(page 14 of Standard Edition)
Winsome Witnesses: The Power
of Personal Testimony
Read for This Week’s Study: Mark 5:15–20, Mark 16:1–11,
Acts 4:1–20, 1 John 1:1–3, Gal. 2:20, Acts 26:1–32.
Memory Text: “ ‘For we cannot but speak the things which we have
seen and heard’ ” (Acts 4:20, NKJV).
here is unusual power in a personal testimony. When our hearts
are warmed by Christ’s love and we are changed by His grace,
we have something significant to say about Him. It is one thing
to share what Jesus has done for someone else. It is quite another to
share what He has done for us personally.
It is difficult to argue against personal experience. People may debate
your theology or your interpretation of a text or even scoff at religion in
general. But when an individual can say, “I once was hopeless but now
have hope; I was filled with guilt but now have peace; I was purpose-
less but now have purpose,” even skeptics are impacted by the power
of the gospel.
Although some people may experience sudden, dramatic conversions
like the apostle Paul’s on the Damascus Road, more often conversion
occurs as a person has a growing recognition of the preciousness of
Jesus, a deep appreciation for His amazing grace, and a supreme sense
of gratitude for the salvation He freely offers. Christ radically refocuses
our lives. It is this witness that the world so desperately needs and longs
- Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, July 11.