A Courageous Witness – Message #2 in the series Witness: Speaking the Gospel, Making Disciples, and Planting Churches – All for the Glory of God!
February 26, 2023
A Chapter a Day
- Sunday, February 26, Acts 15
- Monday, February 27, Acts 16
- Tuesday, February 28, Acts 17
- Wednesday, March 1, Acts 18
- Thursday, March 2, Acts 19
- Friday, March 3, Acts 20
- Saturday, March 4, Acts 21
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“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
– Jesus (Acts 1:8, ESV)
- Sunday, February 19, The First Witness
- Sunday, February 26, A Courageous Witness
- Sunday, March 5, A Spirit-Led Witness
- Sunday, March 12, A Reluctant Witness
- Sunday, March 19, A Barrier-Breaking Witness
- Sunday, March 26, A Church-Oriented Witness
- Palm Sunday, April 2, A Cross-Centered Witness
Goals of the series:
- That every follower of Christ at Ingleside will become a better-equipped and more-active verbal witness for Jesus.
- That every Inglesider will invite someone who is not yet a follower of Jesus to our Easter weekend outreach on April 8-9.
Acts 4 (ESV)
4 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.
- We should not be if there is opposition or resistance to our witness.
5 On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, 6 with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9 if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. 11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
- Our witness should be clear that salvation is found in Jesus Christ .
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 14 But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. 15 But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another, 16 saying, “What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.” 18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” 21 And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old.
- Even when there is to be silent, our witness must not .
23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,
“ ‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’—
27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
- We should ask God to give us in our witness.
παρρησία [parrhesia /par·rhay·see·ah/] 1 freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech. 1a openly, frankly, i.e without concealment. 1b without ambiguity or circumlocution. 1c without the use of figures and comparisons. 2 free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance. (Enhance Strong’s Lexicon)
- A courageous witness will be .
17 But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy 18 they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. . . .
40 and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus. (Acts 5:17-18, 40-42, ESV)
- The Greek word for “witness” is martus/martureo, from which we also get our English word “martyr” – “a person who is killed because of their religious or other beliefs.”
- A courageous and costly witness will others and will be by God.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven (Matthew 5:12a, ESV).
Featured Resource: Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J. I Packer.
Memory Verse: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23, ESV).
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