Personal Testimony

Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.  (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,)  I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilica, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.  And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. 

Acts 22:1-4

In this passage, Paul is talking to a group of Jews.  He is preaching Christ to them, but he starts with a bit of personal introduction and personal testimony, which is a powerful tool in getting the gospel to people.

Can you imagine a complete stranger coming up to you and telling you that everything you know and believe is wrong?  That would be a tough pill to swallow.  But that is the way most witnessing seems to get done.  While there is nothing wrong with finding a stranger and jumping right in with gospel, we would be wise to emulate the apostle Paul in this regard: he introduced himself and used his personal testimony to tell these people about Christ.

Sometimes we don’t witness to others because we are unsure of what to say.  We don’t know if we can explain all of the deeper doctrines of the Bible and we don’t know if we will be able to answer all of the potential questions that might be asked.  But we can start with our name.  We might include where we are from or where we work.  That is an introduction.  We can all do that.  From there, like Paul, all we need to do is give our personal testimony.  We can, again like Paul, tell what we were before we were saved, how we got saved, and what we are now.  That’s not too complex.

Sometimes we make getting the gospel to others more complicated than it really is.  Sometimes all we need to do is share our testimony!

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