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Summary: The call for the disciples to be witnesses in Jerusalem was the call for them to go fishing in their own pond. It remains the call for us to fish our own ponds, to be a witness within the network of relationships God has placed us, to capture the hearts a

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Fishing In Your Own Pond

Acts 1:8

The call to be witnesses was a call to go fishing in our own ponds, to be a witness within the network of relationships God has placed us, to capture the hearts and souls of family, friends, coworkers, neighbors and acquaintances, and spiritually reel them in.

Principle #1: ____________ like never before.

Principle #2: Show _________ to the church family.

Principle #3: ____________ those outside of God’s family.

Principle #4: Live a ______________ life.

Principle #5: ________ the truth.

Fishing In Your Own Pond

Acts 1:8

What is your life worth? Do you understand that your life is worth an eternity to someone? Did you know that the way you live your life, and relate to others, is an issue of life-or-death?

Just before Jesus ascended to heaven, he told his disciples, “You will be my witnesses …” Applying the rules of simple grammar to this statement we see that being a witness is not a choice. It is your identity. It is not an option. It is an assumption.

It is the same assumption that Jesus has in Matthew 28:19, when, contrary to the imperative command “Go”, the way most English translations render it, Jesus says, “As you are going, while you are going, or since you are going anyway, make disciples.” Jesus took for granted that we would be on the move to make disciples.

The question raised is not will you be a witness. It is what kind of witness are you going to be.

In the courts witnesses are categorized in several ways:

Lay witness – someone who observed events pertinent to the case. This is the average Joe who simple shares what he saw.

Independent expert witness – a doctor, lawyer, or other professional who was directly involved in events surrounding the case, who because of their involvement have professional insights to share.

Controlled expert witness – a professional who is paid to give expert testimony. These are the hired guns.

Hostile witness – a witness who is expected to be contrary to questioning by either side. These are the one who whether they like it or not are called to be witnesses.

We often convince ourselves that we have a choice to witness or not. But the awkward truth is that those who have chosen to not be a witness have actually chosen to be a poor witness, a negligible witness, or worse yet a witness for the wrong side because like it or not the world is watching our lives for evidence of Christ.

The call for the disciples to be witnesses in Jerusalem was the call for them to go fishing in their own pond. It remains the call for us to fish our own ponds, to be a witness within the network of relationships God has placed us, to capture the hearts and souls of family, friends, coworkers, neighbors and acquaintances, and spiritually reel them in.

Each of us has our own pond of relationships, the network of people that God has strategically placed us among to be a witness. Our ponds are all stocked, some more than others, but all have something to catch. It may be a family member who has never accepted Christ. It may be a neighbor who has abandoned their childhood faith. It may be someone who is actively involved in their home church, but has never really stepped across the line of faith, accepting Christ as their personal Savior. It may be a spiritual seeker sitting in the pew near you.


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