One of the lessons we've learned from our study of "ACTS: The Church Alive!" is that we are Jesus' witnesses to the people we know and love right here where we live. The theme verse for the Book of Acts is Acts 1:8, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." We are Jesus' witnesses here in our Jerusalem.
The good news is that we all have something important to say about what we've learned about Jesus and our own personal experience with him. People you know want to know if your relationship with Jesus is real and what your faith has done for you. If your faith story is told with enthusiasm and conviction, they may be willing to give Jesus a chance in their lives.
Our Scripture text for this Sunday's message is Acts 21:37-22:16. Paul was arrested in the temple after being attacked by the crowd. He asks the commander's permission to speak to the people and receives permission. Paul tells them about how he encountered Christ and how Jesus called him into a life of faith and service. This was Paul's story and he was glad to tell it to anyone who would listen.
Paul told his story to a crowd that wanted to kill him. We have to good fortune to be able to tell our story to people who know us and love us. We tell it to folks who know how we live, who are familiar with our values and know that our faith is important to us. It's not scary for us to tell our story of faith if we've prepared to tell it and can do so authenticity and transparency. This Sunday in worship, we'll use Paul's story as a model for telling our story. To tell our story is something that we need to be ready to do to fulfill our calling as Jesus' witnesses.
We all have a story that's worth telling. We have something meaningful to say to people we love about how they can enter into a relationship with Jesus. So join us for worship this Sunday: Traditional Worship is at 9:00 a.m. and Contemporary Worship is at 10:45 a.m.