In the first chapter of the book of Acts, Jesus explains to his church how he will continue his mission to save lost people. His apostles will be witnesses of what Jesus accomplished in his life, death, and resurrection, now offered to all as a free gift.
The task itself was simple, yet, as we’ll find out, it would cost their very lives. Jesus himself said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it (Mark 8:34-35).” Jesus’ disciples are to be witnesses of what Jesus has done for sinners like you and me. In Luke 24, Jesus explains more fully what a “witness” does. They proclaim the death and resurrection of Jesus to all nations, calling all peoples to repentance and faith.
We look forward to spending most of the next year together in this incredible story recorded for us in the book of Acts about how the Spirit of God establishes his church on the foundation of the church’s own witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. May God so establish us as his church on that same foundation in the communities of Viera and Brevard County this year.