Read: Acts 1:8
You will be my witnesses. (v. 8)
The job the Lord gave his disciples was huge–to reach the whole world with the gospel. But he didn’t expect them to do it on their own. Jesus promised a resource more than adequate for the work: the power of the Holy Spirit.
Then he added that they would be his witnesses “in Jerusalem . . . Judea . . . Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (v. 8 NIV). In one sense, this is a simple historical description of how the gospel spread throughout the world. It is effectively the table of contents of the book of Acts.
But it is also possible to read this as a plan for us to follow. Witness begins with local outreach; proceeds to those nearby, including people from different cultures; and doesn’t stop until “the ends of the earth.”
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