by Rick White

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The Positive Power of a Personal Testimony (2 of 13)
Series: The Bondage Breaker
Rick White
Galatians 1:11-24

Message Truth: Rom. 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Every believer has a testimony in life that needs to be shared.

1. Anyone who has ever curled up with a great biography knows the limitless inspiration and influence of such reading. There is a uniqueness to the power of the personal story or testimony.
2. I have read some of the biographies of great Christians and world leaders, such as Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Bill Wallace of China, etc. and have been blessed in unusual ways.
3. Most of us find ourselves drawn to the life stories of other people. Just a few weeks ago we all shared in the personal life story of Rick Stanley, the step-brother to Elvis Presley. As Rick told his story most of us drew pictures in our minds based on his words.
4. Much inspiration comes from the autobiographical material of the NT. Certainly such is the case of the life of Paul in the book of Galatians.
Francis Asbury, the first bishop of the Methodist Church in the United States, once prayed at a deacon ordination, "O Lord, grant that these brothers may never want to be like other people."
Paul's enemies pointed to his nonconformity as proof that his message and ministry were not really of God. He does not stand in the apostolic tradition. It is this misrepresentation that Paul answers in this section of Galatians.

Gal. 1:11 For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but {I received it} through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
• Paul is concerned that the origin of his message and ministry be rooted and grounded in Christ.
• Why? The gospel of grace (from God) h ...

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