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God promises that He will be with us and empower us for the work of the ministry. We must embrace both the call and the calling.

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Mark 16:20 KJV 1900
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Mark 16:20 KJV 1900
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
The Disciples responded
The Disciples responded
++They went
++They preached
++Signs followed

This next level witnessing

Next Level Witnessing

Our Goal
++Confidence
++Competence
++Courage

A mature understanding of God

Growth Stages
++The existence of God
++The Knowing about God
++To know God
++To be known by God
Our Vision is to be
++Committed Followers of Jesus Christ
++Powerful in Prayer
++Purposeful in Life
++Effective in our witness
Our witness is not based upon
++Personal Achievement
++Attained Knowledge
Our witness is about
++An encounter
++An impartation
++A revelation
God was with them and they knew it
Mark 16:20 KJV 1900
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Mark 16:20 KJV 1900
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
The Lord
They went
They preached
Signs followed
This next level witnessing
Our Goal
++Was with them
Confidence
Competence
++Was Working
Courage
++Confirmed the Word
A mature understanding of God

This is the Next in Witness

Today I believe God is Calling his church
He is calling us
++Back to him
++Into an encounter
++To come that we might go
He knows that unless we come
++We won't Go
++We can't Go
Next level witnessing
++Cannot be taught
++It is Caught
God is releasing a fresh fire upon his church. It is a prophetic anointing to call the world unto him. The call is going out and his anointing is being poured out again.

Do you know God is with you?

Because God was with them
++God's work could be done
++God's work was confirmed
++God's Power was demonstrated
The Body of Christ has been experiencing a power shortage.
We have the right
++Theology
++Process
++Vision
Without God's Power
++Preaching is just a speech
++Preaching is just entertaining
++Preaching elevates our emotions
++Preaching doesn't bring change
It's a new day now.
God's power is available

Will you access the power?

How do I do it?
Can I do it by
++Reading the right book?
++Listening to the right preacher
++Going to the right church
All these are important but there is one thing missing.
Psalm 27:4 KJV 1900
4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.
Psalms 27:4
One thing I desire
One thing I desire
++To dwell in your house
++To behold you
++To hear from you
I just wanna be close to you.
Mark 10:21 KJV 1900
21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Mark 10:21
One thing missing
One thing missing
++He wouldn't go
++He wouldn't sell all
++He wouldn't give all
His treasure was limited
++To what earth could provide
++To temporal things
No wonder he walked away sad.
++He didn't Go
++He still had his stuff
All he had to do
++Was come
++Take the cross that Jesus share
++And Follow him
What a testimony he could have had of the full sufficiency of God's grace.
But he went away sad because he had great wealth.
John 6:28–29 KJV 1900
28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
John 6:28-29

And He said just Believe

That you Believe
Just Believe
Romans 10:14–15 KJV 1900
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Romans 10:14-15

And He said just believe

Something happens when Faith arises
++Mountains Move
++Seas Calm
++Demons Tremble
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John 7:37-39
John 7:37–39 KJV 1900
37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
John 7:37-39
God is releasing a fresh fire upon his church. It is a prophetic anointing to call the world unto him. The call is going out and his anointing is being poured out again.

The Next in our Witness

Today I believe God is Calling his church
He is calling us
Back to him
Into an encounter
To come that we might go
He knows that unless we come
We won't Go
We can't Go
Next level witnessing
Cannot be taught
God is releasing a fresh fire upon his church. It is a prophetic anointing to call the world unto him. The call is going out and his anointing is being poured out again.
It is Caught
God is releasing a fresh fire upon his church. It is a prophetic anointing to call the world unto him. The call is going out and his anointing is being poured out again.
What will he pour out?
Fire

Being with Jesus

Luke 3:16–17 KJV 1900
16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.
Authority
Luke 9:1–2 KJV 1900
1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Luke 9:1-2
Being with Jesus brings
Authority
Boldness
Acts 4:13
Acts 4:13 KJV 1900
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
Being with Jesus brings
Authority
Boldness
Clarity
1 John 1:1, 3, 5
Mark 16:20 KJV 1900
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Mark 16:20

This is next level witnessing

God is releasing a fresh fire upon his church. It is a prophetic anointing to call the world unto him. The call is going out and his anointing is being poured out again.
This is next level witnessing
What will he pour out?
Fire

The Promise

Luke 3:16–17 KJV 1900
16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.
Luke 3:16–17 KJV 1900
16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.
Next level witness will go beyond
++The foundational
++The fundamentals
++It will be infused with Fire
Not only is he pouring it out
He is fanning the flame

The effects of fire

Proverbs 6:27 KJV 1900
27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, And his clothes not be burned?
Why we need the fire
Proverbs 6:27 KJV 1900
27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, And his clothes not be burned?
Why we need the fire
++It illuminates
++It reveals
++It purifies
++It consumes

Everyone is effected by fire

There are no exceptions
++If you get too close
++If you stop stay close
++You will be burned.

And the Church that needs to be consumed is maintaining a safe distance.

Our God is a Consuming fire

To draw near to him will bring change
Will bring change
++Our countenance
++Our Confidence
++Our commitment
++Change our testimony
Jeremiah 20:9 KJV 1900
9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, Nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, And I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
Jer 20:9
Next level Witness

Then I … could not stay.

Jeremiah 20:9 KJV 1900
9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, Nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, And I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
ext level Witness
++Will require a fire
++Burning within
++Word in our heart
Acts 4:13 KJV 1900
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
Being with Jesus brings
Luke 3:16 KJV 1900
16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
Being with Jesus brings
++Authority
++Boldness
Luke 9:1–2 KJV 1900
1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Luke 3:16 KJV 1900
16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
Beng with Jesus brings
Being with Jesus brings
Authority
Luke 9:1–2 KJV 1900
1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Being with Jesus brings
Being with Jesus brings
Authority
++Boldness
Acts 4:13 KJV 1900
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
Being with Jesus brings
Being with Jesus brings
Authority
Boldness
++Clarity
1 John 1:1 KJV 1900
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
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1 John 1:3 KJV 1900
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
John , 3, 5
1 John 1:5 KJV 1900
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
, 3, 5
Mark 16:20 KJV 1900
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

This is next level witnessing

This is next level witnessing
Our Vision is to be
++Committed Followers of Jesus Christ
++Powerful in Prayer
++Purposeful in Life
++Effective in our witness
Our witness is not based upon
++What we know
++What we have seen
++What we have done
Our witness is about
++What He as done
++What He is doing
They
++Went forth
++Preached
++God was with them
++and they knew it
Parting Words
Because God was with them
God's work could be done
God's work was confirmed
God's Power was demonstrated
The Body of Christ has been experiencing a power shortage.
We have the right
Theology
Process
Vision
Without God's Power
Preaching is just a speech
Preaching is just entertaining
Preaching elevates our emotions
Preaching doesn't bring change
It's a new day now.
God's power is available
Matthew 28:19–20 KJV 1900
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Will you access the power?
How do I do it?
Can I do it by
reading the right book?
Listening to the right preacher
Going to the right church
All these are important but there is one thing missing.
One thing I desire
To dwell in your house
To behold you
To hear from you
I just wanna be close to you.
One thing missing
He wouldn't go
He wouldn't sell all
In Jesus' parting words He commands his disciples to Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.
He wouldn't give all
His treasure was limited
To what earth could provide
To temporal things
No wonder he walked away sad.
He didn't Go
He still had his stuff
All he had to do
was come
Take the cross that Jesus share
And Follow him
What a testimony he could have had of the full sufficiency of God's grace.
But he went away sad because he had great wealth.
That you Believe
Matthew 28:19 KJV 1900
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Something happens when Faith arises
,
There is no formula

Then I … could not stay.

Jeremiah 20:9 KJV 1900
9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, Nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, And I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
Next level Witness
Will require a fire
Burning within
Word in our heart
Being with Jesus brings
Authority
Luke 9:1–2 KJV 1900
1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Being with Jesus brings
Authority
Boldness
Being with Jesus brings
Authority
Boldness
Clarity
, ,
This is next level witnessing
Our Vision is to be
Commited Followers of Jesus Christ
Powerful in Prayer
Purposeful in Life
Effective in our witness
Our witness is not based upon
What we know
What we have seen
What we have done
Our witness is about
What He as done
What He is doing
They
Went forth
Preached
God was with them
knew it
Do you know God is with you?
Because God was with them
God's work could be done
God's work was confirmed
God's Power was demonstrated
The Body of Christ has been experiencing a power shortage.
We have the right
Theology
Process
Vision
Without God's Power
Preaching is just a speech
Preaching is just entertaining
Preaching elevates our emotions
Preaching doesn't bring change
It's a new day now.
God's power is available
Will you access the power?
How do I do it?
Can I do it by
Reading the right book?
Listening to the right preacher
Going to the right church
All these are important but there is one thing missing.
One thing I desire
To dwell in your house
To behold you
To hear from you
I just wanna be close to you.
One thing missing
He wouldn't go
He wouldn't sell all
He wouldn't give all
His treasure was limited
To what earth could provide
To temporal things
No wonder he walked away sad.
He didn't Go
He still had his stuff
All he had to do
was come
Take the cross that Jesus share
And Follow him
What a testimony he could have had of the full sufficiency of God's grace.
But he went away sad because he had earthly wealth.
That you Believe
Something happens when Faith arises
,
There is no formula
Jeremiah 20:10–12 KJV 1900
10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, And we shall take our revenge on him. 11 But the Lord is with me as a mighty terrible one: Therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: They shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: Their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten. 12 But, O Lord of hosts, that triest the righteous, And seest the reins and the heart, Let me see thy vengeance on them: For unto thee have I opened my cause.

Parting Words

Matthew 28:19–20 KJV 1900
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
In Jesus' parting words He commands his disciples to Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.
to every Creature
John 27
Luke

Preach to All Creatures

Mark 16:15 KJV 1900
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Promises both Salvation and Damnation

Mark 16:16 KJV 1900
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
What you say
Invokes a decision
Establishes a direction
Determines Destiny
Becomes the conduit for faith

The Markers of Belief

Mark 16:17–18 KJV 1900
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
The Believer embraces the Authority of Christ
Devils are submitted to it
Believers confidently share in it
The power of recovery through it
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