April 30, 2017
Power to Witness
As part of the Christian & Missionary Alliance, Hope Church strives to be a “Christ-centered Acts 1:8 family.” In this message, Pastor Yogi talked about what it means for us to be a church that seeks to obey Jesus’ commission in 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.” The Holy Spirit gives us power so that we can witness to others about what God has done in our lives.
A witness is someone who tells others about what has happened to him. We are called by God to be his witnesses to people who are like us and who are nearby (Jerusalem & Judea), people who are not like us but who are close (Samaria), and people who are not like us and who are far away (the ends of the earth).
However, we have to be careful of four tendencies that will prevent us from being witnesses for Jesus. First is the tendency to make it about me. It’s not. It’s about Jesus. Second is the tendency to make it about Sunday morning services. Those are important, but there’s a lot more to do than what can be done in 90 minutes a week. Third is the tendency to try to make something happen by our own strength. We can’t do it. That’s why the Holy Spirit gives us power. Fourth is the tendency to stand around gazing. Nobody else can be the witness of what God has done in your life.