November 17, 2019 Pastor: Carel Geleynse
Topic: Missions Passage: Acts 1:1–1:11
Before he ascended into heaven, Jesus told his disciples, "you will be my witnesses". They had witnessed Jesus's life, his death, and his resurrection; now they were to tell others what they had witnessed, in Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Being witnesses to Jesus put the disciples in danger--note that, in the original Greek, the word translated as "witnesses" in this passage can also be translated as "martyrs". However, Jesus gave his disciples the power to be his witnesses, despite the danger, by pouring out the Holy Spirit on them.
Jesus calls us to be his his witnesses, as well, not just by telling others about Jesus but also by living our lives as followers of Jesus. We may not face danger, but we likely will face opposition. However, Jesus gives us the power to be his witnesses, just as he did to his disciples.
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