What can I tell others about Jesus?

 Focal Passage: Acts 1:8; 2:22-24,32-42

Life Question: What can I tell others about Jesus?

Biblical Truth: Jesus commanded His disciples to be witnesses.

 

What types of things do we typically tell others about?

Ans. Our successes/victories, failures, media reviews, life experiences, and so on

 

We typically don't have any problem telling others about things that happen to us.

 

Folks who were spared during the Tennessee tornadoes recently have been quoted saying, when someone tells you to take cover for fear of a tornado, do so immediately.

 

We share all kinds of things that happen to us, but do we share the best thing that has ever happened to us? Our salvation experience and how others can experience it for themselves.

 

Acts 1:1-8

The now-risen Jesus spent 40 days proving to people that He was alive and continued to teach them about the kingdom of God. He encouraged them to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit, which would come as soon as He left them. Jesus told His followers to be His witness in Jerusalem, in Judea, in Samaria, and all around the world.

 

What do “Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria” refer to today?

 

These were the last recorded words of Jesus.

 Have you ever considered what your last words might be?

 What would you say?

 

If you knew that you were about to die, what is the last thing you would want your family and friends to hear?

 

Are you actively seeking ways to be His witnesses in all three areas?

 

Acts 2:22-24,32-36

The Holy Spirit indeed came to dwell among His people. On the Day of Pentecost, people began to speak in different languages—something that is hard for us to understand.

 

Peter had been the one who just weeks earlier had denied the fact that he even knew Jesus, now he addressed the crowd. He gave one of the most remarkable testimonies in all of history.

 

Peter testified that Jesus was sent by God to fulfill God’s purpose, that He was crucified for the sins of humanity, and that He rose from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of God. He boldly laid out the gospel in simple terms, and all ears were attentive.

 

The people with Peter were confused. Everyone was speaking in a different language. It was through the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Acts 2:37-42

Verse 37 reads: “pierced in the heart” (HCSB), “cut to the heart” (NIV). The Word of God has the ability to penetrate even the hardest of hearts.

 

Throughout Peter’s speech, he quoted Scripture. He knew the Word. He was familiar with the prophecies of Joel and the writings of David.

 

Are you actively memorizing Scriptures? Learning and studying the Scripture is important.

 

Psalm 119:9; Psalm 119:105; Matthew 24:35; 2 Timothy 3:16.

 

We can never say enough persuasive words to draw people to Jesus Christ. It is only by the work of the Holy Spirit through God’s Word.

 

The Word

 Keeps us from sin;

 Is our direction for life;

 Is eternal;

 Is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training.

Teaching: what is right;

Rebuking: what is not right;

Correcting: how to get right;

Training: how to stay right.

 

Using what he knew from both Scripture and personal experience with the Savior, Peter was able to lead nearly 3,000 people to the Lord in one afternoon. This was the start of the New Testament Church.

 

Do you think it is still possible for one person to make an eternal difference in the kingdom of God?

 

Can God use weak people (like Peter and us) to make a difference?

 

What keeps you from sharing the gospel? Time? Fear? Pride?

 

Who are the people in your circle of influence that do not yet know Jesus Christ?

 

Has God laid someone on your heart to witness to this week? Pray daily for them and for opportunities to share with them.

 

Will you be obedient to the last command of Jesus Christ to be His witness?