EXPERIENCE: a particular instance of personally encountering or undergoing something.
There are levels of experience. You can hear someone talk about seeing an amazing sunset in Africa and learn from the experience of another–that’s one level. You can read a book describing that sunset or even see a full-color picture in a National Geographic–that’s another level of experience. Then, there’s actually encountering it with your own eyes in real life. The vivid colors swirl together in conjunction with the beautifully foreign sounds and smells making you feel like you’ve just begun to live at a higher definition of life.
Look how the disciples describe their experience of knowing Jesus…
1 John 1:1-3 (The Message, emphasis added) From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in – we heard it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes, verified it with our own hands. 2 The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes; we saw it happen! And now we’re telling you in most sober prose that what we witnessed was, incredibly, this: The infinite Life of God himself took shape before us. 3 We saw it, we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!
Watch these amazing stories of God’s interaction.
They told us their stories so we could EXPERIENCE Him too. Not just as an ancient story passed down from generations with no relativity to our modern, everyday lives, but so we would ENCOUNTER HIM PERSONALLY. It’s TIME to know Him on a deeper level, see Him move in our impossible situations, and experience a relationship with Jesus that’s beyond rules, religion and regulations.
Who needs to hear your story? As we experience the love and life of God, we become EXPERIENCED as a connection for others. There’s someone waiting…there’s a city waiting to hear what we have seen with our own eyes.
Watch these testimonies about how some people at THE BRIDGE have experienced God move in their life. http://vimeo.com/36216797