Sermon Topic: Witnesses and Martyrs (Acts 1:8)
The "But" in "But you will receive power..." points to Jesus' rebuttal to the disciples' request of restoring the kingdom to Israel.
Jesus refocused them to their primary task of being His witnesses & to be martyrs (sacrifice or suffer, if necessary) to the ends of the earth rather than being curious about the future (as determined by the Father in heaven).
Reflect & Discuss:
Q1: Have you experienced God and His salvation personally enough so as to be His effective witnesses and present Him with integrity?
Q1: Being His witness also encompasses the role of being His advocate to pursue His interests and agenda. Are you training ourselves to be His good spokespersons and carry out His plans?