16For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Scripture Testimony Index stories for this passage
Yoshida explained that his Buddhist background meant that he could never become a Christian, so don't try to force him. Voires explained that faith in Christ is not compulsory, that no one would try to force him to become a Christian, but that he should beware that when he really understands Jesus, no force can prevent him from faith. Within a year, Yoshida became a Christian, ignored the consequences, and only increased in zeal and purpose when persecution came.
Despite the relentless opposition from her family, Mrs. Hwoa persevered and graduated from Bible School. Upon graduating, she went on to serve the Lord as Bible-woman among done mountain people, and proving that the gospel is indeed God's power unto salvation.
W, who just emigrated to Canada, was still leading a reckless life when one day, out of sheer boredom, he picked up the Bible his mother had given him before he left for Canada and began to read. But as he curiously read the blessed book, he soon realized his need for the Savior and was eventually saved even as he continued to study the ever transforming scriptures.
After praying for him over a period of time with his wife, an old Christian carpenter gave Richard Wurmbrand a Bible. And as Richard began to read it, the truth pierced his heart; he saw how different Christ's life was from the one he was leading and so at last, he surrendered his life to this excellent Jesus!
While traveling in Sweden, Dr. Baedeker gave a tract to an agnostic woman, lovingly challenging her to read and think about it. After more conversation, he gave her his card and asked her to promise to let him know when she had finally met Jesus. Eight years later, he got a letter. She had come to faith in Jesus!
In an innovative approach to evangelism, Dr. Baedeker presented a convicted murderer who could not read, with a "Wordless Book" and took the time to lovingly walk the fellow through its three leaves and their meanings. At the end of his visit, the grateful prisoner declared, "thank you, sir, a thousandfold, for bringing such a message to such an unworthy wretch as I am!"
A young man who was full of hate surrenders to God and on the pulpit, gives up the gun he was about to use to hurt someone, after listening to Jim Cymbala preach about the love of God.
Two stories reveal God's faithfulness in rewarding—with precious harvests—the excellent Bible teaching given to the orphans at Ashley Down, and the doubt-defying testimony of His reality through the daily provision of their needs.
When Jonathan Goforth arrived in China, he was warned by an old experienced missionary, “Do not attempt to speak of Jesus the first time when preaching to a heathen audience. The Chinese have a prejudice against the name of Jesus. Confine your efforts to demolishing the false gods and if you have a second opportunity you may bring in Jesus.” Goforth rejected this advice. Immediately, he began preaching Christ and Christ crucified. He saw several people respond to the message which was inspired by the Sword of the Spirit, the word of God.
Hudson Taylor had picked up a gospel tract to pass time one day, and without any concern or interest in whatever sermon or moral the tract had, he began to read. But as he read, his attention was soon arrested by a phrase and as he probes further, Light dawned on him and he surrendered to God and accepted Him as his Savior and Lord.
When a drug addict discovered that Jesus loved him regardless of whether he was "a world ambassador or a drug addict", he opened his heart to receive this Jesus and his formerly hopeless life became full of hope and meaning!
When the police brought two erring teenage boys to Rev. R. E. Anderson so they will be turned over to their parents for punishment, he proposed that instead of reporting them to their parents, they read the gospel of John. They took his option and nine months later, both boys experienced the power of the gospel unto salvation.
Once a scoffer began to read the Bible (placed in his hotel room by the Gideons) that he had scorned for so long, it was less than a week until he had surrendered to Christ and went on to become a minister of the very gospel he once mocked.
A traveling salesman stole a Bible—not knowing it was one—from a hotel room to have something to read on his long train journey home. By the time he got home, through that same stolen Bible, he was a changed man, and before long he led his wife and two children to this God he had found on the pages of a stolen book.
When a poor woman meets Kenyon Palmer, she shares gladly of her son who found the Lord Jesus on the pages on the Bible he so dutifully read even while on his death-bed.
Korea for Christ, The Story of the Great Crusade to Win One Million Souls from Heathenism to Christianity George T. B. Davis
Dr. Moffett shares two stories about casting his bread upon the waters with gospel tracts, and of the harvest of souls he reaped many years later.
Lord Radstock's sister, Elzabeth Waldegrave, shared the Good News with a few sailors at a funeral. They begged her to have a meeting and tell them more, resulting in waves of revival amongst sailors for more than twenty years.
Joshua's parents were both travelling the world in search of meaning and God when they received Bibles and started to read them. In a simple yet powerful way, their eyes were opened to the truth and they received the Lord Jesus into their lives.
Mr. Wurata was on a routine tour of duty when he stumbled upon a small pocket testament, and on inquiring further was told it was a Bible. Though he could not read that copy because it was in English, he ordered for a Chinese copy and began to study it most dutifully. It took twelve years, but his soul, and that of his other companions were won for the Lord!
Saeed was so zealous about his faith that he set out to learn about Christianity just so he could win its followers to Islam. But it was as he studied the Bible that he came to faith in Christ Jesus.
A hurting man was going to murder his cheating wife and her lover - his best friend. But as he came by a soccer field on his way to them, Dr Philip Eyster was preaching to a mob; proclaiming God's power to forgive anyone of anything. As he listened, the softer his heart became, until a dramatic change occured in him.
Yvone's overwhelming problems had led her to resolving to commit suicide. But on her way out of the market having purchased the rope with which she planned to kill herself, the greatest miracle in her life happened when the Holy Spirit drew her to Dr. Philip Eyster's preaching at the same market that night.
Rashid Abbas had long wanted to kill pastor Farid Assad. But during a crisis in their city, Rashid sought comfort in the Koran. Finding no comfort, he finally turned to the Bible pastor Farid had given him. The Word of God, combined with dreams of Jesus, wrought a saving transformation in Rashid.
Sabat was such a zealous Muslim that he handed over his close friend Abdallah to be put to death for becoming a Christian. But after witnessing his friend‘s courageous death, Sabat wandered far and wide hoping to find respite for his agonizing soul. But only by following in his martyred friend‘s example, after reading the New Testament for himself, did he find rest and true purpose.
When a young Hindu man stumbles upon the Bible his uncle bought but for years had it abandoned, he picked interest in the book and all entreaties to stop him from reading it failed. The reading of that book began an interesting chain of events that eventually brought this young man to the foot of the Cross.
A teetotal reformer and advocate for temperance met John Hambleton at a watering place and argued that the gospel had failed in it's mission to to save men from sin, but beautifully and courageously, John made a case for the gospel being the power of God unto salvation.
When a 72 year old Muslim man is given the New Testament by a medical missionary, he returns a few months later to ask for the Old Testament too and about a year later, he returns again gladly declaring about the Jesus he encountered on the pages of those Testaments; "His teaching is so beautiful and true! He is so pure and good that He has won my heart, and I have come to be baptized".
While in jail, Yi Sang Choi who was a skeptic even after reading the New Testament was persuaded by a fellow prisoner and 'friend in misery' alongside others to commit to reading the scriptures. And this they did, until all ten of them became convinced that the Gospel is God's power unto salvation.
It was Tom's practice to sow the seed of God's word in strangers by randomly handing them Bibles. And having shiped his grain across the sea, a great return came when one day, he was met a grateful stranger at a restaurant in the U.A.E., who had become a Christian by reading the Bible Tom handed him at a petrol station in Oman.
Geoffrey Bull prayed for every official and other Tibetans by name including his teacher, Gun Ga. Gun Ga later made a commitment to Christ after reading Mark's Gospel. He was deeply touched by the story of Christ's agony in Gethsemane that he wept bitterly.