Christian Testimony - Christian Daily Devotions - April 21 2007

Power of Your Christian Testimony - Verse of the Day :
Brethren and fathers, hear my defense before your now."
-Acts 22:1

Daily Bible Reading Plan

Morning : Acts 22

Evening : Samuel 16-18

Power of Your Christian Testimony

The word of our testimony is a very powerful spiritual weapon when we engage in soul-winning (Rev. 12:10-11). A faith-filled, well-organized testimony is a very effective destroyer of fear, doubt and apathy. A testimony is especially powerful when it is inspired by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).

Jesus encourages us that the most dire situation may "turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist" (Luke 21:13-15).

Principle #1 in sharing your testimony: Identify and endear yourself to your listener. In Acts 21-22, Paul was brought before a hostile crowd. He didn't try to act religious or be super-spiritual. He simply used wisdom to gain a chance to witness for the Lord.

Paul appealed to the fact that he was a citizen (21:37-39). To win their attention, Paul spoke to the predominantly Jewish crowd in the Hebrew language instead of Greek. By doing that, he identified himself as a fellow Jew and endeared himself to the people (21:40-22:2).

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Principle #2: Don't preach down at others; be persuasive by talking politely to them. Paul didn't preach hard at the people in a condescending tone. Instead, he chose to simply share his personal life testimony (22:3).

Principle #3: Briefly tell how you were like before you received Christ. Paul shared about his past as an ultra-zealous Pharisee, preoccupied with jailing Christians and persecuting many believers to death (22:4-5).

Principle #4: Briefly tell how you received Christ. Paul then shared how he met Jesus on the way to Damascus (22:6-16). All throughout his testimony, he didn't use high-sounding theological jargons, He spoke so simply that even the most hardened sinner could understand him.

Principle #5: Briefly tell how you are like after you accepted Christ (22:17-21).

Notice that all throughout the sharing of his christian testimony, Paul kept it very short and brief. A good christian testimony shoud not last more than five minutes.

Paul used this simple testimony format very effectively to reach out to many sinners--to government officials and even King Agrippa. Agrippa was so moved by his sharing that he told Paul: "You almost persuaded me to become a Christian" (26:28). Learn to be a good witness for Jesus by always being ready to share your christian testimony.

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