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Chuck Foreman – Teaching Pastor
Has anyone ever wondered where all those passages are in the New Testament instructing Christians to “share their faith”, “witness”, and be “soul winners” ? I can only think of one that comes close to presenting the idea of Christians giving some kind of overt verbal testimony about their faith. (But I’m not going to tell you where it is. Let me know if you can come up with it.) However, the New Testament record is clear that our Christian ancestors did have a “testimony.” There was something about them that did win the attention and approval of outsiders. It was deeper than and more profound than their verbal message. This is what it was…are you ready?…
It was the life they were living in community together and their love for each other that got the attention of outsiders. Notice how Luke, the historian, describes what he saw happening in Jerusalem in the first century AD: “All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:44-47) It wasn’t so much what they were saying—it was what they were doing, how they were living with each other that moved people on the outside to consider their message and join them in following Jesus.
Jesus himself said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) Have you seen the testimony of your life and your relationship with other Followers of Jesus cause outsiders to consider joining you in following Jesus? Share your experience with us here.