WHAT IS CHRISTIAN TESTIMONY

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WHAT IS CHRISTIAN TESTIMONY

TEXT: Psalm 18:2, 6, 1 Chronicles 16:8-12, Psalm 145:6-7, Psalm 119:46

CONFESSION: “They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.” (Psalm 145:11-12)

In a few different contexts, the term testimony is used. One common use is when a person is brought into a courtroom and put under oath to tell, certify, or testify to his or her personal knowledge or experience of the case being heard. Linking the word “Christian” to the word “testimony” means narrowing the focus of the testimony, and who can give it. Only a Christian can give a Spiritual testimony, and spiritual in this context is someone who has earned forgiveness from sin by believing only in the redemption by grace and the works of Jesus Christ.

A Christian testimony is given when a person relates how he or she knows God by having a personal relationship with Him through the help of the Holy Spirit in his or her heart. Often, we share how we became Christians and worked through specific events in our lives by God’s divine and miraculous intervention. We can often see that in retrospect, but sharing that experience is vital. Also, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is always a necessity when we give our testimony. However, we can include specific information about how we came to accept Christ as our Savior. The emphasis should be upon Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.

A Christian witness should not end with conversion experience but should also include how the Lord worked in their lives to sanctify them for His service. As an example, a testimony could consist of how God brought us through a difficult time in our lives, such as a loss of someone dear or severe illness, and, through that experience, how our faith in Him grew stronger. We should be able to describe the continuous process that leads, guides, molds, and forms us into mature Christians by the Spirit who now dwells in us. Again, the emphasis should be on the Lord and His faithfulness, and that should include at least one verse of that faithfulness (Psalm 18:2, 6).

Sometimes when one is too worried about evangelizing to people or afraid of saying something wrong and forgetting a few important points, clue needs to be taken from the story of the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well in John 4. She evangelized telling people she just met a guy who knew everything about her. She whets their appetite enough to come and see this man for themselves, and when they did, they knew and believed he was the world’s Savior. The Samaritan woman shared a clear testimony about what she saw and felt. And in Mark 5:19, Jesus said something similar, “… Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”

If you discover something wonderful or a pearl worth a great price, your first response should be to treasure it and be thankful for it. But then your next reaction should be sharing it with others. Joy and peace are to be shared as often as possible.

Here are ten reasons you should share your testimony:

1. Your story is outstanding (even if you think it isn’t)

There was a particular time in your life when you first realized you needed a Savior. When you discover that there was one who could save, you were so happy, you went to Him and repented of your wrongdoings, and believed totally on Him. It could be a memorable day or just a certain amount of time in your life. Think back here. When was that for you?

Were you addicted to drugs or alcohol, and you found a Savior who helped you break free? Have you been severely depressed and found a Savior who has given you hope to continue? Were you in trouble with the law and realized how badly you messed up your life? Have you missed some seemingly wonderful opportunity, but realized that things would work out all right anyway because there’s a God who loves you? Did you notice that you can’t sail through life all on your own and called on the Alpha and Omega? Then you have an outstanding story to tell others who are still living a life of sin.

Your testimony could be violent and militant, or a quiet profession of true faith. All testimony reflects God’s love and grace, as all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.

2. The Word of God asks us, as Christians, to share our hope.

Another reason to share our testimony is that we are manded by God to do it in other to get more from Him. ” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” (1 Peter 3:15-16)

This verse encourages us to worship Christ, the Lord of our life, and always be prepared to gently and politely expound when someone asks about our hope as a faithful person.

3. People love to hear great stories — both believers and non-believers.

A witness is a great story, and we all love stories. We all go to the movies, watch TV, and read books to hear great stories. Stories can give us the experience to emulate. They can show us what people relate to and allow us to see from another person’s point of view.

We are looking forward to seeing people rescued by superheroes. We are happy to see two people meet each other and fall in love. We watch people go to other countries and have different experiences. We even find it interesting to see the adventures of someone else in space or on another planet. Yes, stories help us to see beyond our own little world.

4. Giving testimony disperses fear and gives courage

When we talk about what God has done our life, we also remember all God’s goodness. This gives me more confidence and strength to live in the moment as we remember what he has done for us in the past.

When the children of Israel recalled all that God did when He brought them out of Egypt in the past, they dared to go to the promised land. When Jesus’ disciples reflected on what He had been teaching them, they had the boldness to preach Jesus’ way to more men.

5. Unbelievers are going to have a hard time disputing your story

Sometimes unbelievers do try to argue over the Bible’s facts. Documentaries and hypotheses are created to seek to understand the visible, imaginative Creator. They can create theories that sound believable, but there is no way they can argue about a real-life experience. You either believe it, or you don’t, so you can’t disagree.

Unbelievers might just believe a story that shows a living and active God who cares for people.

6. Creates transparency within the Church

The more frank we are about our past failures, the more people can relate to us. There is a natural inclination to appear as good on the outside as possible so that we avoid past failures deep within us. It is a deception that keeps people at arm’s length to conceal information.

7. You become a source of encouragement to others

Stories about how God worked in your past will help you encourage others who may be going through something similar. They see in you the hope they have so longed for and may feel connected with you. Then you will be able to help them carry their baggage because you have already gone through a similar problem.

Your testimony could be the key to unlocking someone else’s prison. God is using people as His hands and feet.

8. You keep your initial testimony of salvation alive in your mind

The more you testify about your first encounter with Christ, the more you keep that first love alive. Revelation 2 tells us that we can do a good job, have patient endurance, do not tolerate evil, and even suffer for our faith in Christ while still missing something if we have lost our first love. Christ’s love should be our motivation to do good works and to press on with faith. Speaking of our salvation experience often keeps the first love alive. Testifying reminds us of the first time we loved God, and why.

9. By testifying God carries on in you His good work.

As God taught us more and more, beyond our original redemption, we will have other testimonies. As I apply God’s Truth to my life, I will have many more testimonies about Him. A proof that God’s way is the way.

God works every day through us and gradually transforms us into His likeness with the help of the fruit of His Spirit— love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Our full testimony will not end until we have left this earthly life. So, we should share everything — every time we see God working in our life.

Apostle Paul repeats this in Philippians 1:12 when he says that he wants us to understand that everything that has happened to him has helped him spread the Good News.

10. It glorifies the Lord

Our testimony implies that God is greater than our story or experience. Giving our testimony is not all about us. It’s all about God working to glorify Himself in our lives as we tell of His salvation to humankind.

Here’s a warning, though. Make sure your testimony is more than just a story about a life that has changed. Yes, your life has changed for the better, but a person can have a life changed from a personal trainer to a dietitian. A non-believer can have a story about when, despite obstacles, they arrived at a destination.

Christian testimony should focus on that one person who has saved us from our selfish and rebellious way and on the light that helped us see the error of our ways. A Testimony will be termed as a Christian testimony until it includes repentance and a desire to work for God and to see things His way for the rest of your life. This is what glorifies God and causes Him to smile.

Some of the best testimonies are singing and trusting God even when you are in the midst of trials and troubling circumstances.

What God did in the life of the believer is a miracle. We should be ready to share the reason for our hope. The transformed souls cannot remain silent about how good God has been to deliver them and give them a glorious hope.WHAT IS CHRISTIAN TESTIMONY

TEXT: Psalm 18:2, 6, 1 Chronicles 16:8-12, Psalm 145:6-7, Psalm 119:46

CONFESSION: “They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your power, to make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom.” (Psalm 145:11-12)

In a few different contexts, the term testimony is used. One common use is when a person is brought into a courtroom and put under oath to tell, certify, or testify to his or her personal knowledge or experience of the case being heard. Linking the word “Christian” to the word “testimony” means narrowing the focus of the testimony, and who can give it. Only a Christian can give a Spiritual testimony, and a Spiritual in this context is someone who has earned forgiveness from sin by believing only in the redemption by grace and the works of Jesus Christ.

A Christian testimony is given when a person relates how he or she knows God by having a personal relationship with Him through the help of the Holy Spirit in his or her hearts. Most commonly, we share how we became Christians and worked through specific events in our lives by God’s divine and miraculous intervention. Often we can see that in retrospect, but sharing that experience is vital. Also, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is always a necessity when we give our testimony. However, we can include specific information about how we came to accept Christ as our Savior. The emphasis should be upon Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.

A Christian witness should not end with conversion experience but should also include how the Lord worked in their lives to sanctify them for His service. As an example, a testimony could consist of how God brought us through a difficult time in our lives, such as a loss of someone dear or severe illness, and, through that experience, how our faith in Him grew stronger. We should be able to describe the continuous process that leads, guides, molds, and forms us into mature Christians by the Spirit who now dwells in us. Again, the emphasis should be on the Lord and His faithfulness, and that should include at least one verse of that faithfulness (Psalm 18:2, 6).

Sometimes when one is too worried about evangelizing to people or afraid of saying something wrong and forgetting a few important points, clue needs to be taken from the story of the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well in John 4. She evangelized telling people she just met a guy who knew everything about her. She whets their appetite enough to come and see this man for themselves, and when they did, they knew and believed he was the world’s Savior. The Samaritan woman shared a clear testimony about what she saw and felt. And in Mark 5:19, Jesus said something similar, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.”

If you discover something wonderful or a pearl worth a great price, your first response should be to treasure it and be thankful for it. But then your next reaction should be sharing it with others. Joy and peace are to be shared as often as possible.

Here are ten reasons you should share your testimony:

1. Your story is outstanding (even if you think it isn’t)

There was a particular time in your life when you first realized you needed a Savior. When you discover that there was one who could save, you were so happy, you went to Him and repented of your wrongdoings, and believed totally on Him. It could be a memorable day or just a certain amount of time in your life. Think back here. When was that for you?

Were you addicted to drugs or alcohol, and you found a Savior who helped you break free? Have you been severely depressed and found a Savior who has given you hope to continue? Were you in trouble with the law and realized how badly you messed up your life? Have you missed some seemingly wonderful opportunity, but realized that things would work out all right anyway because there’s a God who loves you? Did you notice that you can’t sail through life all on your own and called on the Alpha and Omega? Then you have an outstanding story to tell others who are still living a life of sin.

Your testimony could be violent and militant, or a quiet profession of true faith. All testimony reflects God’s love and grace, as all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.

2. The Word of God asks us, as Christians, to share our hope.

Another reason to share our testimony is that God is telling us to do it. “But in your hearts reverence Christ as the Lord. Be ready always to respond, with gentleness and respect, to everyone who asks you to give the reasons for your hope, so that those who speak evil against your good behavior in the Lord can shame on their calumny.” (1 Peter 3:15-16)

This verse encourages us to worship Christ, the Lord of our life, and always be prepared to gently and politely expound when someone asks about our hope as a faithful person.

3. People love to hear great stories — both believers and non-believers.

A witness is a great story, and we all love stories. We all go to the movies, watch TV, and read books to hear great stories. Stories can give us the experience to emulate. They can show us what people relate to and allow us to see from another person’s point of view.

We are looking forward to seeing people rescued by superheroes. We are happy to see two people meet each other and fall in love. We watch people go to other countries and have different experiences. We even find it interesting to see the adventures of someone else in space or on another planet. Yes, stories help us to see beyond our own little world.

4. Giving testimony disperses fear and gives courage

When we talk about what God has done our life, we also remember all God’s goodness. This gives me more confidence and strength to live in the moment as we remember what he has done for us in the past.

When the children of Israel recalled all that God did when He brought them out of Egypt in the past, they dared to go to the promised land. When Jesus’ disciples reflected on what He had been teaching them, they had the boldness to preach Jesus’ way to more men.

5. Unbelievers are going to have a hard time disputing your story

Sometimes unbelievers do try to argue over the Bible’s facts. Documentaries and hypotheses are created to seek to understand the visible, imaginative Creator. They can create theories that sound believable, but there is no way they can argue about a real-life experience. You either believe it, or you don’t, so you can’t disagree.

Unbelievers might just believe a story that shows a living and active God who cares for people.

6. Creates transparency within the Church

The more frank we are about our past failures, the more people can relate to us. There is a natural inclination to appear as good on the outside as possible so that we avoid past failures deep within us. It is a deception that keeps people at arm’s length to conceal information.

7. You become a source of encouragement to others

Stories about how God worked in your past will help you encourage others who may be going through something similar. They see in you the hope they have so longed for and may feel connected with you. Then you will be able to help them carry their baggage because you have already gone through a similar problem.

Your testimony could be the key to unlocking someone else’s prison. God is using people as His hands and feet.

8. You keep your initial testimony of salvation alive in your mind

The more you testify about your first encounter with Christ, the more you keep that first love alive. Revelation 2 tells us that we can do a good job, have patient endurance, do not tolerate evil, and even suffer for our faith in Christ while still missing something if we have lost our first love. Christ’s love should be our motivation to do good works and to press on with faith. Speaking of our salvation experience often keeps the first love alive. Testifying reminds us of the first time we loved God, and why.

9. By testifying God carries on in you His good work.

As God taught us more and more, beyond our original redemption, we will have other testimonies. As I apply God’s Truth to my life, I will have many more testimonies about Him. A proof that God’s way is the way.

God works every day through us and gradually transforms us into His likeness with the help of the fruit of His Spirit— love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Our full testimony will not end until we have left this earthly life. So, we should share everything — every time we see God working in our life.

Apostle Paul repeats this in Philippians 1:12 when he says that he wants us to understand that everything that has happened to him has helped him spread the Good News.

10. It glorifies the Lord

Our testimony implies that God is greater than our story or experience. Giving our testimony is not all about us. It’s all about God working to glorify Himself in our lives as we tell of His salvation to humankind.

Here’s a warning, though. Make sure your testimony is more than just a story about a life that has changed. Yes, your life has changed for the better, but a person can have a life changed from a personal trainer to a dietitian. A non-believer can have a story about when, despite obstacles, they arrived at a destination.

Christian testimony should focus on that one person who has saved us from our selfish and rebellious way and on the light that helped us see the error of our ways. A Testimony will be termed as a Christian testimony until it includes repentance and a desire to work for God and to see things His way for the rest of your life. This is what glorifies God and causes Him to smile.

Some of the best testimonies are singing and trusting God even when you are in the midst of trials and troubling circumstances.

What God does in the lives of believers is a miracle. We should be ready to share the reason for our hope. The transformed souls cannot remain silent about how good God has been to deliver them and give them a glorious hope.

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