by Ernest Easley

The Power of a Personal Testimony
Series: Back to the Basics
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Acts 21-22
November 30, 2008

We have been learning this year from the book of Acts how God wants us as believers and as a church to get back to the basics. The farther we have gotten from the 1st century church in TIME .. the farther we've gotten from the 1st century church in KIND. And this year has been devoted to our getting back to the basics of what it means to be a Christian and the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now as we come to chapters 21-22 .. we're going to find here that a part of our getting back to the basics involves our personal testimony. Eery Christian has a personal testimony. If you're saved you have a testimony.
I sometimes hear believers say, "Well .. there's nothing real special about my testimony. I grew up in a Christian home. My parents had us in Sunday School and Worship. I prayed to receive Jesus when I was 10 years old. I never did drugs. I never drank. I didn't have pre-marital sex. You see .. I have a rather boring testimony. Who wants to hear a testimony like mine?" There are many people who need to hear a testimony like yours!
I've got news for you. You friend have a WONDERFUL testimony! Don't think that you have to be saved out of drugs, sex and alcohol to have a good testimony. Frankly ... if you got saved early and bypassed a bunch of junk that scars you for life .. your testimony is the kind of testimony that needs to be told.
Really .. to share Jesus effectively you need to tell two stories. First, your story .. what Jesus has done for you. One of my favorite hymns is Blessed Assurance. Do you remember the chorus? "This is My story, this is My song." I have my own story with Jesus. My story isn't like your story and your story is not like my story. But every believer has their own story .. their own song.
So .. to share Jesus effectively you need to tell your story Second, you need to tell His story .. ...

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