Upon reading the Bible, you find a variety of names in the Old and New Testaments the Lord gives or specifically calls those who follow Him. Such as: Christians, Sons, Disciples, Jewels (or Treasured Possession), Ambassadors, Friends, Servants, Stewards, Saints and Witnesses.
It is the last name we will examine more closely during our worship this Sunday. One of the places where this word stands out is Acts 1:8. Jesus’ last words to His followers, before His ascension to heaven, was to charge them with the task of taking the Gospel everywhere. As we read in our key verse that includes: Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the whole world.
That task of taking the Gospel everywhere could only be accomplished if His followers were willing to do as He said and “Go.” They went and the result was astounding. In the Book of Acts you find words like “multiplied” (Acts 6:1, 7), and “added” (Acts 2:41, 47, 5:14, and 11:24) that refer to the outcome of their witnessing. People everywhere heard the Good News and followed Jesus.
The exponential growth that we read about in the early church happened because of the witness of the people - their undeniable obedience to the Lord. Following the formula in Acts 1:8 always works.
The lesson this week is a prelude to our “Mission Focus Sunday” next week when Jack and Alysia Kinney and family will be joining us. They will share their journey of following the Lord wholeheartedly as His witnesses.
I look forward to this Sunday. We had a GREAT day on Easter Sunday and we will have a great day this Sunday too.
You are loved,