CELL GROUP LEADER'S CLASS
March 29, 2012
WITNESSING CLASS 101
WITNESSING AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs
among the people. Opposition
arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was
called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and
Asia—who began to argue with Stephen. But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave
him as he spoke
When you talk about
Jesus, expect God to use you. The Lord Jesus promised His supernatural
resources to all who join with Him in helping to fulfill the Great
Commission. You are assured of that same resurrection power and presence today
through the power of the Holy Spirit. Our Lord honors the faithful witness of
all who place their trust in Him. Self-consciousness and fear of what others
will say, however, will hinder our witness. Christ promises in the word that if
you are bold to others about Him that He will be bold to the Father about us!
Stephen was a table waiter (Acts 6:2-5), not an apostle. Here is another
example of a normal person like you and I but Stephen was different in one way.
HE LOVED GOD AND DIDN'T CARE WHAT OTHERS THOUGHT ABOUT HIM AS HE TALKED ABOUT
JESUS!!! He was brought before the most wicked opponents of Christianity. He
could have retreated because he felt inadequate to face these people, but he
yielded to the Holy Spirit's control of his life. As a result, his faithfulness
to Christ, even to accepting death by stoning, mightily moved the unbelievers
and laid the basis for Saul's conversion. You and I too can have this same type
of fierceness for the Gospel if we are willing to step out on faith through our
love for the Lord and ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT CONTROL not caring about the
desires of the flesh like embarrassment or shyness!
Work of the Holy
Spirit in a Believer's Life
Read Acts 6 & 7.
What part did the Holy Spirit play in Stephen's life?
indictment did Stephen pronounce upon his hearers that cut them to the heart?
As a Spirit-filled man,
Stephen had two purposes that were his greatest concerns, as seen in his desire
to witness and in his dying prayer. What were they?
How do these concerns
show the fullness of the Holy Spirit in Stephen? (Compare Galatians 5:22-23 and
II Corinthians 5:14-15)
Work of the Holy
Spirit in Witnessing
What is the ministry of
the Holy Spirit? (John 15:26, 16:13-14)
How is it accomplished
in a person who witnesses of Christ? (Acts 1:8, 6:10) How is it being
accomplished in your life?
What will the Holy
Spirit do for the witnessing person? (Acts 4:31)
What will the Holy
Spirit do for the person receiving the Good News? (I Corinthians 2:10-12) How
does this passage compare with II Corinthians 4:3-4?
It is the Holy Spirit
who brings us face to face with the facts regarding our condition and our need.
This action is called "convicting, reproving, exposing, bringing to
light." If we were to witness on our own, we would accomplish nothing. But
when the Holy Spirit uses our witness, He brings a person face to face with
important facts, presenting them so forcefully that these facts must be
considered. What are these facts? (John 16:7-11)
What promise does God
give us regarding His Spirit? (II Corinthians 1:21-22)
Record the names of at
least three persons to whom you believe God would have you speak about Christ
within the week.
Ask the Holy Spirit to
prepare these individuals, freeing their minds so they can make a logical,
intelligent choice to receive Christ as Savior. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you
to these individuals at the proper time, and to speak through you in giving
them the message of Christ.
As you witness, remember
that it is the Holy Spirit who penetrates the mind of the other person,
revealing spiritual truth.
Are you sure you are
prepared? If not, review the earlier lessons in this Step.
The whole purpose of
this class is to let you know that there is nothing to witnessing if you only
let go of your fears and TRUST in the Holy Spirit to do it's job which is to
speak for you. As you begin to do this more often the feeling is incredible as
you can feel that our DAD is smiling as He watches us trust Him and being used
by Him to spread the Gospel. After a while you will start to look forward to
witnessing because you know that it pleases our Father because He is a God that
wants NONE to perish but knows that many will reject His son. Satan will tell
you, that you are no one and you are not worthy and you tell him right back, I
AM WHAT MY FATHER SAYS THAT I AM and that is AN AMBASSADOR FOR JESUS!