Yesterday at St. Matthew’s I preached on what happened in the beginning of the book at Acts. But I wanted to, this morning, talk about some questions that some friends have asked me in regards to what it says in Acts 1:8
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Yesterday I spent a lot of time talking about where it is that God has called us to go and be His witness. We are called to our backyard (Jerusalem) our region (Judea), the people we don’t like (Samaria), and the ends of the world. We are called to go, all over, taking the Good News.
We are called to witness. But what does that mean? What does it mean to witness? I think that there are (at least) four ways that we give witness to Jesus Christ.
We give witness with our lives. The way we live, the grace we show, how we forgive, how we glorify God with all that we are, these are witnesses. Through how we live, give witness each day to our faith.
In regards to verbal witnessing, we need to check our lives first. Because if we are going to talk about what Jesus has done in our lives and how He can change lives, we need to make sure that our lives are pointing to Him.
Not that they are perfect, but they are arrows pointing to heaven.
We give witness with God’s church. You know the easiest way to make sure that someone hears the Gospel? Invite them to church. When you invite someone to church, they will be surrounded by Christian community, they will hear the Gospel presented in song, in the reading of Scripture, and the proclamation of the Gospel.
Invite someone to church. Make sure you do it this week! See what God does!
We give witness with God’s story. What does that mean? By knowing some key scriptures, we can use God’s Word to point others to His great love for them. John 3:16, for instance. Romans 8:37-39. Isaiah 43: 1-5. These passages point to God’s great love for us. People need to be reminded through scripture that through Jesus Christ we can know peace, we can know life, we can be forgiveness (1 John 1:9). Knowing God’s Word, this helps us paint the picture of redemption that God desires for all people.
And we give witness with our story. To me, that’s where witnessing is most effective. When we tell what God has done for us. How has God been our rock, been our shield, been our salvation? How has God shown us His power? How have we experienced grace and mercy? How has God brought restoration and hope to us, to our families, to those that we know?
Where has God made a difference in our lives? Share your story. Give witness to that.
We talk about all the other great things in our lives, all the things that we love. Do we talk about our Jesus in the same way?
You are called to be His witness today, no matter where you find yourself. But know this. We’ve never saved a soul. God saves. It is only our job to share the Good News. The results are up to God.
Today, may we be His witnesses. And may we give Him glory for all that He does.