CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 87

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 22:1 “Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense which I make now unto you “

Apostle Paul gave his defense to the Jewish rioters and the Roman. soldiers who were present. His defense was a way of preaching Christ to the people. His message was a testimony of his personal life and conversion.

One powerful way of communicating the gospel is to share your life testimony. Paul on this occasion gave an elaborate account of his life. Giving life testimonies have three main aspects. The first part is the period before one was converted. In this part you talk about the kind of things you used to do. The challenges and difficulties you faced. You can also talk about various ways you tried to get satisfaction and peace. In Paul’s testimony he talked about his life as a zealot Jew, who studied under Gamaliel a very respected Jewish lawyer. He made mention of his zeal in persecuting Christians and the fact that he supervised the stoning of Stephen.

There is a second part of the personal testimony, which majors on the process of conversion. In Paul’s case, he spoke about his encounter with the Lord Jesus who called him and commissioned him to carry his message to those in darkness. He mentioned the blinding effect of the light from heaven. He spoke about Ananias who prayed for him to see. All these were undeniable evidences which are not some psychological state that could be easily explained away.

The final part of the personal testimony is about the effect of conversion. In Paul’s case he talked about the change that resulted. He no longer persecuted the church. He identified with them and started preaching about the grace of God.

You also have a personal encounter with God. So long as you have been converted, you have a personal testimony, share it as often as you can, and many lives will be saved and blessed. If you don’t know how to present the gospel, don’t worry your personal testimony can do a lot.

CONFESSION

The Lord saved me from the grips of sin when I was dead and lost in sin. By his grace I became part of the kingdom of God. Now my life is free from the power of sin. Praise the Lord

FURTHER STUDIES

John 4:29 ” Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?”

Luke 19:8 ” And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.”

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