Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, September 10, 2017
Sermon Series â€“ MISSION POSSIBLE #2
Minding Our Business!
Our text records our Jesus Christ’s last meeting with His disciples while He was here on earth. He is preparing to ascend back into Heaven to sit down at the right hand of God. Before He leaves, He commands and commissions His followers to reach the world with His message.
Here is Jesus Christ, crucified and resurrected from the dead, and about to ascend into Heaven. He could have talked about anything in the world. But, His last words were a command and a commission to share the Gospel. If it was that important to Him, it should be equally important to us! This is the main business of the church, and we’re responsible for minding our business! To accomplish this, our message, motive, and method must be right.
I. Our Message Must Be Right: Acts 1:8, “witnesses unto Me”
Jesus tells His followers that they are to be witness “unto Me”. Jesus is to be the sole focus of their message. That has not changed! We are to tell the world about Him.
II. Our Motive Must Be Right: Acts 1:8, “witnesses”
A. Understanding the word “witness” – The word “witness” translates the Greek word “martureo” and refers to “those who bear witness to the truth.”
B. Examples of the word “witness” –
1. Peter at Pentecost (Acts 2:14-41)
2. Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-39)
3. Paul before King Agrippa (Acts 26:1-31)
4. The Blind Man before the Sanhedrin (John 9:10-12; 15-17; 24-27; 30-33).
III. Our Method Must Be Right: Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power”
A. Where do we carry out our mission?
B. How do we carry out our mission?
1. Power comes when we become Christians (1 Cor. 12:13)
2. Power comes when we are prayed up and clean before God (Acts 1:14)
3. Power comes when we are united in love, heart and purpose (Acts 2:1)
How important is being a witness to you? What are you willing to change in your life so that you can be more effective as a witness? What are you willing to deal with so that the power of God may rest upon you? What price are you willing to pay for the touch of God on your life? How long has it been since you told someone else about Jesus?