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Summary: A sincere Christian witness is dependent upon a particular manner/quality of listening. BUT What does a sincere Christian witness hear? A sincere Christian witness hears that...

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WHAT A CHRISTIAN HEARS—Luke 8:16-21

The sincerity with which we approach God’s voice.

The manner/way/sincerity in which we listen affects our Christian witness.

Jesus told the multitude that the way in which they listened to Him was of utmost importance to their witness.

A sincere Christian witness is based/dependent upon a particular manne/quality of listening.

What does a sincere Christian witness hear?

1—A sincere Christian witness hears that...

ENLIGHTENMENT Takes Priority(:16)

—Explanation:(:16) Witness

:16—“Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, in order that those who come in may see the light.”

Mankind’s enlightenment of God’s design is a command!

Argumentation:

Mat. 28;18-20—“And Jesus came up & spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven & on earth. “Go therefore & make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father & the Son & the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; & lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.””

Acts 1:8—“...you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; & you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, & in all Judea & Samaria, & even to the remotest part of the earth.”

—Illustration:

Nightime/Jimmy leaving the fellowship at the pond house/No light beside shed/Falls/No Light=stumbling/ENLIGHTENMENT Takes Priority

Needed to see where he was going

—Application:

?Jesus’ ELIGHTENMENT taken Priority?

?You Heard/Heeded God’s voice & Is your witness sincere?

2—A sincere Christian witness hears that...

DISCLOSURE Takes Priority(:17)

—Explanation:(:17)

:17—“For nothing is hidden that shall not become evident, nor anything secret that shall not be known & come to light.”

Apparent & experienced Judgment...Categorization by God into Saved—Unsaved, Committed—Uncommitted, Loved—Unloved, etc...

Though Christ’s identity was veiled while on earth, He was never fully hidden revealed.

—Argumentation:

Acts 17:26-28—“& He made from one, every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times, & the boundaries of their habitation, that they should seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him & find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live & move & exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His offspring.’”

Deut. 30:11-14—““For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach. “It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us & make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ “Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us & make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ “But the word is very near you, in your mouth & in your heart, that you may observe it.”

—Illustration:

Car purchase/Hidden charges revealed on the bottom line & in my monthly payment!/DISCLOSURE takes priority


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