27 What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. 28 Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 And even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31 So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others,
I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; 33 but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven. 34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
Acknowledgement: Kids walk by you at school as if you were not there
Recognition: You see someone and you remember their memory
Acceptance: You see, remember and reconnect with them
Witness: You speak the word of your mind/heart aloud
Claim: You tell others about what you trust as truth/solid ground
Proclaim: You tell everyone, in every way, Jesus is Lord.
If you are NOT embarrassed of me, I will be proud to tell of you.
If you willing to talk about me, I will speak of you to the Father.
If you whisper of the Father, I will whisper of your needs…
I am not ready
I am too shy
I am not comfortable speaking in public
It’s my business and not to be shared
It’s my faith and it’s too personal
It’s not my style
Jesus, stands up for us in Judgment and repeats our words:
On our behalf:
Jesus the SWORD bearer: Has come to bring division
Those who acknowledge and those who deny…..
Those who allow, and those who reject
Those open, and those closed
Those with door shut and those with doors open.
Those who will tell, speak, sing, proclaim
Those who whisper, hope to tell, wait, are kept.
What are you saving the good china?
What are you waiting for? What is holding you back from getting on board?
Political : Time to take sides and let the world know where you stand.
Climate : Church is not the place for Civil Politics, but whose sign
Season : Do you carry? Who’s flag to bare? Who’s citizen are you?
1. Use what you got to tell what you know: See that picture over there, moma’s gonna move it over there…..
2. If you don’t know, then it’s time to Grow: Study, pray, ask, “teach us to pray” the disciples ask of Jesus
3. If you can keep quiet, you better than the percussionist…
4. Don’t stop until you can’t: Err on the side of saying too much…
If you are someone who says too much, give others a chance.
5. Bottom Line: We are Witnesses: Time to start talking the walk.