Star Witness by James Merritt

Star Witness
Dr. James Merritt
John 1:35-51

1. One of my favorite movies is "The Untouchables." Elliott Ness is the hero, Al Capone is the villain. The entire picture is a portrayal of how Ness is trying to nail Capone and send him to prison. Capone seems to thwart him at every turn until Ness discovers the one person who can put him away-his bookkeeper.

2. The climatic scene in the train station is one of the most exciting I have ever seen, as the mob is trying to get the bookkeeper out of town while Ness is trying to stop them; and he succeeds only after a blazing gun battle ensues over one lowly book-keeper.

3. You ask-what was so important about the bookkeeper? He is the star witness-the one person whose testimony can send Al Capone to prison and change his life forever. A star witness is the one witness for either side in a case that can literally determine the outcome of the decision.

4. Every true Christian is a star witness. Every Christian has been called and commanded to give testimony to the risen Christ so that others may know Him as well. William Fay has personally witnessed to over 25,000 people since he became a Christian. In his book, Share Jesus Without Fear, he makes this statement: "There are only two kinds of Christians in this world: 1. Those who talk about the lost. 2. Those who talk to the lost."1

5. It may be idealistic on my part, but it is my desire that every member of this church who is truly a Christian, will be a Christian who talks to the lost, not just about the lost.

6. Now whenever the concept of evangelism is brought up, palms get sweaty, foreheads wrinkle, frowns form, and pictures of "in your face religious bullies" grabbing people by their lapels and screaming 'go to heaven or go to hell' pop into the mind. But there is a verse in John chapter 1 which is a short succinct simple explanation of what evangelism really is: "And he brought him to Jesus." (v.42)

7. In this passage we learn how it is that we too can bring people to Jesus. Because we find here the three types of evangelism of which every Christian should be involved in, and, in fact, if you are walking with God, you cannot help but be involved in.

I. Providentially Evangelism Is Situational

1. "Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, 'Behold the Lamb of God!' The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, 'What do you seek?' They said to Him, 'Rabbi' (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), 'where are You staying?' He said to them, 'Come and see.'" (vv. 35-39a)

There are times when God will providentially put people in your path, and give you an opportunity to share the Lord Jesus Christ. This is exactly what happened here. As Jesus was walking, He is spotted by John the Baptist. He cries out, "Behold the Lamb of God!"

2. Two of the disci ...

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