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My Story - Part 1, The Power of Your Story
Miles McPherson - March 1, 2015

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Imagine that you were acquainted with someone for 2-3 years before you found out he had a wife and children. Wouldn’t it be a little odd if someone took years to even mention the most important people in his life?

Your relationship with Jesus is the most important relationship you have;

Your relationship with Jesus is the most important relationship you have; it is the only relationship that brings you eternal life, heals your relationships, gives you clarity, and transforms your mind and heart. Are there people in your life with whom you never talk about Jesus, even when they are going through hard times and need support? That’s not only odd, it’s sin that breaks God’s heart. After all God has done, can’t we tell others about Him?

The Rock is launching an app next week, called Gospel Central which will allow you to send a testimony to a friend. You can find testimonies relating to all kinds of struggles and experiences with which your friends may relate.

Leading up to Easter, Pastor Miles asked each of us to write down the names of three friends and pray that God would prepare their hearts to hear the gospel.

Lord, please prepare my three friends for the gospel.

  1. 1. ____________________ tag: drugs, prison, rape, cancer, suicide, _______________?
  2. 2. ____________________ tag: drugs, prison, rape, cancer, suicide, _______________?
  3. 3. ____________________ tag: drugs, prison, rape, cancer, suicide, _______________?

Think about your life with God.  What has He done in your life?  How is He working in you right now?  Jesus desires that you tell people about Him (Mark 5:19), and the power of your own true story is something that devil can never take away from you (John 9: 25).

What you need to know about sharing your testimony:

  • We were created to live in a loving relationship with God.
  • Sin made us God’s enemy.
  • Salvation is not information, but entering into a loving relationship with the Person of God.
  • Your testimony or story is your personal account of that journey.

1. Your story reveals and reminds you and others of the power of Christ’s work in your life.

The devil does not want you to be reminded of God’s work in your life.  He wants you to be lukewarm, not spend too much time thinking about your relationship with God, and for you to fade into your old life unchanged.  He wants you to think that any transformation in your life will have to come from your own willpower rather than from God’s power.

So when you share your testimony, you not only demonstrate to others about God’s power, acceptance, love, and forgiveness, you remind yourself and strengthen the power of your testimony in your own life.

2. Your story reveals the source of hope for yourself and others.

A Bible study is what should be.
A testimony is what is!

Our testimonies reveal that our lives were hopeless on our own and that when we didn’t deserve it, Jesus died for us, forgave us, and changed us.   The changed lives we live now are evidence of something that we were not able to do on our own.

People need to know that we can never be nice enough or clean enough to wash away our own sin.  As a trained lion is still a wild animal, a nice person is still a sinner.

3. Your story reminds Satan of your authority over him.

Pray that God would empower you to explain to others how loving and good God is.

God wants the people on your list to be saved.  If we pray for them and share the gospel, people will be saved!  It will be a fight because the devil does not want us to share the gospel, but don’t back down when he brings the battle to you.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”Revelation 12:11

Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil in your life.1 John 3:8

Here is a simple prayer you can pray with someone, a way of saying yes to God as he invites us into a relationship:

Gospel A-B-C’s
Father, I Admit that I am a sinner and that my sin has brought death and destruction into my life, my relationships with people, and my relationship with God.
Romans 3:23, 6:23
I Believe that Jesus died for my sin and that His death paid the penalty for my sin. Romans 5:8
I Confess or agree that Jesus is Lord, that He died and rose from the dead, and is able to forgive me of my sin. Romans 10:9-10
Jesus, I trust that You love me and can hear my prayer. By faith I ask You to please forgive me and fill me with the Holy Spirit. I surrender my life to You.
I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

My Story

This 4-part series challenges us to use our story to encourage people in Jesus' name. In Part 1, Pastor Miles speaks about how sharing our personal testimony is the most powerful thing we can do in leading others to Christ.

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