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You are God's witness

Monday Deuteronomy 10:20-21 (NRSV)
You shall fear the LORD your God; him alone you shall worship; to him you shall hold fast, and by his name you shall swear. He is your praise; he is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things that your own eyes have seen.

What great things have you seen God do? Make a list! You’ll need it the rest of this week.

Tuesday Psalm 66:1-5 (NRSV)
Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise. Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you. All the earth worships you; they sing praises to you, sing praises to your name." Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds among mortals.

The psalm expresses the rhythm: tell others what you have seen and heard about God. Then invite them to “come and see” for themselves, so they can develop their own list of what God has done.

Using your list from Monday, create a 30-second reply to the question, “You’re not really a Christian are you?”

Wednesday Isaiah 43:10 (NRSV)
You are my witnesses, says the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.

A witness’s only job is to tell the truth. A witness answers the question, “What did you witness see and hear?”

What happens to justice if witnesses refuse to speak up?

What do you suppose happens to the world if Christians don’t witness to what they have seen God do?

Thursday John 1:29-34 (NRSV)
The next day [John] saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, "Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel."

And John testified, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God."

John talked to others about what he saw: the Spirit descended on Jesus and stayed on him.

John had been waiting to see the Spirit descend and remain on someone. But he didn’t do nothing while he was waiting. He had an active ministry while he was waiting for the main purpose of his life: to point the way to the Messiah.

On Monday you created a list of great things you have you seen God do. What other things have you thought of since then? Add them to the list!

Maybe later in life you’ll have something amazing to add to the list that will top everything. But for now, talk about what you know now.

What great things have you seen God do so far?

Friday John 1:35-39a (NRSV)
The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, "Look, here is the Lamb of God!" The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which translated means Teacher), "where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and see."

Jesus’ invitation to people who are curious is to “come and see.” Then make up your own mind.

This is a good invitation for us to give to others, too. Come and see. What you have experienced in your life of faith may not seem like that much if you’ve grown used to it. But for a person without peace? To experience God’s peace is a huge blessing. For a person with no self-confidence? To experience God’s love and mercy is a huge blessing. You may be used to what it feels like to be accepted and loved by God, but for other people, it’s amazing.

Who will you invite to “come and see” what Jesus is like?

Saturday John 1:43-46 (NRSV)
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."

Tell people what you have experienced about God. (In this case, Philip found Nathanael and told him he had found the Messiah.) Then invite them to come experience what you have experienced. Philip didn’t get into a debate about the merits of people from Nazareth. He just said, “Come and see.”

Who will you talk with about Jesus? What will you say?

What have you done this week because of Jesus?

What do you want to do next week because of Jesus?

What do you need help with?


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La Jolla Lutheran Church is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, a fast-growing association of churches that believe the Bible. Other LCMC churches in the San Diego area include Penasquitos Lutheran Church at 14484 Penasquitos Drive; and St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 2602 Reo Drive. Check the list of more than 800 congregations to find an LCMC church near you.

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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