Our Identity as Witnesses of Jesus

Acts 21:37-22:29

Our Identity as Witnesses of Jesus

Acts 21:37-22:29

Sermon Notes

Preacher: Joel Fair


Acts 21:37 - 22:29 Pauls Identity as a Witness to the Gospel

We are witnesses who both observe and proclaim.

Acts 1:8


Paul uses his identity as a Jew to create an avenue to proclaim his identity as a Witness


Paul Confirms his Identity as a Witness of Jesus

Like many other cases in the Gospels and Acts the healing from the blindness was the proof of the spiritual healing

Matthew 9:4-8


Paul is Given the Will, Voice and A Sight of the Righteous One

Colossians 1:13-14

1 Timothy 1:12-17


Paul Embraces the Call to Proclaim the Gospel of Jesus

Romans 9:30-10:4

I often ask why I do not proclaim Christ with this same conviction?

It is because I do not believe the Gospel that I am sharing.


Paul did not deny his identity but leveraged them for the telling of the Gospel.

Jew of Jews / Greek / Educated / Roman

All of these were used so that he would be able to Proclaim the Gospel.

Witness was his greatest Identity. 

Galatians 2:20


What identities do we have that we, like Paul, can leverage for the Gospel?

Some examples could be:

-Education

-Nationality

-Economic Status

-Race

-Job Title/Position

-Heritage

-Neighborhood

-Stage of Life


Have any of these titles taken a priority over my identity as a Witness to Jesus Christ?


In my life, have I let my identity as dominate my identity as Christian.


All of these are good identities but they serve my greatest and eternal identity.


If the Bible is true then these other identities will pass away and forever we will continue to be witnesses to Jesus and his Glory and Majesty.

Revelation 4:9-14


This was Paul’s greatest identity and it is the greatest identity we have.

Celebration Song List

CELEBRATE Who God Is

Joyful (The One Who Saves)

Holy Holy Holy

CONNECT Our Need for Christ

What A Friend We Have In Jesus

COMMUNITY In the Word and Communion

Nothing But The Blood

Nailed To The Cross

CONTRIBUTION of Praise

You Alone Can Rescue

Community Group Questions

QUESTION 1: Read Acts 21:37 - 22:29 together and look for how Paul identifies with the other personalities in the narrative. What identities does Paul leverage to build relationship with those around him?

QUESTION 2: What identities do we have that we, like Paul, can leverage for the Gospel? Have any of these titles taken a priority over our identity as a Witness to Jesus Christ?

QUESTION 3: As we have examined our identities, which of these are temporal and which are eternal? How can we encourage one another in both the desire and practice of living in light of our eternal identity as gospel witnesses?

PRAYER NOTES

INTRODUCTION QUESTION:

Have you noticed that at CPCoast our normal practice is to preach straight through a book or passage of scripture? What has your experience been with this type of “consecutive expository” preaching? Do you have any questions or thoughts?