Summary: There are two types of testimonies coming from the church today - they are either Self-centered or God-centered.
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Testimony by Mark Doiron
Thesis: There are two types of testimonies coming from the church today - they are either Self-centered or God-centered.
Scripture Text: Acts 22:1-30:
The Holy Bible, New International Version. Pradis CD-ROM: Ac 22:1-30.
Ac 22:1 “Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense.”
Ac 22:2 When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic, they became very quiet. Then Paul said:
Ac 22:3 “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. Under Gamaliel I was thoroughly trained in the law of our fathers and was just as zealous for God as any of you are today.
Ac 22:4 I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison,
Ac 22:5 as also the high priest and all the Council can testify. I even obtained letters from them to their brothers in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished.
Ac 22:6 “About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me.
Ac 22:7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’
Ac 22:8 “ ‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked. “ ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied.
Ac 22:9 My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.
Ac 22:10 “ ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked. “ ‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.’
Ac 22:11 My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.
Ac 22:12 “A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there.
Ac 22:13 He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him.
Ac 22:14 “Then he said: ‘The God of our fathers has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth.
Ac 22:15 You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.
Ac 22:16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’
Ac 22:17 “When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance
Ac 22:18 and saw the Lord speaking. ‘Quick!’ he said to me. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’
Ac 22:19 “ ‘Lord,’ I replied, ‘these men know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you.
Ac 22:20 And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’
Ac 22:21 “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ ”
Paul the Roman Citizen
Ac 22:22 The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted, “Rid the earth of him! He’s not fit to live!”