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Name Of Testimony Meeting

In your church do you hold meetings where members can volunteer (or are asked) to go to the front of the church and give their testimony, stating how they became saved? Have you witnessed others being saved through hearing how someone else was saved?

If so does this meeting have a specific title.

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Rita, thank you for answering. If the gospel is given when they give their testimony, then it is a different matter. I have heard hundreds of testimonies and at no time was the gospel given. Only what God did for them and how He rescued them when they were on drugs or lost their families.
Something else, the gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing. In fact because of the gospel many might even stone the believer for giving it. It brings hate and suffering. Yet, it is the power of God to those who are being saved, those who believe already born of the Spirit. And of course no one knows who they are until you hear their commitment. I gave my opinion on the testimonies, so maybe where you are at it is different. Thanks and blessings.
---Mark_V. on 2/10/14

Mark V I quote you here "Those who hear testimonies of people are not hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Rom. 1:16)."

I am truly saddened that you have ONLY heard testimonies from people who have not (at the same time) taught from the word of God. People giving their testimony (where I am) DO give the Word of God as a part of their testimony - showing HOW they were saved through 'the WORD of God'. Were that not the case I'd agree with you but it IS the case.

ALSO many are truly saved without ever going forward to an alter. That is only ONE way in which it can happen, there are many other scenarios though.
---Rita_H on 2/9/14

Rita, people have being going to the alter to receive Christ without hearing the Testimony of Christ the gospel. Those people cannot possibly be saved.
"How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Rom. 10:14). Those who hear testimonies of people are not hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Rom. 1:16).
Read (Eph. 1:13,14). "And you also were included in Christ when you heard the Word of Truth, the gospel of your salvation, having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promise Holy Spirit..."
---Mark_V. on 2/9/14

I asked in the original question if such meetings have a title in your specific churches. No-one has answered that question so I guess you either don't have such meetings or they do not have a title.

In the Methodist Church in the U.K. such meetings were referred to as Class Meetings. If you Google that title you will find much interesting reading about Class Meetings.

I don't know if the Methodist Churches still have Class Meetings but several churches do give opportunity for people to give their testimonies and I feel that all churches should do so. There is much to be learnt from the 'experiences' of other Christians.
---Rita_H on 2/8/14

I have a testimony. in 2005, I learned I had thyroid cancer. in the month of may, the surgeon took half of it and when pathologist said cancer, in 1 month he took out the other side. I was singing in a trio and we sang at many placed but after surgery I had no voice. I don't know why God took my voice, He knows. for a year I was very sick and could hardly get out of bed. my pastor anointed me with oil and 2 days later, I got the answer. I started taking pig thyroid and I was completely well in 3 days. I still have no voice but that's ok, I feel pretty good.
---shira4368 on 2/3/14

Mark V "People having been going forward many times never hearing the gospel Truth." If by 'having gone forward many times' you are referring to going forward to give their testimony' then they are most certainly saved. If not, they have nothing to tell and it would be pointless to 'go forward'.

I suspect that we are not referring to the same thing at all.
---Rita_H on 2/3/14

Rita, what is a testimony? But the personal experience of the one giving the testimony of what has happened to them. That is not the preaching of the gospel. If it is the preaching of the gospel then it is not a testimony. Preachers preach the gospel in sections, there is no time in one sermon to teach the gospel. People having been going forward many times never hearing the gospel Truth. These people are not saved.
"Knowing beloved brethren, your election by God. For our gospel did not come to you in Word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit with much assurance.." (1 Thess. 1:4,5) The word of God has to come to the person in power and in the Holy Spirit otherwise he is not saved.
---Mark_V. on 2/3/14

Mark V, Many testimonies are not of the kind to which you refer - those who were drug addicts, had served long jail terms, had fathered half the children in town etc. I've heard how such people have come to know Jesus as Saviour but I've also heard of people who (by the power of the Holy Spirit) were changed from being 'a church goer' to being 'a born-again Christian'. Nothing like those dramatic testimonies but telling of a visitation from the Holy Spirit which resulted in them KNOWING that Jesus died to save them from punishment due for sin and accepted the gift He offered. A vague superstition became a true faith - that kind of testimony is worth listening to and brings results because the Holy Spirit is present when this is told.
---Rita_H on 2/2/14

Mark V, the word of God is spoken in many people's testimonies where I am. They don't just stand at the front and tell a nice story !
The Holy Spirit is quite capable of working IN POWER through the person giving their testimony.
When a saved person tells another person (or a group of people) about how they were saved and uses scripture and explains what God can do for others that is hardly any different from people listening to a sermon. People are saved listening to sermons also.
---Rita_H on 2/2/14

Family,all respect years now,testimony serves a purpose. 'amazed a young sister talk openly how she and her family got delivered got them Quit witchcraft,Idolatry. Jer.31:3

Mercy ..God word' Power- 1Jn4:4 Rescue from Satan' evil & change men lives out of violent gangs!
---Lidia4796 on 2/2/14

Rita, I don't disagree in people giving their testimonies. I have heard many myself. From people been drug pushers bringing drugs through the border, to others who were starving and how God helped them. So many different stories. But all they can do is help those who believe in Christ already. Those stories encourage believers about the work God is doing. But they cannot encourage or save anyone who has no faith in Jesus Christ already. You cannot convince someone into salvation, the Word of God has to come to them in power and in the Holy Spirit in order for them to be saved. Faith comes from hearing, but remember, but hearing by the Word of God.
If they get no spiritual hearing, the word means nothing at all, because there is no faith.
---Mark_V. on 2/2/14

\\but where I worship we use scripture and do not add or take away from it.
---Rita_H on 2/1/14\\

Do you use incense in your worship, as Malachi (on the cusp of the Testaments) said the Gentiles would do?

If you don't, you are taking away from the Bible.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/1/14

I can honestly say that I have heard more of God's Word (the bible) whilst listening to the testimonies of others than I have heard from listening to many sermons - some of which are just 'nice talks'. SAD.

Maybe others don't mean the same thing I mean by 'giving one's testimony' but where I worship we use scripture and do not add or take away from it.
---Rita_H on 2/1/14

Rita, you've not yet explained why your church indulges in novelties that you admit are NOWHERE in the Bible.

Please explain why you do these non-Biblical practices.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/1/14

Sis Rita, God has no limits. He can save anyone, any place, any time.
Actually those who believe in free will put limits on God, they say God cannot force His will on them, they say, sinful man has his rights.
But God's grace comes through His Word. People are saved by Grace through faith in the Christ of the Bible. You can disagree, it's ok. But people need to know the Truth of the gospel of Christ, not someone's testimony. His or her lives experience is not the gospel. Christ life and experience is the gospel. The Word has to come to them in power and in the Holy Spirit (1 Thess. 1:4,5).
But you are welcome to disagree, I am ok with that. Many here already disagree with me, and I remain the same, I still love you.
---Mark_V. on 2/1/14

Mark V I disagree with you more than you can possibly imagine. I know very well that God can use the testimonies of other people to ensure that others hear His Word. It depends on what a person says when giving their testimony, and whether it is God lead. If they are very new they know very little scripture, later they can give their testimony in such a way that it is more likely, than the minister's sermon, to lead to the salvation of another person hearing it.

God can use all means to save another. YOU are trying to place limits on God with your arguments here.
---Rita_H on 1/31/14

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Sis. Rita, with all respect to you but no one is saved by hearing someone's personal experience. That is not the gospel. Every single person has personal experiences, Mohammad had personal experiences about God, but it was determine that they were satanic visions.
The gospel truth is only found in Scripture. People are saved by grace through faith in the Word of God who is Christ. And only Scripture has the gospel. Testimonies are great for believers to hear. Unbelievers do not seek after God (Rom. 3:11). They don't love God. They do not understand any spiritual Truth. Only believers understand spiritual truth and what God is doing in their lives.
---Mark_V. on 1/31/14

Rita 2: When a sinner is made spiritually alive by God, he is made alive together with Christ. From that moment on he begins to understand spiritual matters. While he is lost he doesn't understand anything that is spiritual. So when someone gives a testimony, they could take it as fact or not believe it. But the testimony comes from someone's personal experience. Where they were before God came into their lives. And How God changed them. An unbeliever cannot possibly understand the work of God in the testimony the person is giving. He needs to be made alive by God, spiritually alive. All is found in (Eph. 2:1-13).
While he is lost we were by nature children of wrath, just as all others who are lost.
---Mark_V. on 1/31/14

MarkV...Since your church does not do testimonies, how do you know that no one can get saved by them. I know of people who have turned their lives to Jesus when they hear what HE has done in other peoples' lives. This is especially true when someone visits church where their once-heathen friend now attends church.
---KarenD on 1/30/14

Karen D, I also have witnessed people being saved through the very biblical testimony of other people and am living proof that testimonies help a lot.

Providing the testimony glorifies God and teaches that Jesus died for even the vilest of sinners then testimonies are good. Some people believe that they are so BAD that God has written them off and that they are beyond redemption. They need to hear from others who used to think that way about themselves also and now know that is not the case.

Testimonies can, sometimes, do what sermons cannot do.
---Rita_H on 1/30/14

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Cluny, here is what she said after she talked about people giving testimonies,
" Have you witnessed others being saved through hearing how someone else was saved?"
We hear how someone was saved by hearing testimonies of people who were saved. Is that not good enough for you? You are trying to make a mountain out of nothing. Only God can make a mountain out of nothing.
---Mark_V. on 1/29/14

Rita, I don't see anything wrong in believers giving their testimonies to those who are believers already. It only shows what God is doing in their lives and encourages those who are struggling with their faith.
I believe it is wrong to give your testimony here on line, since many here read them and come back to attack you later by using your testimony. They try to find something in your testimony to speak against you. That is because many here are really not saved. It only helps and encourages believers who are struggling in their faith.
Many here assume everyone is saved but are not. That's why I believe it is only good for believers.
---Mark_V. on 1/29/14

\\She happen to imply that people can get saved by a testimony.\\

But that's neither what she said nor what she implied.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/28/14

Scott 1, I never said she was attacking predestination. She happen to imply that people can get saved by a testimony. I just wanted to correct her, that was all. Rita is a great sister and I love almost all of her answers. You are just building division in your mind.
---Mark_V. on 1/28/14

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\\Where do I say in my question that it 'was done' in the New Testament?\\

Why do you do things in church that were never done in the NT?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/28/14

a testimony can awaken the Spirit in a church. We are to pray for each other and bare one another's burdens. We also tell what God has done for us. If the Spirit leads, our pastor will ask for testimony to who ever wants to give one.
---shira4368 on 1/27/14

Cluny - aggressive as ever. Where do I say in my question that it 'was done' in the New Testament?

I asked a question to which you obviously do not have an answer - although a simple "NO" would have been acceptable.
---Rita_H on 1/27/14

Where was this done in the NT, Rita? Can you give bcv, please?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/27/14

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Mark she is not attacking your predestination, but it does help in putting a tangible face to a story for God's revelation to come through to an unbeliever.

Rita - we do have a testimony section in some of our services by our stories team who video tape the story then broadcast during main service, 5 to 6 min.. We also have a shorter version story (1-2 min) before a baptism session told by the baptizer. It is not spur of the point session as you describe but has been very effective.
---Scott1 on 1/27/14

Rita, in my church we do not give out testimonies. Second, I must remind you that no one gets saved by hearing a testimony. Some testimonies are terrible to begin with, what others have been before Christ change their hearts. All have been terrible, we have all sinned against God before God saved us by grace through faith.
---Mark_V. on 1/27/14

We do testimonies during the Sunday evening service (yes we still have Sunday night services). It is always a blessing as many of the youth share their testimonies at this time. It is strictly volunteer. People just stand where they are in the church and give their testimony. Yes, people have come to the Lord through these testimonies.
---KarenD on 1/26/14

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