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

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.

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.

2 Corinthians 13:10 A Wiser Course of Preaching

2 Corinthians 13:10 (KJV)
Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.

There is a power that comes with the call to preach, a power of persuasion, rhetoric and influence. Not all preachers have this power to the same degree or over the same number of people but we all possess it.  A preacher is wise to recognize it and to handle the power carefully.

Paul classifies the power into just two groups:

  • The power to edification
  • The power to destruction

He does not say a preacher must always use the power to edification. There is an appropriate time to pull down and destroy. However he does indicate a desire to edify rather than destroy. I have met some preachers whose whole ministry is focused on destruction. Every message is meant to condemn intimidate cast down and tear up.

A wiser course would be to plow up only so you can plant, water, nurture and grow.

 

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2 Corinthians 13:10 A Wiser Course of Preaching

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1 Corinthians 14:6 New Testament Preaching

1 Corinthians 14:6 (KJV)
Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

The focus of this chapter is the edification of the church. At the time of this writing the gift of tongues, as it was found in the Book of Acts, still existed (or at least some still remembered when it existed) but it was fading away. It was a gift exclusively belonging to those of the apostolic era. It had no value after the Word of God was finalized and so ceased. That doesn’t mean people who liked to be seen didn’t make up their own versions of the gift.

Paul’s instructions in the chapter are intended to build maturity in the believers; stop focusing on yourselves and put your efforts into the church God has made you a member of. In this regard Paul writes of the four styles of message that profits a church. No doubt they had unique meaning to the apostles but they also have value today:

Revelation
Means to reveal a thing. It’s opening the Bible and making it plain. A difficult passage brought to light.

Knowledge
This word is related to science (the real kind, not falsely so called). I think it could relate to application. People profit when the preacher can show them how to live out the Bible.

Prophesy
This word means prediction. Here is the preacher reminding his congregation of Bible promises yet to be fulfilled.

Doctrine
It means instruction but I want to keep it at its root. Every preacher needs to teach his congregation the doctrinal truths that give his faith: distinction, justification and grounding.

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1 Corinthians 14:6 New Testament Preaching

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Romans 12:3 The Grace to Preach

Romans 12:3 (KJV)
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

It is generally agreed that the grace to which Paul refers is his authority as one called of God into the ministry.

He did not speak from an educated position
Though Paul was the most educated of the apostles.

He did not speak from the perspective of personal experience
Though Paul had witnessed a great deal from which to draw in his years as a Christian.

He did not speak as one who was beloved of his audience
Though there were some whose love for Paul would have motivated them to act.

Paul spoke as one with authority due to his office
A preacher is wisest when he speaks from this same grace. Though he may be able to lead people to action by other means, the only long-term results of his ministry will come from his study of the Scriptures and authoritative, confident declaration of them.

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Romans 1:2 Rooted to the Old Testament

Romans 1:2 (KJV)
(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

The apostle insisted, and will spend a great deal of this book proving, that the gospel was no new thing but promised in the Old Testament.

There is too much disparaging of the Old Testament in today’s Christianity. There is:

  • Too little preaching of it
  • Too little application of it
  • Too little instruction concerning its place in New Testament faith

The foundational truths of the gospel are rooted in the Old Testament. Therefore a proper understanding of the gospel is not possible without an understanding of the Old Testament.

Paul, preaching to a Gentile church, began by assuring his audience his message was rooted to the Old Testament. We must do no less.

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Acts 10:6 What We Ought To Do

Acts 10:6 (KJV)
He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.

God told Cornelius that there was a man who would tell him, “..what thou oughtest to do.

  • He would not tell him what he had to do.
  • He would not tell him what others thought he should do.
  • He would not tell him what the philosophers and scholars suggested he do.

He would tell him what he ought to do.

Peter’s words would come not from books or traditions handed down from Judaism. Peter’s words would come from:

  • His three years experience with Jesus,
  • His own understanding of the Word of God and
  • His anointing with the Holy Spirit of God

Very few people like to be told what to do but everyone needs a preacher to tell them what they ought to do.

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Acts 10:6 What We Ought To Do

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Mark 4:34 (KJV) Two Levels of Teaching

Mark 4:34 (KJV)
But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

There are two levels of teaching implied in this passage; there is the broader message to the multitudes and the more explicit and meaningful message given to the disciples.

It is not wrong to preach to the crowds, knowing that when you do so the message is of necessity going to be broad and general. The problem I think comes when that is all the message anyone ever gets. When the preacher pushes for large attendance at every service, for instance, he will almost surely, even if subconsciously, generalize his message. There is nothing wrong with ever growing smaller circles of contact because the smaller the circle the more specific can be the message. When we finally get down to just one or two, then the teaching is most likely at its highest level of effectiveness.

No preacher should disregard the multitudes just as no Christian should skip the general assemblies of our services. But neither should the preacher isolate himself from smaller venues nor should the Christian satisfy himself with only the one, larger service.

All of us should seek value in every venue of teaching: the general assembly on Sunday Morning, the tighter, more specific message of Sunday evenings, the closeknit teaching that happens in the mid week and opportunities for questions and discussion one on one or with just a handful with the pastor.

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Mark 4:34 (KJV) Two Levels of Teaching

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Building Biblical Ministries

1 Timothy 2:7 KJV

Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

 

There are two ways a person can view the last phrase of this verse:

The apostle was a teacher of the Gentiles “in faith and verity.”

 

Meaning he accepted his calling by faith and was in truth a teacher of the Gentiles

Paul’s ministry was challenged by the Jews, the Gentiles and by a significant number of believers. Still Paul insisted that he was in fact an apostle. He was in fact personally called and set apart for this work by the Lord. He was in fact the twelfth of the twelve.

 

Meaning that his teaching ministry to the Gentiles focused on two subjects:

Faith; the faith that saves, the practice of that faith in daily living.

 

Truth; verity is another form of the word. Another word would be doctrine; the truths upon which faith is built. Genuine faith cannot stand on anything short of truth. While faith is not sight, neither is it without substance. Faith thrives on the truths of the Bible. Give a person faith but neglect to give him doctrine and he will soon wither in the heat of testing.

 

Biblical ministries are built upon faith and verity.

 

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