Dear Grace Baptist Church Family,
In the years gone by and to this day many businesses grew and flourished by “word of mouth” advertising. If an individual or small business did good or excellent work, then word would spread. When people had a good experience with a retailer, they would tell others and recommend the place of service. I had that experience in the past with a few businesses such as an excellent mechanic that I would recommend to anyone. I was always satisfied, I never felt cheated and I trusted their work and ethics. I wanted others to have the same experience that I had.
Of course, social media in our day can make or destroy businesses. Just look at what happened with the incident with United Airlines recently. The power of social media is beyond comprehension in our culture. And it will not go away.
I think this also applies to our lives as believers in several ways, not the least of which is related to sharing the gospel with others. Witnessing is the “word of mouth” testimony to others about what Christ has done for me and what He will do for others. And I do not mean any form of “health, wealth, prosperity gospel” where Jesus will give you everything you want if you have enough faith. I mean that Jesus Christ radically changes our lives and the gift of eternal life that we as believers have is something we should want every other person to have. We want to tell others. When you have gone from death to life, from fear to faith, from worldliness to godliness, from guilt to forgiveness, from spiritual poverty to spiritual riches, from being destined to Hell to assurance of Heaven after death—who would not want to tell others about that!
The pattern in the New Testament when people are touched by Jesus and become His followers is that they tell others [John 1:40-45; John 4:28-29; Luke 8:39]. The “word of mouth” testimony is powerful in influencing others.
I would challenge you to share your “word of mouth” testimony of what Jesus has done for you with others. They might not respond—not everyone responded well to Jesus. But at least they will know.
Along with that, you can give a “word of mouth” testimony to others about our church. We have a wonderful church family--a body of believers who are desiring and striving to live for Christ and to love others. This wonderful spirit is inviting and encouraging. I think others would love to join us if they knew. So, share and invite.
I encourage you to pray for our services and for me as well. Would you take a few private moments between now and Sunday morning to pray?
I look forward to worshipping the Lord together with you.
Dr. Wynne Kimbrough is the editor of this resource.
Some of the articles are written by him while others are found and shared with permission from the original authors. Some of of these authors wish to remain anonymous.