HAVE “WE” FORGOTTEN JERUSALEM?

JESUS SAID: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8

In this scripture, Jesus gives us a method that the believer is to follow to share his witness and spread the Gospel.

But ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you:

WHAT IS POWER?

The ability, the efficiency, the might to accomplish a task, to get a job done.

HOW WILL YOU RECEIVE POWER?

By the Holy Ghost coming upon you.

...and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem,

WHO’S THE YE?

You — The Believer.

WHAT’S A WITNESS?

The word “witness” in the Greek is martures. This is the same word as martyr.

And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him. Acts 22:20

The believer is to be so committed to reaching people that they are ready to die as a martyr; like Stephen did.

...and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem,

WHO’S THE UNTO ME?

Jesus. The words “unto me” means unto Christ, unto Jesus, about Christ, about Jesus. Jesus is the message. Christ crucified is the believer’s testimony.

Let’s say it like this:

The believer that has been filled with power and ability through the Holy Ghost is to be willing to give up their life to tell people about Jesus Christ and all He has done for them.

Power and witnessing should be trademarks of all Christians.

As you read this, you may be saying, “Well, I don’t see power in my life.”

Then the question is, “Are you being a witness?”

Remember, we (believers) have been given the power (the ability, the efficiency, the might) to “be witnesses” (to tell the world about Jesus).

If you will start witnessing, the power (the ability) to get the job done will manifest, it will be evident.

It seems like everybody wants the power of God in their life, but only a very few want to be His witnesses.

Statistics show us that 90% — 9 of 10 believers, have never helped a lost soul find Jesus.

JESUS SAID: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermsot part of the earth. Acts. 1:8

...both in Jerusalem

WHAT’S THAT MEAN?

It means that you, the believer are to be a witness for Jesus where you are.

Your Home.

Your Local Community.

Every person’s Jerusalem is different.

My Jerusalem is where I live.

Your Jerusalem is where you live.

…and in all Judea,

WHERE IS THAT?

Judea would represent the other communities and cities surrounding your hometown or your Jerusalem.

...and in Samaria,

WHERE IS THAT?

Samaria would represent the cities or communities around your hometown that are of a different culture, or who are antagonistic towards each other.

Example: There was a bitter hatred between the Jews and Samaritans. Yet Jesus tells His witnesses to carry the message of salvation even to their enemies.

...and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

To the whole world.

To summarize, Jesus says you are to witness,

...both in Jerusalem — your home area, your city,

...and in all Judea — cities and communities surrounding yours,

...and in Samaria — cities surrounding your city that are culturally different or even antagonistic toward you,

..to the uttermost part of the earth — the whole world.

As believers, we are to see to it that each area receives the message of Jesus Christ. We are to start in Jerusalem (our home area), then move outward to Judea and Samaria (neighboring cities), then continue into the whole world. To accomplish this, all Christians must sacrificially give of their time and money.

Now let’s talk about Jerusalem (your home area, your home church).

Carla and I visit and minister in a lot of churches. We find that the statistic that 9 of 10 people have never led a lost soul to Jesus holds true almost everywhere God sends us. We also find that most churches have no programs or methods in place to teach their people how to reach Jerusalem (their home area). In many of these same churches we see pictures on the wall of missionaries that the church is generously supporting with monthly pledges, to supply tools and training to reach the lost in the uttermost part of the earth. It is good that we support missions, it is good that we are reaching the world, but what about Jerusalem (home)?

JESUS SAID: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8

Both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea.

Both in your home city and your surrounding or neighboring cities.

Our home mission field should be just as important as a foreign mission field.

Does your church budget allow for missions work in Jerusalem (home area)? Is there money and time set aside to train your people how to be witnesses?

Are tracts and other tools being provided for your congregation to use to reach the lost in Jerusalem (home area)?

Are books, tapes, and other training tools available to build your congregation into strong witnesses to reach the lost in Jerusalem (home area)?

What are you doing to reach Jerusalem (home area)?

The giving of our time and money to reach foreign missions fields does not remove our responsibility to reach the lost in Jerusalem (home area).

What are you going to start doing to reach the lost in Jerusalem (home city)?

Say not ye, there are yet four months, and then cometh the harvest? Behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. John 4:35

As leaders, it is time that we teach those that God has entrusted to us how to bring in the harvest.

—J.B.