July 29, 2020

Topic Day|Acts Recap

Be My Witnesses

Acts 1:8

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But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Be My Witnesses



Key Verse | Acts 1:8

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." 

Bio | Conner Teaff

Hey, friends!

My name is Conner, and by God's grace alone I've been brought back home to learn His Word and to be a part the Residency Program

Before this, I spent the best four years of my life in College Station attending Texas A&M (there's a few of us around here) where God showed me just how desperate my need for Jesus is. In my free time you can find me on my laptop at Civil Pour, crushing a burrito bowl at Chipotle, or trying to convince my friends to go see another movie with me.

Central Truth

God has graciously equipped the body of believers with the Holy Spirit, enabling us to proclaim the gospel as an extension of Jesus' ministry for the salvation of people throughout the earth.

Devotional | Acts Recap

The words of Acts 1:8 clarify the mission of the Church; they were also the last recorded words Jesus spoke before His ascension. Why did He choose to say what He did? It reminds us that this mission...

The words of Acts 1:8 clarify the mission of the Church; they were also the last recorded words Jesus spoke before His ascension. Why did He choose to say what He did? It reminds us that this mission will not be accomplished by us, but through us. We're not sent into the world to work by our own power toward a goal. We're sent into the world to be witnesses.

We are to be witnesses of what Christ has done. If we have seen Christ, if we've placed our trust in Christ, we are simply to tell others. This was the same mission that the disciples received: to spread the gospel worldwide. And God didn't just leave them to do it on their own. He gave them the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower the disciples as they executed their purpose: to bear testimony that salvation was through Christ alone.

As I look to the acts accomplished by the Spirit through the apostles, I'm encouraged as I'm reminded that these men were not great theologians, orators, or bold leaders. They were men who simply responded obediently to Jesus' commission and were guided and empowered by the same Spirit that directed and supported Jesus' ministry. That is all that is asked of us. 

This Spirit is still present in all those who have placed their faith in Christ. He gave us this Spirit so that we would be witness to the worth and wonder of Jesus Christ and to guide the world to repent, trust in Him, and to receive forgiveness. As Ephesians 3:20 says, "[God] is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us . . . ."

If the Gospels have thrilled us because of the fulfillment of God's promises through Christ, then the book of Acts should do the same because it is the story (of which we are a part) that's still going on. God is continuing His redemptive work, and He has given us the privilege to be used by Him through the empowerment of the Spirit!

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Discussion Questions

1. How have you been a witness for Christ in your life?

2. Do you think that God can't use you because of a shortcoming, whether perceived or real?

3. What are faithful steps you can take to make Christ more known to others in your life?

7 Comments available

Linda Green 16 days ago

Thanks, Conner for living out what you are encouraging us to do: being a witness for Jesus through the Holy Spirit’s power! I’ve been journaling through the gospel of John to know and love Jesus more, and saw these verses where Jesus told His disciples about the Holy Spirit. Opened my eyes to what is now available for the asking! John 14:16-17, John 14:26, John 15:26, John 16:7-8, John 16:13

Michael Scaman 16 days ago

You won’t necessarily “know the schedule” but you will receive “power” to live and serve in the “Spirit”

Power from the spirit is received, it is not natural or somehow innate inside us.

And you will do the job I have for you.

Greg Jones 16 days ago

At the end of Acts when Paul returns to Jerusalem/Judea that church is flourishing with thousands who are zealous for the law.Acts21:20 Jesus disciples fulfill 3 of 4.

This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.Acts9:15

Paul begins his ministry chapter9. Ministry and missionary journeys follow for 10chapters. Acts 19 ends with a public official quieting a riot by declaring “they have neither robbed temples nor blasphemed our goddess.”Acts19:37 That speech closes the missionary narrative.

Chapter20 Paul heads for Rome via Jerusalem. The end of the last third of Acts finally has Paul in Rome preaching to Jews his message, God saves some by hardening his people’s hearts rather than condemning them as believed before.

temitayo harriman 16 days ago

Great questions, thanks, Conner!

The way I have been a witness to Christ has been a. uplifting and accountability to those around me who are mature in their faith, b. encouraging and admonishing those who are growing in their faith, c. Impressing the relevancy of the bible to those new to their faith, d. providing a Christlike example for those searching out the one and only true God, and e. praying for all of them along the way.

I struggle sometimes to have awareness of how God will use me despite my shortcomings. I believe he will and does, but I have to see me the way He does first. When I do, the Holy Spirit flows freely.

Praying and reflecting on which stage (those I listed out a-d) the sons of man are in who I’m relating to. Then praying some more.

temitayo harriman 16 days ago

A variety of ways depending on where others are at (1 Corinthians 9:22) a. Accountability and uplifting of the spiritually mature, b. encouraging and admonishing those growing in their faith to more godliness. c. Impressing the relevancy of the bible on those new to their faith. d. Be an example of Christlikeness to those searching out the one and only true God. e. praying Christ’s leading and for others constantly.

I struggle sometimes to have awareness of how God will use me despite my shortcomings. I believe he will and does, but I have to see me the way He does first. When I do, the Holy Spirit flows freely.

Praying and reflecting on which stage (those I listed out a-d) the sons of man are in who I’m relating to. Then praying some more.

Sue Bohlin 16 days ago

Thanks, Conner.

Your emphasis on being a witness where all the power is coming through the Holy Spirit reminds me of something I saw recently on a Chicago TV station when I was up there visiting my sister.

An artist was given the challenge to create a cartoon out of a character’s initials. As the camera captured his hand at work on the paper, I remembered other artists doing the exact same thing decades ago when I was growing up in Chicago, watching the same station. This reminds me of how the Holy Spirit works with who we are and how we are, His starting point, like the initials on the paper, and then creates a witness of Jesus’ life in and through us. He is never stumped by having not enough to work with! He has unlimited creativity. I am so grateful!

Hugh Stephenson 16 days ago

I am reflecting today on promises and plans.

God makes the same promise to me that He makes to Paul; that He has a plan for my life, (Jeremiah 29:11, Proverbs 15:22, Proverbs 16:3, Proverbs 16:9, Proverbs 19:21).

A life of rebellion prepared Paul for surrender. When there was no other choice, he was obedient. I get that. Boy, do I get that.

Acts 1:8 is framed in a prediction and a command. In every translation the words are “shall” or “will”.

“…you will receive power…”.

Boice notes that virtually every other religion can exist apart from its founder but the historical basis for Jesus followers makes that impossible.

“…you will be my witnesses…”

I am one of the vehicles through which His work will be done. He doesn’t need me. He chooses me.

As a witness, I have some epic flameouts.

Yet, I love surrender and obedience.

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