“You will be my witnesses…” (Acts 1:8)
In ancient Greece, there was a prestigious lawyer named Demosthenes who was known for his persuasive and passionate oratory abilities.
One day, a would-be client approached Demosthenes requesting legal representation. As the story goes, the man pled his case with a lack of passion and urgency. And Demosthenes wasn’t interested in representing a man who acted as if he didn’t even believe his own testimony.
As he listened, Demosthenes grew more and more cavalier toward the man who, in turn, began to grow unsettled by the great lawyer’s apparent lack of interest. Finally, the man couldn’t take it anymore. He became emotional, crying out in a fit of passion that his testimony was indeed true, to which Demosthenes shrewdly replied, “Ah, now I believe you!”
As worshipers of God in Christ, we have a story to tell, a case to plead.
After all, God has called us to bear witness to the truthfulness of His Gospel (Acts 1:8). This gets to the heart of the very reason why the church gathers: “to proclaim the excellencies of him who called [us] out of darkness” (1 Pt. 2:9).
When it comes to bearing witness to the Gospel in our gatherings, is LifePoint Church believable? To say it another way, if Demosthenes were to parachute into one of our worship services, would he get the feeling that we actually believe that this Good News is 100% true? Or is our witness in danger of being too bland and dispassionate to be believable?
This Sunday, the Lord is inviting us to give profound consideration to how the inward effects of the Gospel impact the outward expression of our worship.
As we come to church, we’re called to give the Demostheneses among us a compelling reason to say, “Ah, now I believe you!”
PRAYER AND REFLECTION
- Are you living each day as if the Gospel is true? Or do you often find yourself reverting to a state of unbelief? In what ways has your unbelief manifested itself in how you relate to God? Take a moment to repent of any lingering unbelief in your life. Decisively put your confidence in the Gospel of God and conduct yourself accordingly.
- How might your confidence in the Gospel impact how you worship with LifePoint on Sundays? For LifePoint’s worship to be believable, your worship must be believable. Be sure you come ready to joyfully participate this Sunday so that all may see your confidence in the Gospel. Ask the Lord to help you and prepare you for gathered worship.
Set List for Sunday, September 29, 2019:
- Center My Life (A. Ivey, B. Land)
- The Passion (B. Ligertwood, S. Ligertwood, S. Davenport)
- King of Kings (J. Ingram, B. Ligertwood, S. Ligertwood)
- World Needs Jesus (A. Johnson, E. John, R. Williams, W. Schrock)
- More Like Jesus (B. Ligertwood, S. Ligertwood, K. Stanfill, B. Younker)