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Declaring His Generation

You are Witnesses!

April 6, 1997 - Sheepfold Ministries

Pastor Phil Roland

Y O U   A R E   W I T N E S S E S !

 

Luke 24:36-53

He told them, "This is what is written:  The  Christ  will  suffer  and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.You are witnesses of these things.  I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."                                                                              Luke 24:46-49

 

You are witnesses to FOUR AREAS of human experience:

 

I.  YOU ARE WITNESSES OF CHRIST'S SUFFERING - v. 46

          "The Christ will suffer. . ."

          A. You become witnesses through the Word of God - John 17:20

          B. You become witnesses through Personal Suffering- 2 Tim 2:12

 

II.  YOU ARE WITNESSES OF HIS RESURRECTION - V. 46 cont.  

          A. You witness to His life in you

          B. Lift up Jesus, He becomes alive in you - John 12:32

         

III. YOU ARE WITNESSES OF CHRIST'S GOSPEL - v. 47

          TWO FOLD COMMAND OF JESUS:

          A. You witness through Repentance

          B. You witness through Remission (forgiveness) of Sins

 

IV. YOU ARE WITNESS OF CHRIST'S PROMISE - v. 49

          FOUR GLOWING TERMS OF PROMISE:

          A. "I send" - John 14:16-17 - He is called, "Another Comforter"

          B. "upon you" - Isaiah 40:31 - "Lord, Keep Me Still"

          C. "be endued" (clothed) - Acts 1:8 - "Put On God's Power"

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 7, 1997, Sheepfold Ministries

Pastor Phil Roland

Declaring his generation

Isaiah 53:1-8

marturious = MAR-TUR-IOUS = To bear witness boldly to the point of death. . .See Acts 1:8

 

Types of Fishermen: Bobber, Hook-less, Dude, Backlash, Skilled.

 

Incorrect Witnesses: Churchy, Unoriginal, Insult, Assault, Haughty.

 

Program People: "Four Spiritual Laws";  "Roman Road";   "Evangelism Explosion".

 

WE HAVE SIX REASONS TODAY FOR DECLARING HIS GENERATION:

 

I.  JESUS BORE OUR GRIEFS - Verse 4a

          A. Vicarious Principle  (Weaknesses)

          B. He is a Savior who grieves with us

 

II. JESUS CARRIED OUR SORROWS - Verse 4b

          A. Our sorrows are His sorrows - (Deep Pain)

          B. He knows the heartache of disillusionment and loss

 

III. JESUS WAS WOUNDED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS - Verse 5

          A. Our Lawlessness caused His wounds

          B. His Atonement covered our Lawlessness

 

IV. JESUS' PAIN BROUGHT US PEACE - Verse 5b

          A. Jesus Himself is our peace

          B. Inner Struggles for Meaning from Life's Chaos May Cease

 

V. JESUS WAS SCOURGED PHYSICALLY TO BRING US PHYSICAL HEALING

            A. Roman Half-Way Death - 39 Stripes

          B. Soldier's "Hot Hand" Game      

          C. Healing for the Body and the Soul

 

VI. JESUS BECAME GUILT AND SIN FOR US - Verse 6

          A. Can't forgive yourself?  Jesus already took your guilt away!

          B. GOOD NEWS: He gives each of us a clean slate

 

JESUS CHRIST was silent before Pilate and Herod. 

He has appointed us to speak for Him. 

We are to DECLARE HIS GENERATION.  (See Isa. 53:1-8)