Summary: ;But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: And ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth; (Acts 1:8).
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Text: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: And ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
Scripture Reading: Acts 1:1?–?14
Some people believe that the greatest call God can extend is the call to the ministry. Others feel that the call of God to be a foreign missionary is the highest and holiest call that God extends. The truth is that neither of these calls constitutes the primary call of God.
The primary call of God to each of us is the call to be a witness. The call to be a witness takes precedence over the call to the ministry or to the mission field. We are called to be witnesses first and ministers or missionaries second.
I. Personal witnessing is our supreme task.
We are mistaken if we define our supreme task in terms of teaching, preaching, singing, or giving. Our supreme task is that of being a witness, and we may give this testimony through teaching, preaching, singing, or giving.
II. Personal witnessing is our most precious privilege.
To give a personal testimony is to share the good news of God’s love, which can be used by the Holy Spirit to bestow the gift of faith that makes possible the new birth in the heart of another person.
III. Personal witnessing is our most pressing responsibility (Rom. 1:14?–?16).
Paul was aware of the great debt that he owed to God and that he owed to a lost world. He was ready with everything that was within him to meet his obligation to God and to the world. The only way he could meet this obligation was by the testimony concerning the wonderful grace and power of God through Jesus Christ.
IV. Personal witnessing is our most challenging opportunity.
Many opportunities confront us today?—?opportunities that would fill us with enthusiasm and command our total energy. However, if we would try to evaluate these various opportunities, not one would offer comparable dividends and satisfactions to that of personal witnessing.
V. Personal witnessing is the divinely ordained method of saving lost men and women.
Jesus Christ used the face-to-face method of telling others about the love of God. The one-on-one method would communicate the gospel to the whole world in ten years if each professing Christian were to win one other to faith in Christ during each of those years.
The unsaved world waits for our personal witness. The Holy Spirit waits to bless our personal witness. God has called each of us to be personal witnesses, and the need of the hour is for us to be faithful to our calling.