Houston Forward Times

04 December 2013 Written by  Rev. Manson B. Johnson II


Matthew 13:1-9

                    Bible Fact: The Bible is the infallible word of God and the primary authorized written source that gives Divine instructions to all true Christians.

Bible Text: John 16:7,13; Acts 1:8

Aim: To lead students to accept the Holy Ghost as the promise of Jesus Christ to them personally and to encourage them to be guided by His will for their decisions and daily living.

     A Christian baroness, living in the highlands of Nairobi, Kenya, told of a young national who was employed as her houseboy. After three months he asked the baroness to give him a letter of reference to a friendly sheik some miles away. The baroness, not wishing the houseboy to leave just when he had learned the routine of the household, offered to increase his pay. The lad replied that he was not leaving for higher pay. Rather, he had decided he would become either a Christian or a Moslem. This was why he had come to work for the baroness for three months. He had wished to see how Christians acted. Now he wanted to work for three months for the sheik to observe the ways of the Moslems. Then he would decide which way of life he would follow. The baroness was stunned as she recalled her many blemishes in her dealings with the houseboy. She could only exclaim, "Why didn’t you tell me at the beginning!" (Leslie B. Flynn, Dare to Care Like Jesus.)

Should we have to tell others that we are witness for Christ? Christ should be seen as well as heard in all that we do.  I will use this lesson that continues in Acts Chapter 11 to follow the Holy Spirit as He uses humManson Johnsonan beings to get His story out to others in order that He may be known.

1. In vv.1-3 I note how God uses what some would call a negative situation as a witness for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ

A. I can discuss with others how religious prejudices continue to exist in Churches in our society today. 

2. In vv.4-16 I learn how the Holy Spirit used Peter’s testimony to testify of his own personal religious prejudice change to help as a witness to change others. 

A. I will discuss with others how their own personal encounter with God has been used as a testimonial help to win others to Christ.

3. In vv.17,18 I learn how God’s upper hand orchestrated the event with Peter to even change the mind of accusers and recruited them as witness of the work of the Holy Spirit.

A. I can discuss with others how people are ready for change from their old beliefs to new ways in Christ but they need someone else to break the ice and start the conversation that leads to this new change. 

4. In vv.19-26 I learn how the fire of the work for Christ was blown by the wind of the Holy Spirit and carried about by willing vessels with much effective outcome for the Church of Christ.

A. I can discuss vv.19-26 in the light of the truth in Romans 8:28 as God engages many into spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and expanding the growth of the Church of Christ.

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