Living Testimony (Read: John 5:30-47)

By: Pastor Jarren Rogers

I believe in sharing the Gospel with those who’ve yet to encounter it.

We feel the urgency that Christ Himself felt–that all may come to know Him and experience His saving grace.

There are many different methods and sayings that people use. Sometimes it’s a diagram drawn on a napkin used to share the Gospel message or a business card they leave on the table after paying for their meal that says: Jesus Loves You But Do You Love Him?

Some people attempt to confront people on the street, asking them tough questions in order to receive tough answers. Their goal is to get them to come to a place in which they admit their sinful nature and their need for Christ. And maybe that works…maybe it just pushes people away.

I believe there is one evangelistic method that is easy to do and doesn’t require any special classes or preparation. It is a surefire way to let people know about the change that God can have on their life.

Just tell them your testimony.

Many times we feel hesitant to share our faith because we are afraid that we won’t have all the answers. We’re sure that the response will be a harsh one, filled with questions about biblical inconsistencies or Christian hypocrisy. We feel like we have to prepare ourselves with strong answers and retorts to ensure we don’t look like fools.

But in all honesty, I’m not sure that we need to have all the answers. Maybe we need to simply come to a place of humility and honesty. Our evangelistic attempts should begin with, “You know, I have doubts and questions just like you. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have all the answers. But I have had an encounter with Jesus Christ. Let me tell you about it…”

It’s as simple as that.

Our testimony is our best case for the existence of God. I don’t have a systematic argument or irrefutable rebuttals, but simply a story of an encounter with an all-loving, all-powerful God.

But there’s an even greater testimony then simply our story.

“I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me” (John 5:36).

We should take the words of Jesus seriously. Our testimonies are important! Spread them far and wide. Tell everyone who will listen. But, more than that, our lives should be a living testimony to the God we serve.

By the way we act, what we say, what we do–all of it should be an evangelistic tool that the Spirit can use to tell others about Christ.

Your testimony is a great way to tell others about the Gospel, but don’t just tell it…live it!

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