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Can I Get a Witness?

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Evangelism isn’t just about sharing with others what God has done, it is telling others what God has done in you. If you can’t tell others what God has done in you, you haven’t experienced the witness of the Holy Spirit.

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Acts 1:8 NLT
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

God’s Work in You

God’s work in you IS transformational

Results of the Holy Spirit Indwelling:
Holy Spirit guarantees life
Assures believers that they belong to God
Gives wisdom and insight
Strength is received
The moral law is obeyed
The fruit of the spirit is displayed 
Preaching and public testimony is aided
2 Corinthians 5:11–15 NLT
Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart. If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.

Being a Witness

Definition of Witness: (1) a person who has seen or can give first-hand evidence of some event; (2) a person or thing giving or serving as evidence; (3) a person who testifies, esp in a court of law, to events or facts within his own knowledge. (Collins English Dictionary)
Romans 10:14–15 HCSB
But how can they call on Him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about Him? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the gospel of good things!
Acts 1:8 NLT
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Always Be Ready

Love must always be the motivation

Colossians 3:4–5 NLT
And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.
1 Peter 3:15–16 NLT
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.
You don’t have to be a theologian! You just need the Spirit of God!
Acts 1:8 HCSB
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Be Bold!
Acts 4:31 NLT
After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.

Next Steps

Memorize Acts 1:8
Allow God to change my attitude about sharing what God has done in me with others
Invite the Holy Spirit to fill me so I can truly be His witness
Look for opportunities to share with others what God has done in my life
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