Summary: tHIS SERMON TALKS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF TESTIMONY
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HOW IS YOUR SPIRITUAL MEMORY?______________
1. Why is remembering so important? Remembering allow us to give voice to the high point in our lives and to share the low point which allow our brother and sister become an encouragement to us.
Deuteronomy 6:12-15“then beware, lest you forget the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
Deut 32:18. You forgot the God who gave you birth.
Ezek 23:35. So the Lord and King say, "You have forgotten me. You have pushed me behind your back.
Jer. 2:32. My people have forgotten me more days than anyone can count.
Testimonies are a reminder of our own personal experience with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Testimonies are memories of experiences, when the Lord answered our prayers and we saw God’s marvellous hand of provision.
Testimonies allow non Christian to have a picture of God’s Grace working in his Children lives.
Testimonies give us encouragement to face the difficulties of a deeper walk.
Testimonies make us aware of the work of the Holy Spirit in people lives.
Testimonies help us to never forget the Lord.
Testimonies tell of the existence and nature of the one true God.
Testimonies are important because Christianity is never more than one generation away from extinction.
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I want to share with you my first experience attending a men’s retreat. I was brand new Christian. I didn’t know that there was such a thing as a “Christian men’s retreat” and I had no idea what a group of men would do for a whole week-end in the middle of nowhere. I went because the pastor had talked me into going. Most of my life had been working with just men so this was going to be something new. I wasn’t even sure what accepting the Lord would do to my life. Was I nervous about that week-end? Even as we drove to get there I was wondering if maybe I should get out of the car and hitchhike back home. I remember thinking either I’m crazy or accepting Jesus Christ has done something strange to my mind.
We arrived on a Friday evening and we were given a cabin to stay in and then we were told that we were just in time for the first service. Now I need to let you know that I went to church as a child. The church I went to as a child we different. We weren’t allowed to stay in the service if it was Communion Sunday you could speak or even look around once the service started. When I went to that men’s retreat I was going to see church in a whole new way. I can honestly say that I never experience anything in church like what I experience that weekend. They began to sing chorus that all talked about loving, worshiping or serving Jesus. I want you to know it is something just to listen to over 100 men sing about the Lord. I was really just starting to enjoy myself when I almost jumped out of my shoes as men began to stand up and tell about their life struggles and how the Lord Jesus Christ turned the situation around and gave them victory. I just listen but then I notice that it seen as if it was following a pattern and I was going to be next. Right about then I began to wonder if maybe I should go to the bathroom. As I think about that weekend I can still hear the testimonies, I can still hear the words of praises that came from those men. I want you to know that I was completely shocked and completely changed by that weekend. The thing that I remember the most was coming home and going to church that Sunday evening and actually looking forward to testifying. What I didn’t know was that Sunday evening the Holy Spirit was going to do a work in my life.
As I stand before you today I can remember a lot of time when the lord’s Holy Spirit worked in my life and a lot of those time I can look back and see that someone testimony had an effect upon my life. I remember the night that I first met the Lord. I remember many trips that I have taken to meet the Lord at an Altar.
HOW IS YOUR SPIRITUAL MEMORY?
A husband and wife were having problems remembering things, so they decided to go to their doctor to get checked out to make sure nothing was wrong. The doctor explained that when you get too many things on your mind, you will have problems with your memory. He suggested that they might want to start making notes to help them remember things. They thanked the doctor and left. Later that night while watching TV, the man got up from his chair & started toward the kitchen. His wife asked, "Where are you going?" He told her to the kitchen. She asked, "Will you get me a bowl of ice cream while you are there?" He said, "Sure." She asked, "Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it?" He said, "No, I can remember that." She said, "I would also like some strawberries on top. You had better write that down because I know you’ll forget." He assured her that he wouldn’t. But she said, "Well I also want some whipped cream on top. I know you will forget that so you better write it down." He was obvious irritated but he managed to say rather nicely, "I don’t need to write that down I can remember that." About 20 minutes later he returns with a plate of bacon and eggs. She stares at it for a moment and then says, "I knew you were going to mess it up - You forgot my toast." We all forget things, but we must take some precautions, or we will miss what God has done for us.