1 Peter 3:15 - Sharing Jesus.

1 Peter 3:15 (KJV) But sanctify the Lord God 
in your hearts: and be ready always to give an 
answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the 
hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 

1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) But in your hearts set 
apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give 
an answer to everyone who asks you to give the 
reason for the hope that you have. But do this with 
gentleness and respect, 

1 Peter 3:15 (AMP) But in your hearts set 
Christ apart as holy [and acknowledge Him] as Lord. 
 Always be ready to give a logical defense to 
any one who asks you to account for the hope 
that is in you, but do it courteously and 

1 Peter 3:15 (CWR) Continue to give the Lord 
Jesus Christ the most honored place in your life. 
Then you'll be ready to give an answer to people 
when they ask about this hope bubbling up inside 
of you. Don't be afraid to tell them who gives 
you this hope, but do so with gentleness and 


Sharing Your Testimony
   A time-honored, effective method of 
evangelism is your personal testimony. Just telling 
about your spiritual pilgrimage. The skeptic may 
deny your doctrine or attack your church, but he 
cannot honestly ignore the fact that your life has 
been cleaned up and revolutionized. 
   Now I'm not talking about some stale, 
dragged-out verbal marathon. That kind of testimony 
never attracted anyone! I'm speaking of an 
effective, powerful missile launched from your lips to 
the ears of the unsaved. Consider these five 
   1. You want to be listened to, so be 
interesting. It's a contradiction to talk about how 
exciting Christ really is in an uninteresting way. 
Remember to guard against religious clichs, jargon, 
and hard-to-understand terminology. Theologians, 
   2. You want to be understood, so be 
logical. Think of your salvation in three phases and 
construct your testimony accordingly: (a) before you 
were born again - the struggles within, the 
loneliness, lack of peace, absence of love, unrest, and 
fears; (b) the decision that revolutionized your 
life; and (c) the change - the difference it has 
made since you received Christ. 
   3. You want the moment of your new birth 
to be clear, so be specific. Don't be vague. 
Speak of Christ, not the church. Emphasize faith 
more than feeling. Be simple and direct as you 
describe what you did or what you prayed or what you 
said. This is crucial! 
   4. You want your testimony to be used, so 
be practical. Be human and honest as you talk. 
Don't promise, "All your problems will end if you 
will become a Christian," for that isn't true. 
Try to think as unbelievers think. 
   5. You want your testimony to produce 
results, so be warm and genuine. A smile breaks down 
more barriers than the hammer blows of cold, hard 
facts. Let your enthusiasm flow freely. It's hard 
to convince someone of the sheer joy and 
excitement of knowing Christ if you're wearing a face 
like a jail warden. Above all, be positive and 
courteous. Absolutely refuse to argue. Nobody I ever 
met was "arm wrestled" into the kingdom. Insults 
and put-downs turn people off. 
   Ask God to open your lips and honor your 
words  but be careful! Once your missile hits 
the target, you'll become totally dissatisfied 
with your former life as an earthbound, 
secret-service saint. 
   No persuasive technique will ever take 
the place of your personal testimony. If you 
have not discovered the value of telling others 
how God rearranged your life, you've missed a 
vital link in the chain of His plan for reaching 
the lost. [Chuck Swindoll www.insight.org.] 


   Every believer has a story. Never doubt 
it! It may not seem dramatic. It may not raise 
goose bumps on a thousand arms. It may never be 
the subject of a book or movie. But we have all 
experienced rescue on a grand scale. God "has rescued us 
from the dominion of darkness and brought us into 
the kingdom of the Son he loves." God has saved 
us from a lifetime of futility and given us 
purpose, a destiny, and a reason to get up in the 
   You may not realize it, but people love 
to hear that personal account. It's the story 
of redemption played out in each of our lives 
when we tell others how Christ has sustained us 
through the toughest of times. Keep telling your 
story. Don't ever stop. Even those who know it need 
to hear it again. 
   Lord, I'm truly stunned - sometimes 
overwhelmed - to think how You have used my story 
through the years. You have even taken the dark 
parts and low moments and somehow woven them into 
a story of hope, light, and promise in Your 
name. Please use my story as long as I live to 
show Your love and power to others. [A Spectacle 
of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada and Larry Libby 
re Col. 1:13] 


   A revival can begin with one sermon. 
History proves it. John Egglen had never preached a 
sermon in his life. Never. 
   Wasnt that he didnt want to, just 
never needed to. But then one morning he did. The 
snow left his town of Colchester, England, buried 
in white. When he awoke on that January Sunday 
in 1850, he thought of staying home. Who would 
go to church in such weather? 
   But he reconsidered. He was, after all, a 
deacon. And if the deacons didnt go, who would? 
So he put on his boots, hat, and coat and 
walked the six miles to the Methodist Church. 
   He wasnt the only member who 
considered staying home. In fact, he was one of the few 
who came. Twelve members and one visitor. Even 
the minister was snowed in. Someone suggested 
they go home. Egglen would hear none of that. 
Theyd come this far; they would have a service. 
Besides, they had a visitor. A thirteen-year-old 
   But who would preach? Egglen was the only 
deacon. It fell to him. 
   And so he did. His sermon lasted only ten 
minutes. It drifted and wandered and made no point in 
an effort to make several. But at the end, an 
uncharacteristic courage settled upon the man. He lifted his 
eyes and looked straight at the boy and 
challenged: Young man, look to Jesus. Look! Look! 
   Did the challenge make a difference? Let 
the boy, now a man, answer. I did look, and 
then and there the cloud on my heart lifted, the 
darkness rolled away, and at that moment I saw the 
   The boys name? Charles Haddon 
Spurgeon. Englands prince of preachers. 
   Did Egglen know what hed done? No. Do 
heroes know when they are heroic? Rarely. Are 
historic moments acknowledged when they happen? 
   You know the answer to that one. (If not, 
a visit to the manger will remind you.) We 
seldom see history in the making, and we seldom 
recognize heroes. 
   But wed do well to keep our eyes open. 
Tomorrows Spurgeon might be mowing your lawn. And the 
hero who inspires him might be nearer than you 
   He might be in your mirror. [Max Lucado 
Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com] 


   Anika was our German shuttle bus driver 
who carted us and our luggage from the Munich 
airport to our hotel. As we pulled away from the 
curbside, I said, "Anika, we're going to pray here in 
the back seat. But you're driving, so don't 
close your eyes!" The look she gave us in the 
rearview mirror said it all: You people are odd. We 
were wonderful examples of 1 Peter 2:9, "...a 
peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the 
praises of him who hath called you out of darkness 
into his marvelous light" (KJV). 
   But it's the odd things that stick in 
your mind. And sometimes your heart. The next 
morning when Anika loaded us up to take us back to 
the airport, she thanked us after we prayed out 
loud for her (we also interceded for her live-in 
boyfriend, as well as her parents, whom she hadn't seen 
for years). When we said goodbye, she commented 
with wet eyes, "I like you people. There's 
something about you that makes me happy. I wish I 
could go with you." 
   "You can," I said. "One of these days 
we're going to lift off, and we'll go higher than 
any airplane could ever take us. It's all about 
following Christ." Anika smiled. We were one more 
stepping stone in her long journey which, I'm 
convinced, will land her in heaven. 
   Sometimes evangelism doesn't mean 
delivering the whole Gospel message at a curbside and 
asking for a response before the light turns green. 
Everything we say or do that moves an individual one 
step closer to Jesus and salvation is evangelism. 
And allowing our joy in Christ to just spill 
over and splash on others is as powerful a 
witness as a three-point sermon. 
   Holy Spirit, fill me with your joy today 
as I walk in your presence and lean on your 
strength. I pray for the opportunity to move at least 
one person at least one step closer to heaven. 
[Joni Eareckson Tada Daily Devotional: 
http://www.joniandfriends.org/daily-devotional re Acts 16:25] 


If the love of God flows through us, we will 
find ourselves sharing that love with those 
around us, for God is love, and that love is bigger 
than its container, the Christian, so it must 
overflow.  Al Bryant [Time with God SB] 


Turning Your Story into Hisstory by 
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If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred