Coming Out of a Witness Protection Program
Acts 1:6-8 ESV
6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
- The word witness is found 29 times in the book of Acts.
- Witnessing will either be the churches great COMMISSION or the churches great OMISSION.
Phases Jesus’ ministry with His disciple can be divided
- Jesus DEVELOPING moments
- Jesus DEFINING moments
- Jesus DIED on the cross so our sin debt would be PAID in full.
- Jesus was RAISED from the dead so that the POWER and FEAR of death could be broken.
2 Corinthians 5:21 MSG – How? you say. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.
1 Corinthians 15:55 MSG – Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?
“Will you” Christians seek God to do something FOR them.
“BUT YOU” Christians seek God to do something THROUGH them.
The Greek word for power in the New Testament is DUNAMIS.
The Holy Spirit:
- ENLIGHTENS the witness
- ENERGIZES the witness
- ENCOURAGES the witness
- ENDORSES the witness
Essentials of being a witness:
- SEE something
- SAY something
- SUFFER something
Jerusalem is FAILURE
Judea is FRIENDS
Samaria is FOES
Ends of the earth is FEARS
Why do we stay in a witness protection program:
- I don’t want to be an UNINTERRUPTED INTERFERENCE in people’s lives
- I don’t have it ALTOGETHER
III. Who is to say the ways of Christ is SUPERIOR.
Luke 17:20-21 NIV – 20 Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”
- Fear of REJECTION
Picture of a question mark (Sunday School Teacher)
Picture of Dwight L. Moody
Picture of Billy Sunday
Picture of Mordecai Ham
Picture of Billy Graham
Picture of First Baptist Church of Bordentown, New Jersey (Rev. J. W. Curtis) 1967
Picture of William J. Simmons sent Him to Howard
Picture of Charles Parrish Sr.
Picture of Benjamin Miller
Picture of Clora Elizabeth Cosby
Picture of Kevin Cosby
- We are EMBARRASSED BELIEVERS
Invitational Song: We are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: Andre Crouch