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Acts: The Church on Fire (part 3), A Community of ‘Witness’, Pastor David Welch

June 25, 2023






8 “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” 9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11 They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

Acts 1:8–11 (NASB1995)




The Idea:

You Are Called Out by Christ to be a Community of ‘Witness.’



A Community of ‘Witness’


I. Witnesses to What?


“... you shall be My witnesses ...”

Acts 1:8



1. To the reality of Jesus


There are 16 speeches in Acts. At the core of all of them is the reality of Jesus.

  • Christ died in our place for our sin;

  • His resurrection validates all that He came to do;

  • our lives are changed forever when we put our faith in Him.



Peter’s Sermon at Pentecost


32 “This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses.

33 Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.


38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

Acts 2:32–33, 38 (NASB1995)



Peter’s Sermon after healing the man in Acts 3


16 “And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.


18 “But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.

19 “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;


26 “For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.”

Acts 3:16–19, 26 (NASB1995)



2. To the majesty of Jesus


"For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty."

2 Peter 1:16 (NASB1995)


“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”

1 Peter 2:9 (NASB1995)





II. How Are We Witnesses?


"but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; “

1 Peter 3:15 (NASB1995)


1. By living credibly

“Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.“

1 Peter 2:12 (NASB1995)



2. By opening our mouths.

“ … 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.”




III. Why Are We Witnesses?


“… This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

Acts 1:11 (NASB1995)



7 “But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.

9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness … “

2 Peter 3:7–11 (NASB1995)








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