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A New Beginning In Witnessing (5 of 7)
Series: All Things New
Pastor Brad Whitt
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now this morning, and I want you to be finding your place at Acts chapter 1 if you would. Acts chapter one, and we're going to begin our time together this morning by looking at just one verse, verse number 8. Acts chapter 1 and verse number 8, and I want to talk to you for a few minutes here this morning about how to have a new beginning in witnessing. And so, I want to give you the last words that are recorded of Jesus before He ascended back to the right hand of the Father. And you know them.
Acts 1:8, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
How many of you know that this world needs Jesus? Well, guess who's going to get that good news out there? You and me. The Greek word for "good news" is the word "euangelion," and it's the word where we get our word "evangelism." You see, the English word "evangelism" isn't in the New Testament in English, but it is there in Greek - "euangelion." Can you hear a word in there? "Angel," or "messenger." "Eu" is "good," and "angel" is message or news. So, we are messengers of goods news.
You know, I'm glad this morning that I don't have to preach bad news. I'm glad this morning that I don't have to tell about all of the people that have been murdered and all of the people that have got all kinds of problems. I'm glad this morning that I can come to this pulpit with good news, because the Lord knows that this world needs some good news. And the greatest news of all is about Jesus. Evangelism is the sharing of good news.
Now, let me give you a definition for evangelism: Dr. Gray Allison says, "Evangelism is to so present Christ to men that under the leadership, conviction and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they will see their ne ...
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