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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Witnessing to Know God"

Date published: 11/24/2014
Philemon 6 “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” (NIV) 

   Every follower of Christ is called to preach the good news, yet the vast majority of Christians fall way short in this area. We are commanded in Mark 16:15 to preach the good news, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” (NIV) You would think that being a carrier of good news would make it easy to share with people. One of the reasons I think Christians fall short in this area is the belief that you can be aloof with the gospel message to others with no effect on yourself. This verse casts a different light on witnessing. Your personal growth and relationship with Christ will actually be stunted without sharing the good news with others. Conversely sharing your faith, witnessing, and living out the Christian life results in a greater knowledge and understanding of God’s work in you. 

   You should be motivated to share the good news knowing that it opens the gates of knowledge to more fully realize everything you have in Christ. This moves sharing the good news from far off and unattached to up close and personal. Sharing the good news gives God the opportunity to reveal more of His kingdom. God will show you where He has been alive and active in your life, while making His ministry and purpose more clear. Turning a self-centered Christian walk into a compassionate, caring lifestyle opens you to a greater filling of the Spirit. In Acts 5:42, you see how the disciples passionately shared the good news of Christ, “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.” (NIV) They proclaimed Christ in a hostile environment that threatened their very existence, yet they boldly proclaimed Jesus no matter the consequences. They did this because witnessing is circular. Stepping out in faith gives God the opportunity to speak in and through your life. Allowing God in allows Him to give you a deeper understanding of everything you have in Christ resulting in a greater passion to grow and share Christ.  How exciting to not only know Jesus better, but to also better see His active work in you! 

2 Corinthians 9:12-15 “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.” (NIV) 

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Resources on priorities: Transformation – Part 3 – Lesson 2.