“…you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Today we are going to consider what is your Jerusalem and how do you witness there. The disciples were told to be Jesus’ witnesses first in Jerusalem. Jerusalem was where they were at, their home town, their local churches.
What is your Jerusalem? That is where you should start doing the Great Commission. The mission conference I mentioned yesterday will help, but what can you do today to prepare?
To get started it is necessary that you know and are passionate for the message Jesus gave us to preach. You should know this message so well that it just rolls off your tongue without hardly thinking. But how does one get to that point? It is just like any other area of study or favorite hobby. You must read about it, talk about and talk more about it. We do this naturally with things that we are interested in. How many of you know all about your favorite musician or sports team and can recite trivia any time the topic comes up?
I have found that the more we talk about things, the more we know and internalize them. What we put in will come out. What we invest our time and energy in, shows what we love.
What did the early church do to prepare for the kingdom work they were given? “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42)
Read Acts 2:37-47 to get a taste of the excitement and results of God’s spirit at work in the people after they heard a great sermon! Be encouraged and dialog with other believers about what you read in the Scriptures. This will put you on the right path to doing your part of the Great Commission in your Jerusalem and onward.