The Power of Testimony
We have the privilege of carrying & sharing the most powerful message in the world – The Gospel of Jesus.
Each one of us is called & equipped to be a witness for Christ (Acts 1:8).
One of the keys ways we do this is by sharing our testimony.
Your testimony & story of coming to faith in Christ is powerful.
that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Corinthians 1:5-7
The Holy Spirit is our great enabler. He enriches & enhances our communication of Christ & the Gospel.
Abundantly supplying all we need to share our testimony effectively.
The important thing is that we are willing & we are ready to make Christ known.
It is a combination of communicating effectively & passing on knowledge accurately.
Being confident, concise & clear about what we share will always be helpful.
The Apostle Paul provides us with a great 3 strand model for sharing a testimony:
- What we where like before we met Jesus
- What happened to us through encountering Christ
- The difference Jesus has made in our life
This pattern is repeated a number of times in chapters 21 to 26 of the book of Acts.
Paul repeatedly shared his testimony by using these 3 strands to centre his story around.
He combined this with speaking in a manner that connected with & made sense to his audience.
The key connecting points are different with Jews (aspects of the Law & Prophets Acts 21 & 26) & with Gentiles (The Unknown God Acts 17:16-34). He met & conversed with people where people were at (1 Corinthians 9:19-20).
Paul relies on the Spirit to lead & guide & combines this with what he knows about Christianity & what he understands about culture.
Paul holds no shame in admitting what he was like before he met Christ.
He was a passionate, hugely zealous persecutor of the church who happily consented to people being murdered.
He points out how he was rebelling against & rejecting God.
He clearly outlines what his conversion experience was like. The difference God’s grace & forgiveness made.
He points out the when, where & how his life changing encounter with Jesus took place & the difference it made to his life.
He then goes on to highlight the change & transformation that knowing Jesus has brought.
Highlighting the journey with Jesus from death to life.
From someone who caused suffering for the Church & Gospel’s cause he is now someone who is willing to suffer greatly for the Gospel.
Along with a willingness to share his testimony Paul also prays (Acts 26:28-29) that those who hear him will become Christians.
In Paul’s life & ministry we see prayer & action combined to make Christ known.
Our job is to communicate Christ & pray for people to know Jesus.
It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convert people (John 16:5-15). We are the communicators & the Spirit is the one who convicts & converts!
May we be faithful in the task entrusted to us – the job of witnessing.
We are to go & as we go we are to tell & share our testimony.
Our testimony can be the trigger point for somebody to step into their destiny ‘In Christ’.
How awesome is that!
- Think around relevant connecting points for the Gospel in contemporary culture.
- When did I last share my testimony? Who am I praying for to become a Christian?
- Meditate upon the framework of what a testimony consists of.
A song relating to this theme:
Thank you for Your great love for me,
For reaching out to me by sending Christ my Saviour.
Jesus thank you for saving me & bringing me from death to life & life in all it’s abundance.
Holy Spirit strengthen me & embolden me to faithfully witness for Jesus,
Provide me with the words I need & help me to connect the Good News of Christ with people & cultures,
So that more people might come to know the Saviour.
This I ask in, & through, Your mighty Name.
Written by Gareth Jones