Being an iWitness for Christ!

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I am extremely encouraged by the response of our church people over the past two weeks. Since we announced the launch of a new outreach program entitled “GROW”, we have seen 32 people fill out enrollment cards pledging to be involved. The response has been outstanding! I am thankful to pastor a church that still has a tremendous burden for reaching the lost. I also count it a great privilege to serve beside you each and every day as we seek to bring glory to His name.

The past Sunday, the message was “iWitnesses for Christ!” Act 1:8 is Christ’s last command to us before ascending into Heaven. In that message, I shared with you five things we need to consider as “iWitnesses”. 

First, we need to stay focused. Christ told the disciples that “it is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” (Acts 1:7) Their focus was on when Christ would bring about the complete restoration of Israel. Instead, Christ did not want them distracted by what was out of their control. It is no different today, we must make being iWitnesses for Him the primary mission of our lives. Too many times we let things distract us from keeping the main thing the main thing. Let’s determine we are going to stay focused on winning people to Christ.

Second, we need to truly understand the source our ability to witness. Christ went on to tell them they would “receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.” (Acts 1:8a) Our true ability and power to witness is only from the Holy Spirit. The most common complaint among Christians when it comes to witnessing is their inability to speak or to confront others. Don’t let you inability or lack of self-confidence become a crutch not to witness. Matter of fact, the Bible teaches that God absolutely loves using the weak in confounding the mighty. (1 Corinthians 1:27). Besides that, our weapons are not of our flesh, but are made mighty by God. (2 Corinthians 10:4, 5)

Third, we need to have clear picture of our responsibility. Jesus’ command was clear, precise, and to the point. He said, “Ye shall be witnesses unto me…” (Acts 1:8b) There is no doubt what Jesus meant. There was no confusion. Simply, you will be witnesses. Interestingly, the word “witnesses” in the original language meant eye and ear witness. We are to tell others what we have seen and heard. Our experience with Christ is to be our motivation to witness. Our responsibility is clear – be iWitnesses for Christ!

Fourth, we should realize the scope of our task. The Lord was very precise in His direction about where we are to go as iWitnesses. He said, “Both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8c) The scope of our task is to our own city, our own nation, the neighboring nations, and even to the most extreme parts of the earth.

And, then last, we simply need to get busy! To me, the scene of Jesus ascending into heaven while the disciples watched is somewhat comical. Here, Christ is literally ascending in front of their very eyes. They were so fixated on Him going up and out of their sight that they did not see the two men standing next to them. The two men, who we take to be angels, literally had to get their attention by speaking to them. Their question was “Why stand ye gazing up into heaven?” (Acts 1:11a) Of course, they knew the answer already. I believe there may have been a little sarcasm involved here. The went on to say, “This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11b) Basically, they were saying you need to get busy because one day Christ is going to return. When He does, He will return with the expectation that we have been obedient to His last command. So folks, let’s get busy! Let’s be about our Father’s business! Let’s be iWitnesses for Him!

I am extremely encouraged by the response of our church people over the past two weeks. Since we announced the launch of a new outreach program entitled “GROW”, we have seen 32 people fill out enrollment cards pledging to be involved. The response has been outstanding! I am thankful to pastor a church that still has a tremendous burden for reaching the lost. I also count it a great privilege to serve beside you each and every day as we seek to bring glory to His name.

The past Sunday, the message was “iWitnesses for Christ!” Act 1:8 is Christ’s last command to us before ascending into Heaven. In that message, I shared with you five things we need to consider as “iWitnesses”. 

First, we need to stay focused. Christ told the disciples that “it is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” (Acts 1:7) Their focus was on when Christ would bring about the complete restoration of Israel. Instead, Christ did not want them distracted by what was out of their control. It is no different today, we must make being iWitnesses for Him the primary mission of our lives. Too many times we let things distract us from keeping the main thing the main thing. Let’s determine we are going to stay focused on winning people to Christ.

Second, we need to truly understand the source our ability to witness. Christ went on to tell them they would “receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.” (Acts 1:8a) Our true ability and power to witness is only from the Holy Spirit. The most common complaint among Christians when it comes to witnessing is their inability to speak or to confront others. Don’t let you inability or lack of self-confidence become a crutch not to witness. Matter of fact, the Bible teaches that God absolutely loves using the weak in confounding the mighty. (1 Corinthians 1:27). Besides that, our weapons are not of our flesh, but are made mighty by God. (2 Corinthians 10:4, 5)

Third, we need to have clear picture of our responsibility. Jesus’ command was clear, precise, and to the point. He said, “Ye shall be witnesses unto me…” (Acts 1:8b) There is no doubt what Jesus meant. There was no confusion. Simply, you will be witnesses. Interestingly, the word “witnesses” in the original language meant eye and ear witness. We are to tell others what we have seen and heard. Our experience with Christ is to be our motivation to witness. Our responsibility is clear – be iWitnesses for Christ!

Fourth, we should realize the scope of our task. The Lord was very precise in His direction about where we are to go as iWitnesses. He said, “Both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8c) The scope of our task is to our own city, our own nation, the neighboring nations, and even to the most extreme parts of the earth.

And, then last, we simply need to get busy! To me, the scene of Jesus ascending into heaven while the disciples watched is somewhat comical. Here, Christ is literally ascending in front of their very eyes. They were so fixated on Him going up and out of their sight that they did not see the two men standing next to them. The two men, who we take to be angels, literally had to get their attention by speaking to them. Their question was “Why stand ye gazing up into heaven?” (Acts 1:11a) Of course, they knew the answer already. I believe there may have been a little sarcasm involved here. The went on to say, “This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11b) Basically, they were saying you need to get busy because one day Christ is going to return. When He does, He will return with the expectation that we have been obedient to His last command. So folks, let’s get busy! Let’s be about our Father’s business! Let’s be iWitnesses for Him!


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