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Witnessing By The Power Of The Spirit (1 of 3)
Series: Connecting With Christ
OPEN: This is the first our series on "Connecting with Jesus" and our text tells of how we can connect with Jesus in our witnessing.
TEXT: Acts 1:8
One night a wife found her husband standing over their infant's crib. As she watched him looking down at their very first baby, she saw on his face a mixture of emotions: …disbelief, doubt, delight, amazement, enchantment, skepticism.
Touched by this unusual display and the deep emotions it aroused, with eyes glistening she slipped her arm around her husband. "A penny for your thoughts," she said.
"It's amazing!" he replied. "I just can't see how anybody can make a crib like that for only $46.50."
APPLICATION: Here lay one of the greatest miracles in God's creation… and all this father saw was a crib. He didn't see what lay within.
But he wasn't unique. Many times people look upon God's handiwork and only see the outside manifestations… never the miracle that lays within. It works that way with many things, whether it be the miracle of the birth of a new baby or the miracle of the birth of a new Christian. There are many who see only the outside framework and miss the miracle that lays within.
Acts 2:38 tells us that something very exceptional lies within each Christian. When we obey Jesus by repenting of our sins and being buried in Christian Baptism we have the promise that we shall receive the "gift of the Holy Spirit."
"Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)
In fact, in Ephesians we're told that God's Holy Spirit is a mark of God's ownership of us:
"And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit" (Ephesians 1:13)
I. There are those wh ...
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