Fellowship needs Testimonies...VITALITY is the result
HEATHER’S testimony showcases our VITALITY CHALLENGE in the CHURCH
Years ago I was giving a weekend Witness Breakthrough seminar in New England and I was asked the last day of the 3 day session to give the sermon on Sunday night
Prior to the sermon an attractive young lady in her 20s named Heather came up to me and told me how much she got out of the weekend. I asked her what specifically blessed her. She said, “what you teach about effective witnessing..it isn't 'canned'.” I was blessed beyond words because my emphasis when I train is learning to be compelled by love when we testify so we are not canned!
I then asked her to share her brief testimony with me:
...she was married
...her husband was in the Army
...they were stationed overseas
...he went AWOL
...he was never found
...with little money she got back to the US
...she worked at a 7/11 store
...her manager introduced her to Christ
...she has been very active in her church
I asked her if anyone had ever heard her testimony. No one had heard it at her church even though she had been going there for over 2 years...and she knew her Bible
As I gave my last message at the church from the pulpit I asked Heather if she would briefly share with her church how she came to have faith in Christ. The church members were greatly blessed!!! The sad news is that the Pastor was puzzled why I sacrificed some of my preaching time so people could hear Heather’s testimony!?