Vision SundayJanuary 20, 2019
John 4:27-42 / January 20, 2019
Are you in?
Invitation — ”come see a man...” John 4:29, 39, and 42
Seeing differently — “...lift up your eyes, and see...” John 4:35-38
Pray for harvest — “...pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest...” (Luke 10:2)
Go — “Go therefore and make disciples...” (Matthew 28:19ff)
DANGEROUS WITNESS DEFINED
Dangerous witness begins with the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19ff, Acts 1:8).
- The authority of Jesus
- The power of the Spirit
- The commission for every Christ follower
Dangerous witness is part invitation (John 4 - come see a man...)
Dangerous witness is part personal testimony (John 9 - “once I was blind...” Acts 4:20 “we cannot help but speak about what we have seen and heard)
Dangerous witness is part living testimony (Matthew 5:16 and I Peter 3:15)
“Your first and best witness is the life you live”. Is your light shining? And Do people wonder about the hope that is in you?
Dangerous witness is being able to tell good news from the Bible (Acts 8:35 and I Peter 3:15). “Beginning with that scripture he told him good news…”. “Always be prepared to give a defense (apologia)…”
Dangerous witness is the church as worldwide sending and supporting agency. (Matthew 9:36-38,Acts 13:2, Philippians 4:14-18, II Corinthians 8:19-24). “…pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” “Set apart for me Barnabus and Saul…”. “…you Philippians…entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving…”. “…as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will.”
Dangerous witness is planting and watering, not growing. (I Corinthians 3:5-7). “…so neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything is anything, but only God who makes things grow.”