Witnessing to the Good News

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May 7, 2017 by: Kurt Frank | Series: Discovering Our Spiritual Identity | Category: Sunday Scripture: Matthew 5:13–:16 Tags: Jesus, prayer, faith, Forgiveness, peace, anger, evil, relationships, discerning

Kurt Frank shares from Matthew 5:13-16 teaching on the often difficult task of sharing your own personal testimony.  One of the practices that contributes most powerfully to a vibrant life of faith is witnessing. This is not an optional extra in the life of faith, but should be a natural and normal part of our everyday discipleship as followers of Jesus. Sharing Christ with others makes him more real to us, conforms our lives to the example of and command of Jesus, and addresses the deepest needs of our society.

Over the next week, we invite you to sit down with your small group, a friend, family member, or soul-mate, and discuss (or if you are alone, journal about) the following:

1. Describe briefly one person who you consider to be an effective witness for the gospel.

2. What are your feelings about “witnessing”?

3. Where do you find it hardest to be a witness for Jesus Christ?

4. Name one area in which you need to grow to become a more credible gospel witness.

5. What do you think of the following concept: “Jesus’...manner of faith –sharing moved from the nonverbal to the verbal, and so must ours if we desire to follow more closely in his footsteps”?

6. Discuss your testimony questionnaire responses as you are comfortable doing so (see below).

Holy Experiment: Testimony:

Aimed at helping us become more aware of our experience of the Holy One, the completed sentences in the following questionnaire places at our fingertips a few experiences that, if appropriately shared, may benefit someone else. The exercise directions are twofold: write out your answers on a sheet of paper as frankly and spontaneously as you can, then share some of these experiences with a trusted fellow pilgrim.

• I have come to experience God as...

• I seldom, if ever, experience God as...

• I feel more “in touch” with God when...

• One moment in my life when I was most aware of God’s power working in me beyond my limits was...

• For me, Jesus is...

• The most significant difference that Christ has made in my life is...

• I have experienced the Holy Spirit active in my life when...

• What I want most to share with someone about my experience of God is...

• When I am faced with my own personal sinfulness I sense God as...

• What delights me most about God is...

• When I reflect on God’s love for me I am...

• For me, the surest sign of God’s presence in my life is...

When you have completed these sentences, you will have the beginning of your own personal testimony.