Our topic this week is “Transformative Testimony.” In Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith, Diana Butler Bass talks about several spiritual practices which are helping transform congregations. One of those practices is “testimony, having people talk about their experience of God.” She says,
In many ways testimony is the most democratic—and empowering –of all Christian practices. The entire New Testament is a testimony, a record of experiences that early Christians had with the transformative power of God…Testimony reminds us of where we have been, helps us see where we are, and directs us towards unanticipated paths….Testimony is not a spirituality of arrival…not a formula of salvation, rather it is a way of being, a map to an undiscovered country. And, in telling the stories of our lives, we find we are not alone on the journey. Other pilgrims are on this road, too. Pilgrims have always told stories along the way. And, in those stories we may well hear God ringing in our ears.
In the Manual of The Mother Church, Mary Baker Eddy says, “Testimony in regard to healing the sick is highly important. More than a mere rehearsal of blessings, it scales the pinnacle of praise and illustrates the demonstration of Christ, ‘who healeth all thy diseases.'”
Why is sharing testimonies “highly important” and “empowering”? Can you think of ways to make our testimony meetings more vibrant, more transformative, more relevant to understanding the past, living in the present, and hoping for the future?
How have you experienced God lately? Have you been transformed by church, prayer, or by a life of following Christ? Come and share; we need to hear your testimony, your story! Do you need encouragement on your journey? Come and listen to the stories of fellow pilgrims.
We hope to see you Wednesday night at 7:30 in the Sunday School. Friends and family are welcome!