REFLECTION READING: Isaiah 43:10-11 SUMMARY: To be a witness for Christ to our neighbors and the nations is to bring a message that is a marvel of simplicity: Jesus Christ is God come in the flesh; he died to pay for our sins; he was resurrected; now he is exalted in Heaven; he calls us to believe in him and so receive forgiveness of sins. This is good news. The strategy and tools can vary...but our motivation is Christ Himself! SERMON TEXT: Acts 1:8 The Bible shows us… 1. God Desires TO KNOW HIM! Psalm 22:27; Isaiah 61:11; Romans 8:20-21 The Bible shows us… 2. God Desires for TO BE APART FROM HIM! Psalm 51:57; 1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9 The Bible shows us… 3. Jesus Christ is the HOPE FOR MANKIND! John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Colossians 1:15-20 The Bible shows us… 4. God Commands/Equips His people TO THE GOSPEL! Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 20:21; Isaiah 43:10 The Strategy: Acts 1:8 **APPLICATION: The Holy Spirit is ESSENTIAL We are to BE WITNESSES The church grows MISSIONALLY ** Quotes: “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man." -Piper “The light that shines the farthest will shine the brightest at home.” -Dr. Oswald Smith There can be no burden for distant unreached peoples without a burden for unreached neighbors. Christ demands a world heart!