoyed teaching the Singapore class, in April, from his home in Redlands, California.

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My two-hour class was titled “Missionary Dilemmas.” We discussed some of the decisions a missionary has to make when living in another culture. The trainees caught the successful methods that a new missionary in a new culture can utilize to make tough decisions that impact their ministry there. Two of these methods are (1) "Ask a veteran missionary who is well loved by both missionaries as well as locals" and (2) "Pray and ask for the truth to come out." Thanks to modern technology, we all had a good time interacting electronically, 8,835 miles apart.

The original Easter story, as told by three of today's storytellers in costume.

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The Ancient Method  On another of my speaking opportunities, I used probably one of the oldest forms of communication: story telling. Every year, the International Friendship Connection ministry of my church holds an Easter party for international university students in our area. A key outreach element in each year's event is the presentation of the Easter story. This year, ministry teammates Jim and Lance and I each told a different Bible story to the 20 or so international students who attended the party. Together, our three presentations provided a powerful message of God’s working through the ages to provide His plan of salvation to those who put their faith and trust in Jesus.

Jim, acting as Abraham, began his portrayal of Genesis 22:1–19 by demonstrating how he nearly sacrificed his only son, Isaac, on the altar, but at the last minute, God provided a sheep to become a sacrifice replacement. Next came Lance, acting as Moses, highlighted the 10 plagues that God used to bring freedom to the Israelites in Egypt (Exodus 7–11). The key parts of this story were the sacrificial lamb that was used for the Passover, and how God spared those who sacrificed the lamb by putting its blood on the door frames of the Israelites' homes.

Dale, playing Apostle John, tells the audience about John's part of the Easter story.

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I presented the third Easter story from the point of view of the disciple John. Early in my soliloquy, I mentioned how I, as Apostle John, had first followed John the Baptist until he saw Jesus and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). At that point, I, John, switched and started following Jesus. I then shared with the students highlights of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ and presented the plan of salvation.

After completing our three Easter story presentations, a Chinese student told us that each story contained new information and he'd have to think them over. Please join me in praying that he and others will come to the right conclusion — and make the right decision — that Jesus is the Lamb of God and that through Him, one can have a personal relationship with God.

 
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" — (John 1:29)
 
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