The Acts 4:20 Christian

I talk a lot about churches and individuals having an Acts 1:8 strategy. By that I mean being intentional about your witness in each of the four Acts 1:8 fields. For a church or individual to develop their plan, they must first understand what it means to be witness.

The Scripture gives a great example of what a witness is in Acts 4. Peter and John, on the way to the temple, encounter a lame beggar. They have no money to give him. However, they have something infinitely better—the power of Jesus’ name and the gospel. The man is miraculously healed inside and out! This causes a stir in the temple, and Peter and John are arrested. Standing before the religious leaders, they are commanded to not teach or preach any more in the name of Jesus. They respond in Acts 4:19-20 with these words, “Whether it’s right in the sight of God for us to listen to you rather than to God, you decide; for we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

There it is, the very essence of being a witness. If you spend time with Jesus and He is transforming your life, you cannot be silent about it. To be a witness is to speak a word to your world about our Lord Jesus Christ. My question is what has Jesus done in your life and who have you told?

If you have an Acts 1:8 strategy, you will be an Acts 4:20 Christian!