Passages - Week 2: The Guide


Day 2

“For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”Acts 4:20

Early believers were unstoppable in their witness. They knew that the One who had all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18) had commanded them to be His witnesses. He had given them His Spirit to empower them (Acts 1:8). As a result, there was only one way to silence the witness of the apostles, which was to kill them.

What stops us from being witnesses? There are many reasons, but the big five are:

  1. Desire: We want something else, such as acceptance or success, more than we want to be used by God.
  2. Fear: We are afraid of offending someone or being rejected.
  3. Lack of know-how: We are not sure what to say or how to say it.
  4. Relational disconnectedness: We don’t have or don’t recognize opportunities to talk with others.
  5. Busyness: We are too busy doing other things.

To overcome these obstacles, we need to get honest with God. Admit what is true of us and ask him to both forgive and change us.


Jesus’ movement is unstoppable, and he has invited us to be a part of it.

Take a Step

Of the 5 reasons we don't witness, which are the biggest struggles for you? Why? 

Prayerfully reflect on the five reasons we don’t witness. Invite God to help you in the areas that stop you. 


But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting. For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

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