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Lesson 5 - Spirit-Empowered Witnessing

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Memory Text: Acts 4:31 New Century Version After they had prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke God’s word without fear.


Sunday – Jesus and the Promise of the Holy Spirit

John 15:26-27 Good News Translation 26 “The Helper will come—the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God and who comes from the Father. I will send him to you from the Father, and he will speak about me. 27 And you, too, will speak about me, because you have been with me from the very beginning.

John 16:8 GOD’S WORD Translation 8 He will come to convict the world of sin, to show the world what has God’s approval, and to convince the world that God judges it.


Monday – An Empowered Church

Acts 2:41-42 Christian Standard Bible 41 So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand people were added to them. 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.

Acts 4:4 Common English Bible Many who heard the word became believers, and their number grew to about five thousand.

Acts 4:31 English Standard Version And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

Acts 5:14 Contemporary English Version Many men and women started having faith in the Lord.

Acts 5:42 New English Translation And every day both in the temple courts and from house to house, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus was the Christ.

Acts 6:7 Modern English Version So the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples grew rapidly in Jerusalem, and a great number of the priests were obedient to the faith.

Acts 16:5 The Living Bible So the church grew daily in faith and numbers.


Tuesday – The Holy Spirit and Witnessing

Acts 7:55 Holman Christian Standard Bible But Stephen, filled by the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven. He saw God’s glory, with Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said..

Acts 8:29 Evangelical Heritage Version The Spirit told Philip, “Go over there and stay close to that chariot.”

Acts 11:15 Lexham English Bible And as I was beginning to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, just as also on us at the beginning.

Acts 15:28-29 Easy-to-Read Version 28 We agree with the Holy Spirit that you should have no more burdens, except for these necessary things: 29 Don’t eat food that has been given to idols. Don’t eat meat from animals that have been strangled or any meat that still has the blood in it. Don’t be involved in sexual sin. If you stay away from these, you will do well. We say goodbye now.

Acts 16:6-10 New Living Translation 6 Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. 7 Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there. 8 So instead, they went on through Mysia to the seaport of Troas. 9 That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” 10 So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there.


Wednesday – The Holy Spirit, the Word, and Witnessing

Acts 4:4 New Living Translation But many of the people who heard their message believed it, so the number of men who believed now totaled about 5,000.

Acts 4:31 Good News Translation When they had finished praying, their meeting place shook. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God’s Word boldly.

Acts 8:4 New International Reader’s Version The believers who had been scattered preached the word everywhere they went.

Acts 13:48-49 Amplified Bible 48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying [praising and giving thanks for] the word of the Lord; and all those who had been appointed (designated, ordained) to eternal life [by God] believed [in Jesus as the Christ and their Savior]. 49 And so the word of the Lord [regarding salvation] was being spread through the entire region.

Acts 17:2 International Standard Version As usual, Paul entered there and on three Sabbaths discussed the Scriptures with them.

Acts 18:24-25 Common English Bible 24 Meanwhile, a certain Jew named Apollos arrived in Ephesus. He was a native of Alexandria and was well-educated and effective in his use of the scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord and spoke as one stirred up by the Spirit. He taught accurately the things about Jesus, even though he was aware only of the baptism John proclaimed and practiced.

2 Peter 1:21 New Century Version No prophecy ever came from what a person wanted to say, but people led by the Holy Spirit spoke words from God.

Hebrews 4:12 New Living Translation For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.


Thursday – The Life-Transforming Power of the Holy Spirit

Acts 16:11-15 The Message 11-12 Putting out from the harbor at Troas, we made a straight run for Samothrace. The next day we tied up at New City and walked from there to Philippi, the main city in that part of Macedonia and, even more importantly, a Roman colony. We lingered there several days. 13-14 On the Sabbath, we left the city and went down along the river where we had heard there was to be a prayer meeting. We took our place with the women who had gathered there and talked with them. One woman, Lydia, was from Thyatira and a dealer in expensive textiles, known to be a God-fearing woman. As she listened with intensity to what was being said, the Master gave her a trusting heart—and she believed! 15 After she was baptized, along with everyone in her household, she said in a surge of hospitality, “If you’re confident that I’m in this with you and believe in the Master truly, come home with me and be my guests.” We hesitated, but she wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Acts 16:23-34 Contemporary English Version 23 After they had been badly beaten, they were put in jail, and the jailer was told to guard them carefully. 24 The jailer did as he was told. He put them deep inside the jail and chained their feet to heavy blocks of wood.  25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing praises to God, while the other prisoners listened. 26 Suddenly a strong earthquake shook the jail to its foundations. The doors opened, and the chains fell from all the prisoners.  27 When the jailer woke up and saw that the doors were open, he thought that the prisoners had escaped. He pulled out his sword and was about to kill himself. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! No one has escaped.” 29 The jailer asked for a torch and went into the jail. He was shaking all over as he knelt down in front of Paul and Silas. 30 After he had led them out of the jail, he asked, “What must I do to be saved?” 31 They replied, “Have faith in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved! This is also true for everyone who lives in your home.” 32 Then Paul and Silas told him and everyone else in his house about the Lord. 33 While it was still night, the jailer took them to a place where he could wash their cuts and bruises. Then he and everyone in his home were baptized. 34 They were very glad that they had put their faith in God. After this, the jailer took Paul and Silas to his home and gave them something to eat.

Acts 17:33-34 Worldwide English (New Testament) 33 So then Paul left them. 34 But some men followed him and believed. Among those who believed was Dionysius. He was a judge in the Areopagus court. And a woman named Damaris believed. There were others also.

Acts 17:19 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY This council, which claimed to owe its origin to Athena, the patron goddess of the city, was the oldest and most revered tribunal in Athens.

Acts 18:8 New Life Version 8 Crispus was the leader of the Jewish place of worship. He and his family believed in the Lord. Many of the people of Corinth who heard Paul became Christians and were baptized.

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