Our Identity as Witnesses of Jesus
Preacher: Joel Fair
Acts 21:37 - 22:29 Pauls Identity as a Witness to the Gospel
We are witnesses who both observe and proclaim.
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
Paul is Given the Will, Voice and A Sight of the Righteous One
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Paul Embraces the Call to Proclaim the Gospel of Jesus
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.
What identities do we have that we, like Paul, can leverage for the Gospel?
Some examples could be:
-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.
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?
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?