Written and Prepared by Pastor Jordan Clark for November 10th, 2021
What does it mean to be a witness? We often hear this term throughout our lives both as children and adults. We hear of witnesses when talking about incidents out on the playground. We hear of witnesses when the crowd sees an amazing play at their favourite team's sporting event. We also hear of witnesses when there is a major trial in play.
What does it mean to be a witness? Think about his. Let it ponder. Let it resonate within yourself. It is a common word that holds great weight in our lives. Witnesses can cause a conviction in a trial; a witness can also exonerate someone being accused and allow them to walk free. A witness can clear up a situation where there is a muddy story and can bring clarity to those seeking clarity.
The official definition of "Witness" is: "A person who sees an event, typically a crime or accident, take place." This is typically a legal term meaning that a witness has great power and responsibility this is why bearing as a false witness is not taken lightly.
The word of God also talks about being a "witness" to what God is doing. Jesus is called a witness of many things as explored in John 5:25-47.
Read John 5:25-47
Question 1: Why is testifying about God (The Father) so important to Jesus?
Question 2: Jesus talks about the 'four witnesses (John, Works, Father, Scripture) if we are to follow Jesus' example and be witnesses for God the Father how can we do that according to what Jesus preaches in this piece of Scripture?
Question 3: "You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me;" --John 5:39 What is Jesus describing here? How can we bring God into our reading of the Scriptures on our own time?
Jesus makes it clear that He is a witness to God the Father and that John is also a witness to God the Father. These two men took this witness so seriously that they literally gave their lives to God (Jesus is God but He still modelled this type of Christian living).
How can we make sure that we are being True Witnesses of Jesus Christ?
This week we will discuss what it means to be a witness and how we can model that in our everyday lives living under the King of Kings.
We meet at 5:45pm on November 10th @ 70 Froom Crescent for our Next Faith Gathering. We cannot wait to see you next week!