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You Are Witnesses...

February 23, 2014 Series: Acts

Passage: Acts 1:1–1:11

Introduction

  • We may not be trained theologians or pastors, but we can all be witnesses of Christ
  • With the exception of John, all the apostles fled during the crucifixion
  • When it comes to the gospel, it is a spiritual battle
  • "Witness" has the root word "martyr". During the setting of Acts, followers of Christ were called to being exposed to torture or even death.

 

1. You are Witnesses of Christ (Acts 1:1-3)

  • Witness to His life (1 Peter 2:22-24) -- It is important to have an understanding of Christ's life in order to be a witness
  • His Message. In Luke 19:10, we are told of how Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. In Mark 10:45, we read of how the Son of Man came to give his life as a ransom for many.
  • It is self defeating to declare the forgiveness of sin and live in a sinful manner

2. You are Witnesses of Christ through the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5, 8)

  • Promise (Acts 1:4). In Numbers 23:19, we are also reminded that God will not break his promise.
  • We were promised the Holy Spirit in Ezekiel 36:26-28. God said "I will put my Spirit within you"
  • Power (Acts 1:8). We learn that the Holy Spirit is omniscient (1 Corinthians 2:9-10), omnipotent (Job 33:4) and omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-10).
  • The power of the Holy Spirit's divine works in the believer's life is displayed through revelation and illumination of the word (Nehemiah 9:30-31, 1Peter 20:21), consummation (1 Corinthians 2:9-10), intercession (Romans 8:26), helping the believers (John 14:16-17).

3. You are witnesses of Christ through the Holy Spirit to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8)

  • We are called to be witnesses to all kinds of people: Jews and Gentiles. Ruth the Moabitess, Rahab the Canaanite (Joshua 2:5-12)
  • We are called to go to all kinds of places ("Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, ends of the earth"). For us, it could mean our community in Mattar Road, our neighbourhood in Kovan, our region of Asia or going to anywhere else in the world!

Conclusion

  • The passage in Acts ends with an account of the disciples transfixed by the ascending Christ. Jesus promises that He will return in the same way.
  • Therefore, they were to go out and be His witnesses, before He returns again.

What does this mean for us today?

  • Start by praying for the people that you come into contact with
  • Step up by the planning to make inroads to allow you to witness
  • Sustain the proclaiming of the good news of Jesus Christ