You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday Tuesday After Sunday, June 1, 2014: Sharing Jesus with Your Friends: Listen HERE.

by Andrew Kelley

I pulled up to my best friend’s farm just to say hi and maybe talk a bit about things we were both very much into like cars and grown-boy stuff. We were both about the same age of 18 at this particular time. He spotted me pull up in my red Dodge ram and walked up to greet me. We talked about grown boy stuff for a few minutes, but then I recognized the Holy Spirit turning the conversation toward sharing my faith. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to; I was at a time in my spiritual walk with God where I was growing and really into what God wanted. However, at the same time I was very shy and not bold at all with my faith. He was my best friend, though, and God was an even greater best friend.

“Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say.  For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” Luke 12:11-12 NKJV

This verse had already been on my heart, and I was waiting for that God-given moment when what He said would happen. That day I didn’t speak; rather, it was the Holy Spirit speaking through me, and we talked for almost an hour while my truck was running. In the end, I felt as though I was on top of the world. And — I looked at my gas gauge and saw it did not even move!

Throughout the last 16 or so years, I have come to realize I have a specific gift when it comes to witnessing to those who don’t know Christ, and I’ve found my groove. While I am still learning, I am definitely using my testimony and my own personal experiences when I share my faith, just like the testimonial style Pastor Bryan mentioned this past Sunday.

I have recently been a little more theological and have been seeking out hardcore evidence that backs up our faith. It strengthens my personal faith, and l love details. I love sharing details as well. Our testimonies are so powerful, demonstrated  as we listened to Charles Best; we can surely see God’s mighty hand and His grace!

I used to think my own testimony lacked the awesome redemptive climax that some testimonies had. I thought because I have never done drugs, never gotten drunk or never been in jail, my testimony was not good enough. God taught me, though, that my own story was perfect for other people like me — ones who had never done drugs, never gotten drunk or had never been in jail. And also a person like me who was young age, and who has struggled with pornography for the majority of his life.

How about you?

Who can you reach through the way God has made you?

When we realize our own testimony has power, when we realize God has wired us to share his good news in ways unique to how He created us and fitting for how He created others, we gain some boldness!

And then we can say with courage and boldness, “God let me see Luke 12:12 come to life!”

Andrew and Dawn

Andrew Kelley is husband to Dawn and father to four wonderful children; he and his family currently call Immanuel and Zion home. 

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