a cross to witness to Christ

Power, Perseverance, and WITNESS!

Our passage today is from Acts 21:17-22:30. The church’s sermon is titled “Power, Perseverance, and WITNESS!”. This is a summary of Pastor Robbie Symons sermon from Hope Bible Church in Oakville, Ontario. Here you can find a summary of last weekend’s message titled Conviction over Convenience. This week’s whole church service is available in the video below.

The moment our life is transformed by Christ is the same moment we become witnesses for Him. Everything within us compels us to tell everyone what we now know. We were dead and Jesus raised us from the dead, we want to tell everyone.

The Witness SHOWS Up

Acts 21:17-26. Let’s remember what the Holy Spirit had promised Paul when he gets to Jerusalem. He guaranteed that Paul will be imprisoned. The enemy would have accused him so much during that time. We can’t even imagine what he would have gone through from a human perspective. However, in all of that, he chose to show up. Sometimes the hardest thing for us is to show up. Despite the difficulty, God blesses the choice to show up. It shows our dependence on Him. You can’t be a witness if you don’t show up. Showing up means that we need to also present the gospel. It’s not enough to show up and not be prepared to share the gospel. Jesus prophesied that in the end days the love of many will grow cold.

The Witness is BEAT Up

Acts 21:27-36. The Jews from Asia were probably from Ephesus. These guys really hated Paul. The reason for that was probably because Paul had stayed in Ephesus for 3 years where many lives were changed. It’s interesting to see that a few years earlier, Paul was the one who led a mob to stone Stephen. Paul shows up by faith, then gets beat up so that he could become a witness for Christ.

The Witness SPEAKS Up

Acts 22:1-21. Paul begs for an opportunity to speak. He’s not there to survive, but he’s there to testify and witness. Paul was a man on a mission. Remember that the mob beat him. He was therefore hurt, wounded, and bleeding. The easy thing for him was to go rest in a prison cell instead of begging to speak to the people!

‘Paul replied, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no obscure city. I beg you, permit me to speak to the people.” ‘

Acts 21:39

When was the last time we begged God for a chance to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ? When difficulty comes, we often plead and beg for ease and comfort. A few of us share our faith because so few of us beg God for the opportunity to do so.

The crowd listened to Paul’s sermon up to the point where he started talking about God sending him to the gentiles. They did not want to hear anything about God saving gentiles.

‘And he said to me, ‘Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ ” Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live.” ‘

Acts 22:21-22

As we see in the following verse, in all this difficult time for Paul, Jesus personally appeared to Paul to encourage Him. What an incredible encouragement!!!

‘ The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.” ‘

Acts 23:11

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