Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Teaching vs. Testimony

http://www.chuanhoesda.org.sg/image/preacher.gifLast week I was invited to recruit staff members at a Coalition for Christian Outreach retreat. If you've never heard of the CCO you owe it to yourself to check them out.  The afternoon seminar started at 1:30 and we were going to be introduced at 3:00.  There was an afternoon presentation for that hour and a half that I was afraid I was going to have to endure.  I supposed it was going to be another didactic teaching about some aspect of our faith.  I was pleasantly surprised. 

During that time, four CCO staff members had a panel discussion about how Jesus had been the author and perfecter of their faith during a very trying time on a local college campus.  They each spoke of His faithfulness and their awe and wonder at just how He is truly all we need.  When 3:00 pm rolled around, I wasn't ready for it to be over.

That has me thinking the past few days about the difference between teaching and testimony.  How effective is teaching in the US Christian realm these days?  How many sit in Sunday School and church every Sunday for an entire lifetime but don't live any more like Jesus than the "heathen" next door?  Perhaps if we spent more time testifying to what God is doing and sharing His work in our lives and the world around us we would see more people coming alive to the news of the gospel.  Maybe that's what Jesus meant when He said that if He was lifted up, He would draw all to Himself...

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