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Witnessing Our Faith

1 Timothy 4:12

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

Today I wanted to write about setting an witnessing our faith. Witnessing our faith is not about the words we say but the life we live. Actions often speak louder than words – you’ve heard that before – right?

Timothy was a young pastor – a product of Paul’s ministry. Paul was writing to him and those Timothy was leading to give him encouragement and teaching. Part of what Paul wrote we are using as our base passage in this morning’s devotional.

As Paul was telling Timothy to not let anyone look down on you because you are young – he also encouraged him to be a good witness. Think about these words for a moment this morning – set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. How do these words speak to us this morning?

While Timothy – a pastor – was being asked to set an example for the believers he led – we also might hear these words. How does our witness for Jesus impact others? How do non-believers see our witness? Are there holes in our witness for Jesus? When we let someone at work know that we are a believer – a follower of Christ – that will automatically put us in an aquarium of sorts. That person – and others – will begin to watch us to see if our faith is real – if it makes a difference in how we face life – if we act on what we say we believe (we need to avoid the old parent trap of do as I say, not as I do).

I witnessed to a friend this week – by simply inviting him and his wife to worship with us at First Church. I asked if he was attending worship anywhere – and if not – why not consider attending at First Church – because we have a great church family. Witnessing doesn’t have to be heavy-handed – just regular and consistent. Our daily walk means so much – so as we invite others they will see Jesus in us – in our lives – set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

How about taking up a challenge this fall? How about inviting one person or family to worship with you for each month of the fall – September – October – November? This could be a powerful witness to our community. Also – how about logging in on Facebook each time you come to church? If we did this – just think of all the friends that will see that we worship God. These seem to be two great ways to witness! Who is with me?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

September 7, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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