The idea for this page came to me as I was reflecting on the power of an individual testimony to stir a person. While only the Word of God and the Holy Spirit can bring a person to repentance, a personal testimony may be used by the Holy Spirit as a tool to bring the sinner to his knees.
The Scriptures themselves attest to multiple powerful testimonies of the first believers in Jesus. We read about the first Christian believers, who were eyewitnesses to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. More significantly, we learn about how their lives were changed by the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection and later by the indwelling Holy Spirit. Peter, who was once afraid of losing his life and who denied knowing Jesus, became a bold ambassador for Christ. James, Jesus’ brother, was always the sarcastic skeptic who later became a faithful follower of Christ. Thomas “the doubter” as we know him, needed proof that Jesus was who he claimed to be. Saul, known by his Greek name as Paul – was a religious Pharisee with a zeal to stop the fast spread of Christianity – stopped by Jesus on the road to Damascus, radically changed by the encounter, and later writes the majority of the New Testament Epistles. All of these faithful believers died a martyr’s death – tortured and killed for their faith.
Since then, millions of people have been radically changed by the Gospel. Millions of Christians were martyred for their faith and thousands more are being persecuted worldwide. While the Christians in the West are enjoying relative freedom of religion, scores of Christians in places like Asia, Africa and the Middle East are being imprisoned and killed for their faith in Jesus Christ…
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.…” Hebrews 12:1-2