Harvest DNA – Part 4: Unafraid Witness.

Review / Introduction:

Your walk with Christ determines your witness for Christ!

Matthew 5:16 - In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

1 Peter 3:15 - but in your hearts, regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.

Proverbs 28:1 - ...the righteous are bold as a lion.

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Three Things You Need to Know to Be a Bold Witness (1 Peter 2:11-12):

  1. Know what you are: Alien. (1 Peter 2:11a)
  2. Philippians 3:20 - But our citizenship is in heaven...

  3. Know what to fight: Your Sin. (1 Peter 2:11b)
  4. Know how to act: Honorable. (1 Peter 2:12)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
1 Peter 2:11-12

  1. What is the connection between your walk with Christ and your witness for Christ? Why?

  2. How do passions wage war on your soul? Even though a believer cannot lose their salvation, how is sin still harmful to the soul?

  3. How would you instruct someone wanting to fight their "besetting" sin? 

Breakout Questions:

How, specifically / personally, do you need to "put distance" between you and your sin? Pray for each other to apply wisdom in this war on sin. 

I Will Not Fear Witnessing for Christ.

Review / Introduction:

How to Fearlessly Give Your Testimony:

  1. Tell about your life Before Christ. (Acts 22:1-5)

      Identify with your listener(s):

    1. Identify their Language. (Acts 22:2)
    2. Identify their Merit. (Acts 22:3)
    3. Identify with their Truth resistance. (Acts 22:4)
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  1. Tell how you Came to Christ. (Acts 22:6-11)

    1. Reveal how you Recognized the truth. (Acts 22:6-7)
    2. Reveal your own Foolishness. (Acts 22:8)
    3. Reveal the Name of your salvation. (Acts 22:8)

  2. Tell how Christ Changed you. (Acts 22:12-21)

    1. I see things New. (Acts 22:13)
    2. I have a new Purpose. (Acts 22:15)
    3. I have Peace with God. (Acts 22:16)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Acts 21:37-22:21

  1. How did Paul defend himself against these accusations? How do you know when to defend yourself or ignore false accusations?

  2. Why is it so important to identify with your listeners when giving your testimony? Specifically, how can YOU do that when sharing?

  3. Why is it important to recognize some point of merit of your listeners (Acts 22:3)? What effect does this have on your listeners?

  4. How much specific detail should you share about your past sin? Why?

Breakout Questions:

Each of you, using these principles, share your testimony in 3 minutes or less (time each other!). Cover these three areas:

  1. My life before Christ
  2. How I met Christ
  3. How Christ changed me

Unstoppable Witness - Part 2

Intro / Review:

Witnessing for Christ: 3 Things You Should Never Assume:

  1. Don't assume Religious people are saved. (Acts 19:1-7)

  2. Review:

    • 1 Cor 3:16
    • 1 Cor 6:19
    • Rom 8:9

5 Clear Evidences for Biblical Transformation:

  1. You have a new love for God's Word. (1 Pet 2:2)

  2. You have a new awareness of right and wrong. (Heb 5:13-14)

  3. You have a new desire to be like Jesus Christ. (Rom 8:29)

  4. You have a new desire to proclaim Christ to others. (Col 1:28-29 | Acts 1:8)

  5. You have a new love for other Christians. (1 John 3:14)

  1. Don't assume you can win Everybody. (Acts 19:8-9)

  2. Don't assume you can see All God is doing through you. (Acts 19:10)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Acts 19:1-10

  1. What questions did Paul ask in Acts 19:2-3? What do you think prompted him to ask those questions?

  2. Do you think these disciples (Acts 19:1-7) were saved before Paul ministered to them? Why or why not?

  3. How do you know if you received the Holy Spirit? How can you tell if another person has received the Holy Spirit?

  4. What are the evidences that someone is hardening their heart (Acts 19:9)? How did Paul respond? How should WE respond?

Breakout Questions:

Have you held any of the assumptions discussed in the message (religious
people are saved, you can convince anyone into the kingdom, you know all that
God is doing through you)?

Pray: To become a Spirit-powered, God-glorifying witness. 

Unstoppable Against Idols

Review / Intro:

How Do You Witness to Greeks? (Acts 17:16-34)

  1. Meet them where they Are. (Acts 17:22-23)

  2. Just share the Basics. (Acts 17:24-29)

Who is God? (101):

  1. God Created you. (Acts 17:24)

  2. God Provides for you. (Acts 17:25)

  3. God Cares about you. (Acts 17:26)

  4. God wants a Relationship with you. (Acts 17:27-28)

  5. Rethink how you View God. (Acts 17:29)

  1. Encourage a Decision. (Acts 17:30-31)

  2. Leave the Results to God. (Acts:17-32-34)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Acts 17:16-34

  1. Why was Paul's approach different in witnessing to these "marketplace" people than it was to the Jews in the synagogue? What does this say about how we should approach people with the Gospel?

  2. List some things about God that Paul taught. Why did he focus on these things in particular? See Acts 17:24-31.

  3. Was Paul's preaching successful in Athens? Why or why not? See 2 Corinthians 2:14.

  4. When was the last time your spirit was provoked (righteous anger) to the point where you had to act (Acts 17:16)?

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another to have opportunity and boldness in sharing the love of God with people. 

The Power to Be a Witness

Witnessing is Easy!

  1. ...When you are rightly Prepared. (Acts 4:13)

  2. ...When God’s Work is clearly Seen. (Acts 4:14)

  3. ...When you love God more than you Fear Man. (Acts 4:15-19)

  4. ...When you Remember what Jesus has done for You. (Acts 4:20-22)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Acts 4:13-22

  1. How did the religious leaders know Peter and John had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13)? How will people know YOU have?
  2. Why do some people, like these religious leaders in this passage, refuse to accept Jesus even though they can’t deny the evidence of Who He is? Hint: See John 3:19.
  3. Share some things that you have seen Jesus do in your life, or the lives of those around you, that you cannot deny (as Peter said in Acts 4:20).

Breakout Questions:

  1. Pray for each person in the group, by name, to be a better witness. Take turns praying, pray for the person on your left, he prays for the person on his left, etc...