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April 18, 2022 8:00 am
It is only faithful witnessing the power of the wholeness is gonna bring about permanent change in our country in the world. How by bringing change people of God, thank you for connecting to leading the way audio content, teaching pastor Dr. and International Bible teacher, Dr. Michael you sent living for Christ is not easy especially in 2022. Standing for truth has become particularly divisive is people immediately.
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To testify in a court of law as a witness.
You are not expected to present a legal argument. You're not expected to expound on some final points of the law. You are even expected to know about the theory of jurisprudence when you are subpoenaed to the court as a witness. You're only required to do three things required.
Say what you saw what you heard what you have experienced is always required of you as a witness Jesus, knowing the importance of the eyewitness testimony, the loss is said to his disciples, the loss of words that he left with him before he was a splendid 11 be my witnesses be my witnesses visit thing. The front straight through the book of acts is the theme of witnessing. In fact, Dr. Luke tells us all that we need to know about witnessing and about our message very simply vertically return please in your Bible, the book of acts first 11 verses of chapter 1 is going to tell you about this 11 verses you must know something of vital importance about those first 11 verses in the book of acts. They are a historic documentation of the period of time between Jesus's resurrection from the dead, and his ascension into heaven. 40 days convinced and 11 versus those are six things in this 11 verses number one is telling us that our message is this person verses one and two of chapter 1 of the book of acts I'll message is this person I want to listen very carefully. The Christian faith is the only faith where the message is a messenger it's only faith dig out of Buddhism. You still have the Buddhist teachings to question out of Hinduism.
You still have the Hindu teachings, but not so the Christian faith.
Why, because these religions. Most of the religions that all the religions of the world are basically male set of principles and teachings. That's on the Christian faith. Jesus Christ, out of Christianity end up with a dead corpse is not safe at all so all message is this person and without Jesus Christ we have no message Jesus did not merely teach us about God is God. Jesus did not merely tell us about salvation. He is our salvation.
Jesus did not really tell us about the wages of our sins not on the wages of our sin on his body on the cross, Jesus did not merely point us to God only way to God and he is the only way to God. Jesus was not just a good man. He was a perfect man, sinless man, and therefore his only government can spend between God and man our faith is not based merely on some good words that are recorded in the book no our faith is based on historically proven living resurrected Jesus Christ is not really a set of moral and ethical rules.
No phrase is said in a personal God who empowers us to live up to his moral and ethical spend a message. Therefore, business person. We have no other message. Secondly, his manifestation is proof. Look at verse three, you know, I am absolutely flabbergasted.
I'm amazed I shouldn't be surprised, but I do get surprised every now and again about the intellectual dishonesty of some so-called theologians and historians, I am aghast at times at the intellectual dishonesty that would easily accept the account of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius back in A.D. 79 that was recorded by a boy who was 17 years old. They will think that they will accept it as a historical fact. I know would never question it, and they have the audacity to question the testimony of more than 500 eyewitnesses of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is a fact of history and subjective resurrection for all historical testings, it will pass with flying, and therefore there is no honest historian, honest theologian without the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In fact, grocery of chapter 1 of the book of acts tells us he says so is it after his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave listen carefully on the line with the new Bible. Many convincing proofs that he was alive. Many of these eyewitnesses stood there before the cross brace all the nails in his hands and his feet. They watch it with all eyes, many of them saw him pull down from the cross. Many of them saw him die. Many of them saw his body being. And then you saw him again very alive. Many of them couldn't even believe it is a complete own ears, but as for 40 days as you talk to them as you walked with them as he ate with them as he told them some very important things about the kingdom of God.
They not only were convinced of his resurrection they were ready to die for the sake of Christ and for the sake of the conviction of what this so with their own eyes and that is why as a scientist, Dr. Luke uses words such as convincing proofs seeking you some smart Alec at some university somewhere going to say well they must've imagined resurrection. There were so preoccupied with grief that when this on Angela thought he was Jesus for 40 days talking to them about all kinds of things and only then he put on this note because officer years with them.
He was telling things that only they can understand they would know so what is this leave us with the four steps here of vital importance your writing taken down is with Lucas trying to tell us number one hearsay that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a fact of history is undeniable, and therefore, the next step has to be that he must be God of very God is God of very God and therefore the third step is that everything that he says must be the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth out of his resurrection is a fact of history, and if he is God of very God and because he speaks the truth and nothing but the truth. Therefore, the last step of vital importance. Is this every human being on the face of the earth is going to be judged based on how they have accepted him or rejected him. That's with Dr. Luke is trying to tell us about the resurrection of Jesus Christ message is this person. His manifestation is our proof. Sadly, his mind is our promise. Look at verses four and five of acts chapter 1 is my desire, promise, and if there's one thing the modern Christians do not runs contrary to the teaching of the Scripture. It is there over emphasis on programs but I understand how human nature loves to focus on the program. I understand this this program with that program understand human nature would like to go around the look and find a program that has worked somewhere and that's implanted let's just import it and use it because it's going to be used as when the program works. Who gets the glory.
The program Ferguson Lori, the methodology gets the glory.
The clever people devise the program and that is why Jesus wanted his disciples not to depend on a program not to depend on their ingenuity not to depend on the abilities of the bed on the negative balance being witnesses would Jesus Christ know so commanded them to wait for the Holy Spirit to come, because when the mic on the part of the holders to come upon the there will be fruitful. Witnesses on the Old Testament.
The Holy Spirit of God. The third person of the Trinity and he's a person, but never for them as it he is equal with the father and the son in the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was sent from heaven to accomplish a task. The Holy Spirit will soon appoint a person to do a job and then returns back to heaven and that is why there are number of prophecies in the Old Testament that tell us that the Holy Spirit one day is coming to dwell on the earth permanently prophecy after prophecy in the Old Testament that says one day one day the Holy Spirit is going to come on when he comes is going to be poured out is going to dwell on the earth permanently and so I next chapter 1 verses four and five, Jesus was telling the disciples to wait for the fulfillment of all these prophecies the fulfillment of all these promises coming and when he comes permanently to dwell on the earth is going to give them power to be effective witnesses for him and that is why Jesus told him to wait until they received the Holy Spirit. They were out 2000 years later the Holy Spirit is here because the moment the Holy Spirit was given Pentecost. He remained on the earth. What is he doing is going around his opening blind eyes lightning dark hearts like yours and mine and showing us what sinful people we are. How desperately needs the salvation of the Lord that has become open and repent and turn from our sins and receive Jesus as Savior and Lord has with the Holy Spirit dies first and foremost assist power company can do that. Trish can do that another number is you can do that all Christian committee can do what he can do that all of our money and what we cannot do that only the Holy Spirit does.
That is why witnessing without the power of the Holy Spirit will produce no results.
No results. I'll message is his portion. His manifestation is our proof is my is our promise forcefully, the Masters plan is our priority.
The Masters plan is our priority in every church, every denomination, every Christian institution. I hope that every home they have the list of priorities. That's good, but they will not live long enough to see some very sorry priorities on the agenda of some denominations and some churches.
I will tell you there are some Christians who would die for some ritual or some find out God, my somewhere that has nothing maybe to do with the gospel for this.
How committed they are to whatever it is I give an example. There are some people that some Christians who are so convinced of how and when the end of times going to be that if you have a question them to question your salvation.
That would just convince like they just know well the sum disciples were like that. They really although hung up on when Jesus coming back was going establish is where we can appreciate in the kingdom of God.
When all is going to be great in power and light and asked Jesus the quest see some of the more convinced that is soon time he rose again and now must be six going to be soon must be somehow coming up now.
Any moment James and John the gotta be on the right and left one is going to be the second of next check on what is going to be the vice president was going to be the Jesus one is it tell us that there were so convinced about his ultimate through what I had to tell you, Jesus's response was so disappointing. Look at verse seven of acts one. But you know what I'm going to do when you give your use of transmission of this essay is not coming back establish multiple kingdom.
Your job is to be my witnesses job is to testify for you.
Your job is to tell about the resurrection.
Your job is to tell about possible basic job number is your time worrying about dates as foolishness.
If you want another prerogative.
Jesus look at verse seven right here verse seven of acts. One, it is not for you to know the palms and the date you be my weaknesses and that is why Jesus goes on to verse eight, which is my fifth point and his sister them your mission, shall be my program, not yours.
We all love programs we all have our programs.
Jesus is no. If you really want to do my mission. You have to have my program and my program is for you to be my witnesses but you can only do that through the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, you have to be walking with me in the spirit day after day moment after moment. Otherwise you will lose a part of the Holy Spirit to have the part of the Holy Spirit in your witnessing your effective witnessing for Christ half half a daily, moment by moment walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. Please I wanted to listen carefully.
See, this is our only hope in this nation.
This is our only hope in the sky was all hope in the world. I believe with all my heart that there is a place for political involvement. There is a place for tomorrow reformation that is a place for Christian education is a place for taking public stand is a place for expressing your worldview as a Christian, but of everything I understand from the word of God.
It is this is only faithful witnessing through the power of the Holy Spirit is going to bring about permanent change in our country in the world. How by bringing change people into the kingdom of God.
Only through the faithful witnessing of God's people by the supernatural power of the spirit will there be true and lasting impact upon society.
How by changing one part of the time when life of the time only through the law since the Greek word in the verse by the way verse eight, the loss I read recently that the scientists when they discovered the power of dynamite. They went to the Greeks, so we don't know what to call this power and said well you know in Greek the word power is due them off so they called it dynamite is a dynamite in front and the Lord uses a word to the loss here is through this how the spiritual dynamite power working in the church of Jesus Christ will that will be changed. Message is this person. His manifestation is our proof is my is our promise. The Masters plan is our priority. His mission is our program.
Finally, our motivation is a prospect of his return versus nine, 10 and 11 have you ever watched a man in love. I mean he cannot wait to see his beloved heat. Always thinking about how he's going to tell her about his accomplishments knocker. Some guys overdo it and we can't wait to tell about his thoughts of her plan for the future, even the most dense man is in love because it becomes creative and thoughtful. But if you ask him why are you doing this to please his beloved, of course, together favor to gain approval. What motivates you motivates me to get up in the morning. What makes us in our Christian walk.
What motivates us to walk with Christ we can get whatever to get out of them. You don't know Jesus needed to know him today. Is he trying to manipulate him and get them to do what you want them to do. You don't know Jesus need to know him today. What motivates us all somewhat cited in all honesty, this overwhelming sense of gratitude that would be right another person which I will you know I am just so thankful that my spiritual eyes that opened the cannot and I'm heading from hell to heaven and am just so grateful and motivated to tell others about him. That's great is because my friends and loved ones turned up in the terminal torment. The thought just so raving to me enough motivated by that.
That's right, that's good motivation really is, above all, we are motivated because we know that the one who loved us so is coming back one day he's coming back one day only motivation of the fact that my beloved Lord Jesus is coming back one day. I know that is got me in the face of his good last make Michael how did you use the opportunities I gave you to witness for me where your silent witness for me. You testify to what I have done for you.
Michael you keep quiet about me with your business associates with your neighbors and with your friends or did you tell them about my salvation.
This same Jesus said the angel's coming back going back in our motivation is a prospect of his return completed message from Dr. Michael you set giving you tools to be a powerful witness for God's kingdom. We thank you for listening to leading the way know in recent years, Dr. Yousef and leading the way. Renewed efforts to strategically share the gospel worldwide and one key initiative in these efforts is the kingdom sat leading the way is reaching welding chaos with another Jesus vision 2025 campaign dramatic impact the entire globe raise award-winning television channel specifically targeting Arabic speaking countries and populations is continuing to grow 25 Ethics programs like broadcast, including tonight event in the Middle East through the kingdom sat in the Middle East coming to Christ, including know I have to go to the Christian faith keeps changing is the same.
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