What proof does my testimony offer?
Updated: Jan 5, 2020
By Jeff Kennedy:
This week’s School lesson is entitled What Proof Does My Testimony Offer. We will be looking at a couple of passages from the book of Acts chapter 26. In the passages we will read the account of Paul offering his defense, to the false accusations by the Jews, to King Agrippa.
In Paul’s account, he describes to the king how he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. He described in detail the experience and then goes on to explain how it changed his life. How God had given him a new purpose, a new mission in life. Where he previously had persecuted and sought to destroy the followers of Jesus, he would now spend the rest of his life contending for the faith that he once despised. He would go on to become the most influential missionary the Lord has ever sent into the world, to spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The key piece of evidence that Paul had in his case to the king, was his changed life. He had gone from a ruthless persecutor, to a champion of the faith. Every aspect of his life was changed. He focused on Christ like no other. His devotion and dedication to sharing the gospel could not be denied. It was Paul’s personal testimony that showed the world that he had been changed by Jesus. For Christians today, we have the same evidence of personal testimony. No proof through books that are read, or evidence that is seen, is as powerful as the personal testimony of a person that has had a life changing experience with Jesus Christ.
When we share a little about how depraved we were before we invited Jesus into our heart as our Lord and Savior, and then share how we have changed, repented from our sinful ways, and now live our lives to serve Jesus, we like Paul, are able to offer that changed life as the primary proof of, not only the existence of Jesus, but also the proof that a relationship with Him is real and life changing.
It is impossible for a person to truly have a personal experience with Jesus Christ, invite Him into their heart and not have a changed life. This changed life is the proof, not only to the world, but also to themselves that they have been saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus.
We invite you to join us a Maranatha this week during our Sunday School hour, for a more in-depth study of this lesson. We look forward to seeing you there and joining us in worship.