-excerpts from Anthony Vance’s Evening Sermon
“The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow Me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.” -John 1:43-44
Who’s your Philip? And will you take him to the throne of grace, knowing that Philip’s only hope is Jesus? And will you ask Jesus to go find Philip–to call him and make him His own? -Anthony Vance
To be a faithful witness, we must understand our assignment. We have some “splainin'” to do!
John the Baptist, an exemplary faithful witness, not only pointed people to Jesus but also explained Jesus to people. We want people to know HIM–not just know ABOUT Him.
Sunday Morning | Pastor Steve Wainright
Paul: His Master, His Office, & His Purpose | Romans 1:1
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God…” -Romans 1:1
In the first verse of Romans, Paul shares three simple facts about himself: his Master, his office, and his purpose.
He was a servant of Christ Jesus, who loved him and gave Himself for him. He was an apostle, sent by God to speak of Him…to be His witness. He was set apart for the Gospel of God before he was even born.
The point of your life is to be a witness of the Gospel of God. Are you being one?
“For thou shalt be His witnesses unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.” -Acts 22:15
Paul was chosen to see and hear the Lord speaking to him out of heaven. This divine election was a high privilege for himself; but it was not intended to end with him; it was meant to have an influence upon others, yea, upon all men. It is to Paul that Europe owes the gospel at this hour.
It is ours in our measure to be witnesses of that which the Lord has revealed to us, and it is at our peril that we hide the precious revelation. First, we must see and hear, or we shall have nothing to tell; but when we have done so, we must be eager to bear our testimony. It must be personal: “Thou shalt be.” It must be for Christ: “Thou shalt be his witness.” It must be constant and all absorbing; we are to be this above all other things and to the exclusion of many other matters. Our witness must not be to a select few who will cheerfully receive us but to “all men” — to all whom we can reach, young or old, rich or poor, good or bad. We must never be silent like those who are possessed by a dumb spirit; for the text before us is a command, and a promise, and we must not miss it — “Thou shalt be his witness.” “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord.”
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Sunday Morning | Pastor Steve Wainright | Luke 24:44-49 | Audio
Then He said to them, “These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His Name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. -Luke 24:44-47
Jesus spoke about things that were written of Him all throughout the Old Testament in the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms. Do your hearts burn within you when you see Christ in the Old Testament? Share it with others! Don’t limit yourself as a witness.