Thursday, June 24, 2010

Finding the Courage to Witness for Jesus

You will find the courage to witness for Jesus when you are…
  • Being filled with the Spirit (v. 8) “We need repeated fillings because we leak!”
      • Acts 2:4 – disciples filled with the Spirit at Pentecost
      • Acts 4:8 – Peter and John filled with the Spirit
      • Acts 4:31 – disciples filled with the Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly
    • As a Spirit-filled witness, you are controlled by the Spirit moment by moment.
      • Acts 5:17 – Sadducees filled with jealousy to the point of it determining their actions
      • Ephesians 5:18 – Just as a drunk is under the influence or control of alcohol, so a Spirit-filled person is under the control of the Holy Spirit.
      • Galatians 5:25 – being filled with the Spirit implies a moment-by-moment dependence on the Spirit.
    • As a Spirit-filled witness, you are passionate about obeying God above men (v. 1).
      • Myth #1 – If I am faithful to the Lord, he will protect me from persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12
        • Faithful Old Testament prophets were persecuted and killed.
        • John the Baptist was beheaded.
        • The 12 disciples were killed.
        • Jesus himself was crucified.
      • Myth #2 –Persecution comes mainly from those outside of religion or the church.
        • The religious establishment opposed the prophets.
        • The religious leaders opposed and crucified our Lord and Christ’s followers.
  • Spending time with Jesus, learning from Him (v. 13)
    • Matthew 23 – Jesus confronted the Scribes and Pharisees, calling them hypocrites.
    • Luke 11:37ff; Luke 6:1ff; Luke 13:10ff; Luke 14:1ff – Jesus confronted.
  • Testifying about what you have seen and heard (v. 20)
    • Testify that Jesus has risen from the dead. (vv.10-11). 1 Corinthians 15:17-19
    • Testify to the power of Jesus (v. 14-17). Hebrews 2:4
    • Testify to the truth that Jesus has saved you through faith in Him. John 6:37b
  • Insisting on Jesus as the only way of salvation (v. 12). John 14:6; Ephesians 6:19-20

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