Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Chandra Wong, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 2 June 2019.
Kingdom Empowerment and Witnessing
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witness to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judean and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
It started with 120 disciples of Jesus who were filled with the Holy Spirit and through Peter’s sermon, 3000 people received Jesus on that day!
Jesus called all of their disciples and powered them to be the witness of Christ.
How to be a powerful witness of Christ?
“For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” (Rom 7:19)
Look at Joshua’s life. God gave him instructions before he went to the battle and brought the Israelites out from the wilderness to the Promise Land. He had to obey in order to reach the Promise Land.
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful (Joshua 1:8)
There are 3 important points to remember to be a powerful witness for Christ:
- Think about God’s word
Key verses: Gen 3:6, Rom 8:6, 12:1-2, Phil 4:6-8, Col 3:2
In the mind of Eve, after her conversation with the serpent which has been planted by the seed of sin, she thought that the fruit is good for her. “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.” (Genesis 3:6)
“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Rom 8:6)
“And to not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
When we’re led by the Holy Spirit, He will guide us in our life. He will remind, guide us and help us to understand the Word of God. Example, when we are feeling anxious, the Holy Spirit will remind us God’s word like in Philippians 4:6-8.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God; which guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.” (Phil 4:6-8)
Think of things that are above not of the earth. (Col 3:2)
- Speak God’s words
Key verses: Acts 2:4, Psalm 103:20, Daniel 10:12, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Isaiah 55:11, James 3:10
How would the power of Holy Spirit be manifested in us? When we read the Word of God and meditate it, we will be able to memorize it and share it with others. Not only it will edify ourselves but also those who hear us speak the Word of God. Holy Spirit will guide us as we encourage others with the Word of God.
“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4)
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
“Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word.” (Psalms 103:20)
When somebody give the voice the Word of God, the Angel will continue to act and execute the command on the Word and the tongue which speaks the Word of God.
“Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.” (Daniel 10:12)
- Obey God’s words
Key verses: Acts 2:4, Philippians 2:5, Matthew 3:15, Luke 4:1, Galatians 2:20, Psalm 119:105
How can we be filled with the Holy Spirit?
God gave Pastor Chandra an illustration with a Coke bottle; how do we fill the Coke bottle with pure water? When we empty the bottle and pour out the Coke only then we can fill in the pure water. It’s the same with us, when we empty ourselves of the things of the world and obey the Word of God then we can be filled in by the Holy Spirit.
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
In every step of our lives when we’re holding up to the Word of God, it will light up our lives. One step at a time, every single step will be lightened up by Word of God. The bible reminds us that, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)