Pastor John E. Russell
Senior Pastor
Downriver Christian Community Church
Melvindale, Michigan

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Our Testimonies

Last Sunday, I spoke about the fact that we are all called to be "Witnesses" or "Evangelists" for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We may not feel like Billy Graham on any given day, but that doesn't really matter. Each one of us has a testimony - God's Word tells us exactly that.

1 John 5:10: "Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart."

1 John 5:11-12 goes on to say: “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

What a wonderfully simple message! God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son: "He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

It's so simple that it's almost too easy for many people to believe! Do you know who Jesus is? Would you like to live for all eternity with Him in heaven? Would you like to know Him personally? Would you like to pray and ask Him into your heart?

Simple questions, the simple truth.

But as simple as it is, it is the absolute truth. We can illustrate this truth with a story, the story that we know best - the story of our own lives.

This is our testimony. We have asked Jesus into our hearts, and He has changed our lives both inwardly and outwardly, now and forevermore.

Here is my challenge to you.

Take out a pen and paper or sit at your computer and begin to write out your testimony.
* Write out a little of your past, what you were into, where you were headed, how you felt, what didn't seem right about your life.

* Then write what caused you to begin to search for something better, for God, for a purpose or whatever caused you to eventually end up coming to Christ.

* Next write about the actual event, when you were born again, when you were saved, when you prayed and asked Jesus into your life.

* Finally, write a bit about what has changed since you became a Christian. How has God blessed you, how has He fixed some of those areas that were broken in your life, how has He changed your way of looking at life, etc.

I had a friend who once did this. After working on it and perfecting it and adding a prayer of salvation at the end, he made it into a little tract with his own picture on it and gave it to people he met. He also added the contact information for his church and let people get in touch with him through there.

It always does us good to sort out our thoughts and put them into some type of order. This will help us be able to share our testimonies with much more confidence and, who knows, maybe you'll make your own tract. If you do, please show it to me. I'd love to see it.

God Bless,
Pastor John

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