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Summary: We are called to be living witnesses of the work of Christ in our lives

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A Living Witness

Acts 1:8

Series: Spring Life

March 25, 2007

Material in this message was adapted from the SpringLife materials distributed by the Wesleyan Church genral Headquarters

Introduction

In one of the many Peanuts animated specials Charlie Brown seeks advice from Lucy’s psychiatry booth. He drops his nickel into the jar and proceeds to tell Lucy his problem. Lucy asks Charlie Brown about his fears and then proceeds to list them off one by one. After each fear or psychosis Charlie Brown says that that one doesn’t seem to address his situation. Finally Lucy gives him the fear of everything. Charlie Brown screams: “THAT’S IT!”

What are some of things that you are afraid of?

Fear of heights

Fear of talking in front of people

Fear of snakes

Fear of closed in spaces

When you hear the word evangelism do you get nervous? Be honest now. There are some legitimate things to be nervous about especially if you’re not an outgoing person. Most of the time we get nervous because we have the wrong mental impression or the wrong idea of what evangelism actually is.

What do you think of when you think about evangelism?

Someone screaming to convince people to either turn or burn

People going around the neighborhoods and knocking on doors

Somebody forcing people to take leaflets or flyers

Evangelism is not really any of those things. Those are methods and evangelism is about the timeless message of Jesus. Evangelism flows out of a heart for people and a heart for Christ’s Kingdom. Evangelism flows out of having a proper focus on the reality of heaven.

With that in mind, let me ask you an important question: what is heaven going to be like? There are three important realities about heaven that we need to keep in mind when we witness.

1.) Heaven will be filled with the presence of God

It may sound a bit cliché but heaven is where God is. The fullness of His divine presence dwells in heaven.

2.) Heaven is filled with the power of God

Heaven is the place of the divine display of God’s matchless power. We will see the magnitude of God’s might.

3.) Heaven is filled with the people of God

After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." Revelation 7:9-10

When John has his revelation of heaven, notice that it is filled with so many people that no one could possibly count them all. The truth is that heaven is filled with the people of God. This is the promise of eternal life that Jesus gives.

I cannot imagine how awesome heaven will be. Can you imagine what it will be like to just be in heaven? How would you feel seeing people in heaven because you helped them discover a relationship with Christ?

This is our motivation to share our spiritual journey with others. This is the motivation to be the witnesses that Jesus wants and needs us to be.


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