07-29-17

07-29&30-2017
Sermon Series: The Exciting Church
This Week: …Is a Reliable Witness
Rev. Jorge Acevedo
(Lead pastor of Grace Church)

• Every Christ follower can be a witness of what they have experienced of Jesus so that others can have a joyful fellowship with God and others.

A witness is someone who can give a firsthand account of something. In a court of law, a witness is defined as “one who has knowledge of a fact or occurrence sufficient to testify with respect to it; an eyewitness has been defined as one who testifies to what he (or she) has seen.”

1. Have you ever been a witness in a court of law? What was it like? Share your experience of being in a courtroom where you were either a juror or a witness, if you have any.

2. Read Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

What do you think the first Christians thought and felt when they heard this proclamation from Jesus just prior to his ascension?

3. Discuss the following quote: ‘Preach the Gospel at all times and if you must, use words.’ What is the difference between demonstration and declaration?

4. Read 1 John 1:1-4 “1We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. 2This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. 3We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.”

These verses provide us with John’s witness of Jesus, of how John experienced Jesus. Consider what your witness of Jesus is – how you experience Jesus. Share your thoughts.

5. In “The Grace-Full Life” by Jorge Acavedo and Wes Olds, Pastor Wes describes two broad categories of people’s encounter with Jesus Christ. The “Light Switch” experience happens in an instant, like a light switch – an unbeliever has a life-changing experience and, in a moment, the Holy Spirit enters into them and they are at once believers (think Paul on the road to Damascus). The “Dimmer Switch” is a much slower process, in which a person’s faith in Christ grows brighter over a longer period of time.

Has your encounter with Jesus been a ‘Light Switch’ Experience or a ‘Dimmer Switch’ Experience? Briefly explain your experience with Jesus in the framework of these categories.

6. Read through the scripture in question 4 (1 John 1:1-4) and circle the phrase “We proclaim to you” each time you come across it. Verse 4 provides us with John’s motivation for such passionate testimony: “4We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.”

One definition of “evangelist’ is “someone who is very enthusiastic about something and likes to tell other people how good it is”. As you consider your faith journey and the joy you have experienced along the way, fill in the blanks of the following sentence:

My name is ______________ and I’m the result of an evangelist named ________________________.

Share your answer(s) with your group, and take a moment to recognize the joy that evangelist has brought to your life because of his or her role in introducing you to a life with Jesus.

7. Now look again at the sentence:

My name is ______________ and I’m the result of an evangelist named ________________________.

Who in your life’s journey might put your name at the end of this sentence? Who would you want to share the joy that you have in Christ with?

2 Comments on “07-29-17”

  1. I heard this message on Sunday 07/30/17 spoken by Pastor Trevor
    What struck me most was what he said during the time of response…

    Be a reliable / faithful witness because “Christ deserves a reward for His suffering..”

    a life transformed my His gracious gift of salvation, a saved soul. He shared with me afterwards about the 2 Moravians who sold themselves into salvery so that they could be witnesses in the slave camps (I’ve forgotten in what country) left their families to go & do this work for the kingdom.
    Gracious, Lord thank you for going to the cross for us. “He who knew no sin, became sin for us so that we might become the righteous of God in Christ Jesus”. Oh praise His name forever!

  2. Pastor Jorge slayed it in preaching The Word, and the Worship Team nearly brought the roof down:) WOW! Thank you COH Lead Team and the many behind the scenes making it all possible.

    We pray we are always reliable and faithful witnesses to the gospel; not only in demonstration, but in declaration too!

    Help us Holy Spirit to compassionately and lovingly open our mouths to proclaim your hope and truth to worship our Heavenly Father in Spirit and truth. In the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

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