Find a Way to Witness

 

  1. PHILIP FOUND SOMEONE TO HELP HIM BRING THEM TO JESUS

John 12:20-22 (KJV)
And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:
The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.
Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

 

2. PETER PREACHED TO A CROWD ON PENTECOST

Acts 2:14 (KJV)
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

 

3. PETER AND JOHN HELPED A GUY WHO WAS CRIPPLED

Acts 3:1-7 (KJV)
Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

 

4. PHILIP FOUND A GUY READING THE BIBLE

Acts 8:26-35 (KJV)
And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

 

5. BARNABAS AND SAUL TRAVELLED THE WORLD

Acts 13:2-4 (KJV)
As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

6. EACH OF US NEEDS TO FIND A WAY

To be a witness and to see some saved.

Find a way to witness

Acts 27:29 Wishing For The Day

Act 27:29
Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.

The sailors had done all they could do. They had labored and, to the best of their ability, plied their skills against Euroclydon. So they cast their anchors and “wished for the day.”

Daylight would not solve their problem. It could very well spell their doom. But at least they could look their problem in the eyes. They could confront their situation head on.

No good thing comes from hiding in the shadows of difficulty. Regardless of the storm we face we are always best to face it and deal with it.

It’s Complicated

Every once in awhile I will receive a survey. It will be something like “why do I prefer this particular deodorant, or some silly thing like that. The first part of the survey is always a series of questions meant to establish a baseline and determine the demographics of their survey audience. They ask questions like general age, educational background, ethnic background, annual income and etc. one of those questions regards marital status and it is not uncommon for that question to be multiple choice:

  • Single
  • Married
  • It’s complicated

No it’s not. It is not complicated. A person is either married or single. The only thing that complicates the point is that some people don’t wish to be identified according to the obvious. 

This demonstrates a key issue in our world today. Walking in integrity, doing the right thing, is not complicated at all. It is as simple as accepting the authorities that determine right and wrong, and choosing right over wrong. What complicates the situation is that we want to reconcile what is right with what we want.

Psalms 1:1-6 The Path of Blessing

Psalms 1:1-6 (KJV)
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Happiness is the result of:

I. SEPARATION 

  1. The counsel
  2. The way
  3. The seat

II. SCRIPTURES 

  1. An affection
  2. An attention
  3. An addiction

III. STABILITY 

  1. He’s planted
  2. He’s productive
  3. He’s prosperous

the blessed man on a certain,

IV. STREET

He is happy because he knows where it ends.

Psalms 40:10 It’s Meant To Be Shared

Psalms 40:10 (KJV)
I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

As important as it is to have the Word of God hidden in our hearts, it must never stay there alone.

  • To know the Christ has saved us
  • To be sure we have a home in heaven
  • To have free access to the throne of grace
  • To possess the blessed hope of Jesus’ return

These are treasures indeed. But they were never meant to be buried away in our hearts.

  • The gospel is limitless.
  • The mercy is free flowing.
  • God’s love extends to all.

Therefore the duty of the possessor of this righteousness is to lay it out in the open for all to receive.

 

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Hebrews 12:1 The Key Is to Run

Hebrews 12:1 (KJV)
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

The New Testament frequently employs the metaphor of the race to describe the Christian life. In this case there are three lessons drawn:

First, we have an audience
I was on my high school track team a couple of years. There is a group who comes to watch the events but the majority of our spectators were fellow athletes; those who had run or were just about to. This is the same in the Christian life. Those in eternity are called a great cloud of witnesses. The passage does not mention them but we know there is a younger generation watching us.

Second, we run this race patiently
It’s a long distance course, not a sprint. A few of the more notables in the Christian world would do well to see it that way.

Thirdly, it is set differently for each of us
It’s going to play out uniquely for every one of us. We are:

  • Wired differently
  • Gifted differently
  • Situated differently and

have different advantages and disadvantages than others. The course can look exactly the same and still be a completely different race for everyone on it.

The key is to run the race. Run it faithfully, run it unhindered by sin.

Psalms 35:3 True Assurance

Psalms 35:3 (KJV)
Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.

Over the years since my salvation I have seen a number of things offered to provide assurance of salvation. One well-known soul winner instructs in his soul winning class to “give them assurance.” Interestingly, in soul winning he never assumes a soul to be saved and, if he can lead them to pray, he will, even if they have done so before. He figures, I think, that if the previous soul winner failed to give assurance he failed to lead them to Christ.

Baptism is presented in the Word of God as “an answer of a good conscience.”[1]In other words, it may serve to provide assurance. I think also that, in many respects, the book of 1st John might be viewed as instructions for assurance.

Some people have a false assurance.

They are merely confident in the flesh. They see themselves as good and cannot imagine God ever condemning them.

I am convinced that the truly saved are sure of their salvation. I have come to believe the only reliable assurance of salvation is the witness of God’s Spirit with our spirit.

And that is the prayer of the Psalmist.

  • In the midst of all his pain
  • In his prayers for deliverance and help

he cries unto God this plea, “say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.” Regardless how God answers our other prayers, if we have an answer for this one, we are safe.

[1]1 Peter 3:21 (KJV)
The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

 

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Am I Doing Something Wrong?

God’s not up in heaven waiting to spank us for every little thing we do wrong. He does: 

  • train us 
  • chasten us 
  • discipline us 

but He does that most often through the natural system He has put into place in this world.

 

Most often when a person asks the question, “Am I doing something wrong?” they already have the answer. It has something to do with 

  • an attitude that they have or with 
  • an action they are involved in or with 
  • an inaction that they are responsible for 

This world has an established course of of operation; things that work and things that don’t work. Wise people learn those things that work. Wise people learn those things that don’t work. Wisdom is the application of knowledge. It’s putting into practice what we know to work successfully.

So The answer to the question, “Am I doing something wrong?” is, “Yes. and No.” If you’re having trouble in business or succeeding in life then, yes you’re not following that natural course that leads to success. 

But if you mean, is God judging you and that’s why you’re having trouble in your life, the answer is no. The judgment for the Christian is already accomplished. God’s not judging you by 

  • making your business fail or by 
  • making your marriage fail or by 
  • making your children fail 

Those are all consequences of poor choices that we’ve made or lack of knowledge that we have.

The good news is this means we can do something about those problems. We can gain the knowledge that we don’t have. We can change the behavior that we’re doing. We can adjust the attitude of our mind. We can gain the wisdom to apply what we know.

1 Timothy 6:20-21 O Timothy

THERE IS A TRUST
1 Timothy 6:20 KJV
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

  1. Paul knew that the ministry was going to get more difficultas time when on and that it would become increasingly important to focus on the faith once delivered.
    1. We are to avoid, which means to deflect, to turnor twistout
  2. profane and vain babblings and oppositions of science falsely so called.

THERE IS A TRUTH
1 Timothy 6:20 KJV
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

  1. I have discovered that too much of what science professes to know is not knowledge at all but theory.

They begin all of their studies on the premise that the God of the Bible does not existand try to find answers to their questions that do not include that God.

They propose theories and study one another’s theories

2. If there is a scientific fact that the Bible apparently contradicts,

I would suggest that the problem is with their understanding of the Bible and not with the truths that exist either in science or the Bible.

THERE IS A TASK
1 Timothy 6:20-21
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
Which some professing have erred concerning the faith….

  1. We, who are the children of the Living God, have been given a wonderful treasure in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. To do so would be to err concerning the faith.

The truth is so important that we must not allow ourselves to be turned from that which is committed to our trust.

We must keep and guard it at all costs.

Romans 11:13 What’s Common Over What’s Different

Romans 11:13 (KJV)
For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

Though the word church is not used specifically of Romans, that it is written to a church in Rome is clear. He references the church in Cenchrea and the church in the house of Priscilla and Aquila.

Interestingly, the first portion of the book seems to be written from a Jewish perspective and to Jewish Christians. This passage is clearly written to Gentile Christians. They are obviously in the same church and/or in cooperating churches, i.e. churches of like faith.

This supports, in my view, the principle of Christians dropping their ethnic backgrounds (though perhaps not completely forgetting them) and uniting together in a local church. Inside the church there is neither Jew nor Gentile but the church of God. There are Christians bound together for a common purpose. There are believers focused on their common commission and not their national and cultural differences.

 

To my readers:
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