What is one of your favorite childhood memories?
The purpose of this lesson is to recognize and receive the amazing gift that the Father has given us in the Holy Spirit to share the Good News.
Mark 16:15 NLT And then he told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.
Some of us are eager to share our faith in Christ, others of us feel timid. In either case, God asks us to GO, but he does not send us without a "helper." The Holy Spirit comes alongside of us and empowers us to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.
Q1- Why don't people share their faith more?
Q2- How important is it to rely on the strength of the Holy Spirit?
Q3- How would our lives change, if we shared our faith more often?
1. Let's focus on what's MOST IMPORTANT- Jesus died for our sins!
1 Corinthians 15:3 NLT I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.
Q4- Who in your life would benefit from knowing this truth?
Q5- What are we passing on to others? Are we sharing with others the things that are most important?
2. The disciples were taught, but not yet empowered.
Jesus knew that the disciples would not be able to withstand the great pressure of this calling, without the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus himself did not start his ministry until the Holy Spirit came upon him (See Luke 3:22)
Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. (Acts 1:4)
Q6- If Jesus needed the Holy Spirit, why do we try to go it alone?
3. The purpose for the Power is to be a witness.
Acts 1:8 NLT But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere--in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." ()
Q7- The scripture says that you will be my witnesses. What if we stepped out on faith, and believed that God has already equipped us with everything we need?
Declaration: "I declare that I am filled with the Holy Spirit and with power. I declare that I am a bold witness for Jesus Christ. I declare that my eyes are open to see the needs of the people around me. I declare that I hear the voice of God clearly and obey quickly!I declare that I will fulfill my purpose of being a witness for Jesus! I will share my faith with others, I will be a light in dark places, I will continue to witness and represent Jesus wherever I go!"
Think of a creative way to share your faith this week, i.e write an encouraging note, make and IG video, or pray for someone at work.