Authentic Stories

2013 Austin Stone Worship Conference


In this 12-minute session from the 2013 Austin Stone Worship Conference, Steve Bush explores the human fascination with authentic stories, reminding Christians of the most compelling of all stores—the gospel. Steven is a pastor and storyteller at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX.  He is also a photographer and has recently released his first documentary film, Reason to Bleed.


Why do you think that authentic stories are so much more engaging than those that seem feigned?
Log In to Continue

What kind of story are you telling about yourself? Does what you post to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram give an honest, authentic portrayal of your story?
Log In to Continue

What anxieties/fears do you have about being authentic with your story? Why do you think it is hard to be honest about the "dark side" or our story, our life struggles, with a watching world?
Log In to Continue

Steven noted that Christians possess the greatest story ever told. How are you retelling God's redemptive story in the sermons you preach, the art you create, the songs you write, and the conversations you have?
Log In to Continue


To one extent or another, we are all storytellers. Regardless if you are a musician, artist, filmmaker, or preacher, by trade or not, as a follower of Christ you should be compelled to be as creative and honest as you can be. When you are authentic with your story—when you show how Christ has redeemed and is redeeming your brokenness—you live a compelling narrative with your life, a narrative our broken world desperately needs to hear.


For more resources from Austin Stone Worship and information on upcoming events, visit their website, www.austinstoneworship.com.