It was the first time I had heard anyone publicly recount their salvation experience. I was in middle school at church camp, and it was the last evening before we went home. They called it “testimony night,” as students lined up on stage to give an account of all God had done during the week and throughout their lives. Some who shared had been saved as children; others in more recent years. Some were saved from a sinful lifestyle; others had been raised in a Christian home. But the one thing they all had in common was this – a life before Christ, an encounter with Jesus, and a change that had taken place as a result. The Lord used the testimonies that evening to encourage other believers in their faith and as a spiritual wake up call to those who were far from Him. That evening I came to realize this truth: Sometimes it may be in a large group; many times it’s one-on-one, but our salvation experience is one to be shared. We see this in the Bible as well. Those whose lives were changed by Jesus were compelled to tell others. Following his healing, the man who had once been blind proclaimed, “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see.” After her encounter with Jesus, the Samaritan woman immediately returned to her town saying, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did.” Even when facing death, Paul gave an account for the hope that was in him by sharing his conversion experience. A life truly changed by the Savior cannot be concealed or contained.
On Saturday, February 23 at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall, we will experience something similar as we are led in worship and hear testimonies from women in our church. This event is free and for middle school girls and up. Appetizers will be served and childcare is available by calling the church office by February 20. I hope you make plans to attend. It’s going to be a powerful night!
“Come and hear all you who fear God; let me tell you what He has done for me. I cried out to Him with my mouth; His praise was on my tongue.” Psalm 66:16-17