This is the first of two sermons in which our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, discusses the question of what it means to be a great witness.  Here are some excerpts:

“…Christ calls every Christian to witness in that true sense, and a committed Christian wants to know not only how to witness, but how to make a great witness. So that will be my subject today and next Lord’s Day:  “What is a great witness?”  To find an answer, we’re going to look at a little-known character in the Bible, a man whose singleappearance is recorded in the 9th chapter of the Gospel according to John. This man not only shows us how to witness; he shows us what it means to be a great witness…”

“He was one of the many people whom Jesus helped during His earthly ministry—one of the blind men on whom the Great Physician bestowed the gift of sight. Jesus was always healing blind people, perhaps because more people suffered from that malady in His day than from any other affliction…We know something about his case history. We know that he participated in his cure; and we know that there was an aftermath to his cure—a little drama in which he played a leading role, and in which he shows us what it means to be a great witness…”

“A great witness— a person with a story to tell; a person who is not afraid to stand alone. God grant that you and I may be counted among that noble company…”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

October 11, 1987

John 9:25

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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