Preached by Rod Benner (00:45)
Rod continues a study in the book of Acts.
Before Jesus ascended to Heaven he told his first disciples that they would be his witness to all the ends of the earth. Today, we have a personal testimony and can be a witness for Jesus when we talk about our experiences with him. Yet, we are not eye witnesses to the life of Jesus. There have been hundreds of people who say they once believed in Jesus, even experienced his presence and power, yet now they do not believe in Christianity, Jesus, or even the existence of God. A personal testimony is powerful, your story of your interactions with Jesus, but the most sure testimony will always come from the people who lived with and walked with Jesus two thousand years ago. Their testimony is preserved in the New Testament.
Jesus expected them to be his witness and in turn he expects the same from us. As you experience Jesus in your life and tell other people about it, always remember that your story points to the real Jesus and not just your personal experience. We are to stand on the eye witnesses of the first century and the writings they produced. Don’t merely trust in their story, but trust in the One whom they witness and testify about. They were witnesses to his life and his resurrection. Their testimony is first about what they saw and heard from him and secondly about their experiences with him.
It’s a common thing to put your faith in your experience or the experience of others. When your faith is in an experience your faith can fail when that experience loses credibility. But when your faith is in the One from whom your experience is derived, then you stand on the solid rock of God and not the sinking sands of experience. Personal experience is valid and faith is not produced without it, but remember that the first disciples, and now you, were a witness to Jesus and not only their experience with him. Put your faith in the Word of God (in Jesus Christ) and live the experiences it creates.
Scripture references: Acts 1:8
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