Summary: How can we share our Christian testimony? John the Baptist shows us to keep answering 4 questions.
Turning Our Talk to Jesus
Sermon by Rick Crandall
McClendon Baptist Church - Feb. 15, 2009
*Do you have a testimony?
1 John 5:9-12 says:
9. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.
10. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.
11. And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
12. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
*When you believe God’s testimony about His Son Jesus Christ, He gives you a testimony! And He wants you to share it. How can we do that? How can we turn our talk to Jesus? John the Baptist shows us to keep answering 4 questions.
1. The first question for you to answer is this: Who are you?
*Vs. 19 says, This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?’’
*In vs. 20-23, John answered honestly and humbly. He spoke in a way that gave glory to God. And he told them about his God-given responsibility to speak out about the coming Messiah. John found a way to turn the conversation to Jesus.
*But what a great question we see in both vs. 19&22: “Who are you?” There are many ways you could answer that question: I am a husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, sister, brother, friend. I am a student, retiree, doctor, policeman, nurse, teacher, stay-at-home mom, lawyer, truck-driver, mill-worker, salesman.
*Who are you? That question goes to a whole new dimension when you put your trust in Jesus Christ.
*Who am I? In Christ I am:
-Justified (Rom 5:1)
-A child of God (Rom 8:16)
-Forgiven (Col 1:13, 14)
-Sanctified (1 Cor 6:17)
-A New Creation (2 Cor 5:17)
-More than a conqueror (Rom 8:37)
-Saved by grace through faith (Eph 2:8)
-A laborer together with God (1 Cor 3:9)
-An inheritor of eternal life (1 John 5:11-12)
-Getting all my needs met by Jesus (Phil 4:19)
-Being transformed by the renewing of my mind (Rom 12:1-2)
-Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb (1 Peter 1:18-19)
-And much, much more!
*Who are you? Lula Day’s Mother was Mrs. Jo Bayles. She passed away in 1986. Mrs. Bayles’ health had been going down a long time. And though she had been a devoted Christian for many years, she was somewhat afraid to die. But a few days before she died, Mrs. Bayles had a dream. She was part of a great multitude in Heaven before the judgment seat of God. Jesus was on the throne.
*As she stood in the crowd, Mrs. Bayles trembled, wondering what would happen. -- Then Jesus pointed His finger at her, and said, “You are mine.” After that dream, she was never again afraid to die. What a relief! What a joy to hear Jesus say: “You are mine.”
*Mark Hall of Casting Crowns expressed this great truth in one of the best Christian songs of the last 10 years:
Who am I?
That the Lord of all the earth,
Would care to know my name,