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Does the Bible Teach Modern Day Witnessing & Testimonials ?. I. The Denominational Concepts of “Witnessing.” A. Personal Testimony concerning an experience. B. Denomination called “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” Are these ideas and approaches taught in Scripture? .

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does the bible teach modern day witnessing testimonials
Does the Bible Teach Modern Day Witnessing & Testimonials?

I. The Denominational Concepts of “Witnessing.”

A. Personal Testimony concerning an experience.

B. Denomination called “Jehovah’s Witnesses.”

Are these ideas and approaches taught in Scripture?

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Does the Bible Teach Modern Day Witnessing & Testimonials?

II. The Biblical Words for “Witnessing” & “Testifying.”

A. Five main words in NT.

1. Verbs. martureo - “to bear witness, testify” and marturomai - “to call to witness”

2. Nouns. martus - “a witness” [Eng. martyr] marturion and marturia - “testimony, evidence”

B. These are legal terms.

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Does the Bible Teach Modern Day Witnessing & Testimonials?

III. Biblical Teaching on “Witnessing.”

A. The Bible emphasizes the value of a witnesses’ testimony. (Deuteronomy 17:6; Matthew 18:16; I Timothy 5:19; Deuteronomy 19:15 cf. John 8:13).

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Does the Bible Teach Modern Day Witnessing & Testimonials?

III. Biblical Teaching on “Witnessing.”

B. The identity of Jesus was dependent upon the valid testimony of witnesses.

1. John the Baptist was a witness for Jesus. (John 1:7,8; 15; 32-34).

2. Jesus works were a witness. (John 5:36).

3. The Father was a witness. (John 5:37).

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Does the Bible Teach Modern Day Witnessing & Testimonials?

III. Biblical Teaching on “Witnessing.”

C. The Witness of the Holy Spirit & the Apostles.

1. The Holy Spirit would be a witness of who Jesus was. (John 15:26).

2. Those who had been with Jesus would be witnesses. (John 15:27; Luke 24:46-48; Acts 1:22; Acts 2:32; Acts 3:14,15; I Peter 5:1; Acts 22:15; I Corinthians 15:15).

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Does the Bible Teach Modern Day Witnessing & Testimonials?

III. Biblical Teaching on “Witnessing.”

C. The Witness of the Holy Spirit & the Apostles.

3. The witness of the Apostles was also connected with the Holy Spirit coming upon them. (Acts 1:8; 5:32 cf. Hebrews 2:4).

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Does the Bible Teach Modern Day Witnessing & Testimonials?

III. Biblical Teaching on “Witnessing.”

D. The Testimony of Jesus.

1. Bear witness to the truth (Jn 18:37).

2. OT law was called the “Testimony” (Exodus 25:16,21; 32:15; 34:29).

3. The Gospel is the “Witness” or “Testimony” of God in Christ. (Matt 24:14; I Cor. 2:1,2 cf. I Cor. 15:1-4; Rev. 12:17; I John 1:1-4; I John 5:10).

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Does the Bible Teach Modern Day Witnessing & Testimonials?

Should personal experience have a bearing upon our testimony of Jesus to others?

(II Corinthians 4:5)

Doesn’t Paul relate the circumstances of his conversion? (Acts 22 ; Acts 26).

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Does the Bible Teach Modern Day Witnessing & Testimonials?

What is the difference between this and modern day denominational

testimonials?

1. Don’t lead to Biblical plan of salvation -- personal feelings and experience.

2. Don’t claim to bear witness to “the truth” but personal experience with Jesus.

3. The Apostle’s actions were binding examples (Philippians 4:9) our experiences do not provide such examples.

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Does the Bible Teach Modern Day Witnessing & Testimonials?

The value of experience

(II Corinthians 1:4).

This isn’t “testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:10,11).

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