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Experiencing Christ (4 of 4)
If you are ever called to be a witness and testify in court you are to tell the truth and nothing but the truth. First, you must speak from your own experience, not what someone else said. Second, it is your duty to testify to the truth. Third, you must tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Fourth, your personal testimony makes a difference so justice can be done.
Our word witness comes from the old Anglo Saxton word to know. A witness is someone who tells what they have seen or hear. They can provide personal testimony to some event which has happened. They can say they have first-hand knowledge of what took place.
Christian witnessing is sharing the good news that God sent his Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins so that we could be forgiven. D.T. Niles an evangelist from Sri Lanka said, ''Evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.''
The shepherd's lives are changed forever by their encounter first with the angels and then when they visit Christ in the manger. The Christmas carol O Little Town of Bethlehem explains how our hearts and lives are changed in verse 3 when we believe; How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given! So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven.
The gift of salvation from our sins is given individually to each person as they believe Jesus Christ came to be their Savior. Salvation from sin is not universal, but personal. Only those who accept Christ as their Savior are given forgiveness.
PERSONAL WITNESS :17-18 Shared their experience :17 The shepherds are so excited about what they have heard and seen that they tell others about their experience. Their natural reaction was to tell others about their wonderful life-changing experience. Their promised Messiah and Savior had been born. The promises of God were being fulfilled before their eyes. The people of Israel had been waiting for hu ...
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