StoneBridge Community Church
UnStuck: Understanding My Story
Interim Senior Pastor Neal Nybo
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Community Church
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • StoneBridge Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 11:59 PM

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Look at the picture above and imagine that when the light turns green, the driver of the car peels out, burning rubber and smoke. What story do you tell yourself about him? How do you feel about the driver of the car?

1. Our stories lead to our emotions which lead to our actions.
Event - Story - Emotion - Action
This is called the path to action. We often think that other people's actions cause our emotions. The reality is, their actions lead us to instantly creating a story which creates our emotions.
Personal Reflection/Growth Group Questions:
1. Think about a time a story about someone popped into your mind that turned out not to be true.
2. What was your immediate response? Why?
3. Knowing what you know now about that story, what might you do differently?
2. Stories are powerful.
Stories have incredible power. Most of us are too young to remember the nation going into a panic because of the radio broadcast of War of the Worlds in 1938. Orson Wells created a play on the radio that took the nation by storm. You can look up the details in the link below.

The point is not that Orson Wells' science fiction story is powerful but that the story people believed about a Martin invasion was powerful.

War Of The Worlds on the History Channel

As many as a million radio listeners believed that a real Martian invasion was underway. Panic broke out across the country. In New Jersey, terrified civilians jammed highways seeking to escape the alien marauders. People begged police for gas masks to save them from the toxic gas and asked electric companies to turn off the power so that the Martians wouldn’t see their lights. One woman ran into an Indianapolis church where evening services were being held and yelled, “New York has been destroyed! It’s the end of the world! Go home and prepare to die!”
A. Instant Stories
Instant stories just happen. A story about why the driver in the car peeled out when the light turned green is an instant story.
B. Engrained Stories
Engrained stories are those that are handed down or hardwired into us from family, media, and culture.
Racism, prejudice, gender bias are very unpleasant examples of engrained stories.
C. Learned Stories
Learned stories are the ones we developed accidentally along the way growing up.

They can seem tame, silly, and inconsequential. But, in reality, learned stories have as much power as any other kind of story.
How to share your story and ask for theirs
1. When I heard (or saw) this (the event), I began to think…. And share my story.
2. I don’t want to believe that if it isn’t true. Would you please tell me your story?
Personal Reflection/Growth Group Questions:
Try using the two steps above with someone in your group about a very easy story.
For example: "Bob, when I saw you walking up to the front door tonight, I began to think, 'Bob must be coming to Growth Group."
I don’t want to believe that if it isn’t true. Would you please tell me your story?
3. Our stories got rebooted at the cross.
When a movie franchise like James Bond gets rebooted, the essence of the series remains the same but everything from the past is forgotten and everything is new from this point on.

Our lives are like that. We are new creations in Christ.
Personal Reflection/Growth Group Questions:
1. What does it mean that we no longer need to be imprisoned by our stories?
2. In what area do you need the most work? Instant stories? Engrained stories? Learned stories? Why?
3. In what way would you like to know that the old has gone, the new is here?
4. Is there an area or story in which you need victory through our Lord Jesus Christ?

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Opportunities include:• Ashlee Manor - helping out with housekeeping, grocery give-away, painting class, and serving lunch• Tradewinds Mobile park - yard clean-up, odd jobs• Samaritan Center - painting, yard work• Letter writing to the troops  and putting together homeless kits at StoneBridge (good for those with children or limited mobility)• For the Troops donation drive (ongoing May 11-26) - looking for socks, chapstick, gently used books and magazines, dried fruit, jerky (no pork), nuts, Q-tips, and candyHave questions or need more information? Contact Carol Webb at 805-578-3516

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will take place on Sunday, June 2nd @ 11:45am. Items of business include, election of new church officers, election of Pastor Nominating Committee, report from the Construction Oversight Committee, and the approval of our Pastors' Terms of Call.

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