Jesus’ resurrection wasn’t the end of the story but the beginning of an exciting new one. Our risen Savior spent forty days preparing His followers to be His “witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Once baptized with the Holy Spirit on Pentecost (a Jewish holiday seven weeks after Jesus rose), their witness began in earnest…and through it, God changed the world forever!
This isn’t just about the apostles, though: we are part of this story, too. “You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (II Timothy 2:1-2). Someone did this for us, didn’t they? Someone knew Jesus, cared for us, and shared Him. God probably even worked through several people to lead us to Him.
Jesus is preparing and empowering us to be this for the people in our lives, and our Sunday morning sermons for the next six weeks will equip us to act on it. Every week, there will be a set of activities in this space to help us be “God’s fellow workers” (I Corinthians 3:9). You can listen to our sermon and then print and complete this post to start applying it.
Will you commit to participating and taking the part Jesus has given you in His story? If so, sign your name below and complete each of the following items.
In the past seven days, how have you shared Jesus?
In the past seven days, what was an opportunity to share Jesus that you missed, and why did you miss it? Lack of focus or knowledge? Fear? Something else?
Pray: 1.) thanking God for what He has given you in Jesus and for the opportunity to share it; 2.) asking His forgiveness for missed opportunities to share; and, 3.) asking His help to grow into a more effective witness of Jesus.