Sunday, 6 October 2013

The Power of a Testimony

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Date: Sun, 6 Oct 2013 12:59:24 +0000
Subject: The Power of a Testimony

You are an Evangelist

Scripture: "So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit
in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you
imitated both us and the Lord. As a result, you have become an example
to all the believers in Greece — throughout both Macedonia and
Achaia." (1 Thessalonians 1:6-7).

One Person's Story

One of Jesus' most famous cross-cultural encounters involved a woman
in Samaria. We are not told her name, and so she is known simply as
"The Samaritan Woman" or "The Woman at the Well."

When Jesus asked her for a drink, she must have been shocked. It was
highly improper for men and women to converse in public. Not only
that, but all Samaritans were despised by the Jews for their
idol-worshiping and mixed blood. Jesus reached across both those
divides with His love.

Despite their vast differences, Jesus began to tell her about God's
love and plans. He said to her, "If you only knew the gift God has for
you and Who you are speaking to, you would ask Me, and I would give
you living water" (John 4:10). He explained that "those who worship
[God] must worship in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24), and revealed
to her, "I Am the Messiah!" (John 4:26).

Repenting of Sin

Jesus then challenged the woman about her lifestyle, shameful even by
Samaritan standards: "You don't have a husband — for you have had five
husbands, and you aren't even married to the man you're living with
now." (John 4:17-18). No normal person could have known all this about
her--she realized He was a prophet, and believed His teaching.

God's people had been instructed that sinners should "Repent, and turn
from your sins. Don't let them destroy you!" (Ezekiel 18:30). In
Jesus' day, John the Baptist had been preaching for people to "repent
of your sins and turn to God" (Matthew 3:2).

Many Believed

Jesus's words so excited the woman that she "left her water jar beside
the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, 'Come and see
a man who told me everything I ever did!'" (John 4:28-29). "Many
Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because [of what] the
woman had said" (John 4:39).

In a few minutes' time, the Samaritan Woman had gone from being a
great sinner, to being greatly forgiven. She believed in Jesus not
just as a prophet, but as The Messiah, and was unashamed to tell
everyone she could about Him. Her story -- her testimony -- inspired
her fellow villagers to worship Him too.

What story helped you decide to accept God's Salvation through Jesus
Christ? Has telling your own testimony ever brought someone to a point
of decision?

Prayer, Care and Share Jesus

* The Prayer, Care and Share Jesus (PCS) series is a guide to help you
PRAY and CARE for others and SHARE your faith in Jesus *

"Using Your Testimony"

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:7-9

In the Bible, the Apostle Paul points out how important the testimony
and example of the Thessalonians were to other people. He also says
that our example speaks more loudly than words. As a believer, your
testimony is one of the strongest tools you have for telling others
about Jesus.

People you're sharing the gospel with may disagree with the message.
But as the Samaritan Woman showed, a life radically transformed by God
is compelling, and very hard to argue with.

Here are some suggestions for sharing your testimony:
• Write it out.
• Keep it short (3-5 minutes).
• Practice with friends and family.
• Divide it into sections:
 • Section 1 - How was your life before you met Christ?
 • Section 2 - How did you become a Christian? (you may summarize the
gospel message here)
 • Section 3 - How has your life changed since you accepted Jesus as
your Lord and Savior?

Your story is unique and amazing. God will use your faith stories in
powerful ways to change lives! Let the Holy Spirit work through you.

It might be difficult for you to answer Section 1 of sharing your
testimony. Maybe you accepted Jesus at a very young age and have
always been close to Him. You can share why you love and follow Jesus.
You can also describe an experience where Jesus intervened in your
life and use this point to then share the gospel.

Your PRAY NOW Challenge: "Lord, I pray that You will help me to share
my testimony clearly and powerfully. I praise Your name for how You
brought me into a personal relationship with You. Holy Spirit, speak
to others through me and make me bold to share my story with others,
in the Name of Jesus, Amen."

Tell us how it is going!

Click here <>
to share what changes God is making in your life and how this guide is
helping you.

Just for You

How is God leading you to share your story? Click the link to be
inspired by a Believer's testimony in our My Life series.

Personal Help

Do you need help in learning how to share your testimony so the people
around you can learn about God's Salvation? We have trained followers
of Jesus who can help you figure it out! Click here to share your
story with us. <>
You will hear from someone shortly.

Prayer Points

Will you pray this week that:
• God will use testimonies of believers everywhere to help people know Jesus
• You will allow God's love to cross human boundaries
• God will help you prepare your testimony, making it simple and clear
• God will help you lead others to recognize and repent of their sins
• God will use your testimony to bring others to put their faith in the Lord

GodLife Family

Where can you go online to discuss sharing your story of God's love,
and to get daily encouragement and inspiration? Visit the GodLife
Facebook Page <>
where we can gather daily to share our stories, to express ourselves,
and to pray for one another!

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Kind Regards

Ittai Bryan

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