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Today’s Life Application Truth-Personal Relationship, Public Witness

February 24th, 2012

JOHN SHIRK – From Colossians 1:28.

The Apostle Paul referred to Christ in this way: “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect.”

The Gospel was the passion and purpose of Paul’s life. The love of Jesus was compelling him into ministry. Just as his life was changed by the grace of Jesus, he wanted others to be influenced by the Gospel.  His goal in proclaiming Christ to others was to persuade them that Jesus is Savior and Lord, and that His grace is a life-saving gift that is available to all who will receive Jesus that way.  He also wanted people to grow up in the faith that shaped their beliefs and behavior, so that they might become mature Christians.

Some people view faith as a private matter. On the one hand, faith is a very personal relationship with God. However, on the other hand, our faith in Christ is designed to go public, so that others might see our good deeds and glorify God. Jesus told His followers, “You will be my witnesses.” This proclamation started in Jerusalem, and continues to spread around the world by those who follow Jesus today.

Being a public witness for Christ is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk


  1. Brian Ziegler
    March 1st, 2012 at 14:47 | #1

    Our churches have become so internally focused that we miss the whole point of “The church”. How can we reach those who don’t know god when we close our doors, draw the shades and hide from our neighbors. This is especially true in inner-city churches attended by folks from the suburbs. I speak from experience. Now we’re trying to break down the walls we built but it can be quite challenging.

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