How did you come to believe in God?
How did you learn that you were a sinner in need of salvation and know that Jesus Christ died to redeem you?
Chances are, someone, or even several or many people, demonstrated God’s love and shared the Gospel with you, speaking the Truth in love.
It boggles my mind that my acceptance of salvation is a direct result of the testimony of men and women who lived when Jesus walked in human form on earth, when He was crucified and resurrected.
They told others what they saw, and what they had heard Jesus say. What if they hadn’t?
Within each generation, and from one generation to the next, faithful men and women lived, spoke, and wrote down the Gospel. From Jesus’ contemporaries straight down through the centuries to me, to you, to each believer alive, through those who came before.
It’s our responsibility to share what we were blessed to receive.
It’s a blessed responsibility.
What if the first believers were selfish with the Good News? At first, they were, at least when it came to welcoming non-Jews into fellowship. But they soon learned that salvation was not just for Jews and those who took on various requirements of the Law they believed stood, but for all people.
What if the first followers of the Way had been too afraid to preach in the face of persecution? What is they hadn’t kept sharing the Good News when they were forced out to new lands?
What if we’re too selfish or frightened?
Our July Theme
Our July theme for Listen When He Speaks is TESTIMONY.
Our suggested memory passage is John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
The footnote for verse 5 in the NASB is that the word translated comprehend, can also be translated overpower.
Receive, Remember, Rejoice, Relay
An important them of the Old Testament is remembering. The Psalms, and songs written down elsewhere, tell of God’s faithfulness. They were composed and sung to remind the people of God’s faithfulness in the past, so they would remember to trust Him in the present, and for the future.
The need to remember, and the need to trust haven’t changed. What has changed is the fulfillment of God’s promise to send a Messiah, Savior, Christ.
What has your relationship with God through Jesus Christ meant to you? How has your life been transformed, and how is He working in your life, heart, and mind?
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