Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
The powers demonstrated by the apostles have consumed many Bible teachers who fail to grasp the place and purpose of those powers. These teachers instruct believers to seek the same power that was bestowed upon Peter and Paul and the other apostles. Careful Bible study demonstrates that the motive in this teaching is misplaced. The power given to the apostles was given for the purpose of assisting them in telling a lost and dying world about a risen Saviour. Much of the modern teaching centers upon pride and encourages a selfish Christianity. The biblical power given to the apostles was meant to strengthen their witness to others, not simply to be a self-serving instrument. Modern Christianity focuses on self, while biblical Christianity focuses on the Saviour and others.
- (For children): Paul said he could do anything the Lord wanted him to do because Christ would give him the strength to do it (Philippines 4:13). God wanted him to witness (Acts 9:15), so the Lord gave him the power to do so (1 Thessalonians 1:5a; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5).
- (For everyone): Though there are some differences in the manifestation of power from God, believers should still seek power from the Lord to witness to others. Why is this power important?
- Why are we dependent upon the Lord for help in witnessing? How successful will our methods of evangelism be without the power of God?
- Ask the Lord to give you His power when witnessing.
- Thank the Lord for the times He has helped you to witness.