November 20, 2013
Reference: Acts 22:17-22
Topic: “Are you willing to share your testimony?”
The lesson aim is to encourage believers/saints/Christians to share their testimony with others, especially non-believers. More importantly, church growth is driven by the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:8) The breakdown in communication (the message) can be traced back to the inconsistency of the message. (John 15:25-27; I Corinthians 1:21-24) As disciples we are expected to share our experience with Christ as a witness.
The Apostle Paul is standing before the “council” to plead his case and make a defense to them regarding the accusations/charges brought against him. (Acts 23:7-9a) Paul approaches the matter very delicately and under the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul has exhausted his energy trying to convince the Jews that his assignment was both authentic and bona fide. (Romans 8:28-31; 10:14) Paul feels it necessary to share his testimony about the call of Jesus on his life. He revisits the day he encountered Jesus on the road to
Damascus and confesses that his life prior to
this encounter was that of a persecutor of believers. We must be willing to share the process and
progress of our Christian journey. We
must also hear the voice of God as we step into the ring with
non-believers. The primary role of a
“witness” is to be persecuted because of our connection to Christ. However, there is one concern within the
church that continues to hinder our progress.
Fear is one of the main reasons why the saints don’t share their
testimony with unbelievers.
When was the last time you told your story?