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Touching Our World For Christ (Part II)
Series: Back To The Basics
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
August 10, 2008
We are discovering these days from the book of Acts what God desired and designed for every Christian and for His church to be from the beginning. It seems that the farther we get from the first century church in time ... the farther we get from the first century church in kind! So far .. that sometimes you have to look pretty hard to see any similarities.
Now keep in mind what Jesus told them just prior to His ascension back in 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."
Once they received the power .. they were to be witnesses. Now what's a witness? A witness is somebody who has experienced something or seen something who is willing to testify. Psalm 107.2, "Let the redeemed of the LORD say so."
And where did Jesus tell them to witness once they received the power for witnessing? In Jerusalem (across the streets), and in all Judea and Samaria (across the states), and to the end of the earth (across the seas)." It's a part of getting back to basics of what it means to be a Christian and the Church!
And yet .. less than 10% of believers today are witnessing. That wasn't the case with the first century church. They had been saved by grace .. (grace had forever changed their lives .. changed their choices .. changed their thinking .. changed their priorities) they lived by grace and they where showing that grace to those they came into contact with.
They LIVED to witness and they witnessed to live! Their lives had been radically changed and what they now had .. they wanted EVERYBODY to have! So with the Holy Spirit within them .. they took on the world out of obedience to the Word of God!
Now in chapter 13 .. the church at Antioch launched the first international mission moveme ...
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