READ: Acts 1:6-8
- Luke 24 says they should preach repentance. Acts 1 says they will be His witnesses. Witnesses declare what they know to be true – primarily from personal experience. It would be hard to testify (witness) to the resurrected Jesus if you weren’t among those who saw Him. It would be hard to tell people what to expect from Jesus if you didn’t know personally what He had done for you.
- These disciples hung around Jerusalem. They weren’t idle…they were waiting. They prayed and fasted. They selected a replacement for Judas. And, they waited. On Pentecost, God sent His Spirit and His Spirit empowered them to preach. Acts 2 bears witness to the fact that God spoke through them, even using languages that were foreign to them.
- They witnessed to the power of God to change lives. Continuing through Acts, we see them preaching the message of Jesus and 1000s coming to know Christ. Some even became the ultimate witness; they became martyrs for their faith—they gave up their lives for the gospel. They waited; they obeyed, and God faithfully kept His promise. Our presence in the kingdom of God today is testimony to their faithfulness.
- In what ways do you feel confident in your witness?
- Describe a time when you feel you failed to be a powerful witness.
- What 2-3 people need to see the story of Jesus lived out (spoken) in your life?
PRAY: Thank God for those who witnessed to you. Pray that you can faithfully do the same for others. Ask God to help Madison Park to be faithful in her witness to God’s desire to bring all humans to Himself.