Making Him Known in Judea (Acts 9:32-43)Dennis R. Wiles, November 10, 2013
Part of the Making Him Known series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Dennis R. Wiles
November 10, 2013
Making Him Known
Making Him Known in Judea
A witness is someone who has personal knowledge – and one who both shares that knowledge and lives in light of it.
“I mean the expansion which follows the unexhorted and unorganized activity of individual members of the Church explaining to others the Gospel which they have found for themselves; I mean the expansion which follows the irresistible attraction of the Christian Church for men who see its ordered life, and are drawn to it by desire to discover the secret of a life which they instinctively desire to share; I mean also the expansion of the Church by the addition of new members.”
-Roland Allen, The Spontaneous
Expansion of the Church
What kind of influencer (witness) are you?
Begin in Jerusalem – this missiological principle is both theologically sound and pragmatically effective.
Text: Acts 9:32-43
Witnesses to Judea!
Our Judea is comprised of people who share our cultural distinctiveness and are separated from us mainly by physical and/or social space. Slight cultural distinctions may be present, but physical and/or social distance are the primary barriers to overcome.
I will talk about Texas and America – roll through these pictures while I am talking about our state and our nation, hold for 6 seconds each.
32 Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. 34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. 35 And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.
36 Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. 37 In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” 39 So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43 And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner. (ESV)