21 Sep And You Will Be My Witnesses
Last Sunday, Pastor Ken preached the sermon “God Humbles the Proud and Exalts the Humble” from Daniel 4. Through Nebuchadnezzar’s recounting of God humbling him in the midst of his prideful kingship, we considered how we too need God’s intervention to lead us to daily repentance from pride and to humility before Him. Thankfully, he has provided that intervention ultimately through Jesus Christ. Therefore, we must continually live in the power of the gospel, dying to self and pride and living in humble submission to King Jesus.
Read: Acts 1:6-14
This Sunday, we will break from our Daniel study to focus specifically on how we as Crosspoint Church are making effort to take part in fulfilling the Great Commission. Whether we are called to uproot and move to a foreign country or stay right here in Clemson, we are ALL called to be on God’s mission, making disciples of all people for God’s glory. Pastor Jeremy will lead our time with a charge from Acts 1:6-14 and will help us to explore the many opportunities that God is providing us to fulfill His mission. As you prepare your heart for our gathering, let this devotional from Charles Spurgeon stir you be a witness for Jesus Christ at all times.
Reflect: “And You Will Be My Witnesses”
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
In order to learn how to discharge your duty as a witness for Christ, look at His example. He is always witnessing—by the well of Samaria or in the temple of Jerusalem; by the sea of Galilee or on the mountainside. He is witnessing day and night; His mighty prayers are as vocal to God as His daily services.
He witnesses under all circumstances. Scribes and Pharisees cannot shut His mouth; even before Pilate He witnesses a good confession. He witnesses so clearly and distinctly that there is no mistake in understanding Him.
Christian, make your life a clear testimony. Be like the stream in which you can see every stone at the bottom—not like a muddy creek where you can only see the surface, but clear and transparent, so that your heart’s love for God and man may be visible to all. You need not say, “I am true”; be true. Do not boast of integrity, but be upright. Then your testimony will be such that men cannot help seeing it.
Never, on account of fear of feeble man, restrain your witness. Your lips have been warmed with a coal from off the altar; let them speak as heaven-touched lips should do. “In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand” (Ecclesiastes 11:6).
Do not watch the clouds or consult the wind; in season and out of season witness for the Savior, and if it transpires that for Christ’s sake and the Gospel’s you must endure suffering in any shape, do not shrink, but rejoice in the honor conferred upon you, that you are counted worthy to suffer with your Lord. And find joy also in this—that your sufferings, your losses, and persecutions shall make you a platform from which with more vigor and with greater power you will witness for Christ Jesus.
Study your great example, and be filled with His Spirit. Remember that you need much teaching, much upholding, much grace, and much humility if your witnessing is to be to your Master’s glory.
November 7th Evening Reading in Morning and Evening, by C. H. Spurgeon
Sing: Song List for Sunday
1. “Hosanna,” by Hillsong United
2. “The Passion,” by Hillsong Worship
3. “Let Your Kingdom Come,” by Sovereign Grace Music
4. “King of Kings,” by Hillsong Worship