Series: The Gospel of John
Title: Witnessing to A Hostile World
Text: John 16:1-11
Purpose: By studying these verses we are reminded that: Our task is to witness in the power of the Spirit to a hostile world
concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment.
Speaker: Bishop Jake Givan, Jr. D. Min.
Date: May 17, 2020
Two unpopular themes in modern evangelical Christianity are the need to suffer for the sake of the gospel and the certainty of God’s
judgment. Rather than suffering, the evangelical church is into how Christianity can help you have a successful, happy life. Of
course, the Bible does give wisdom and guidance on how to live happily and it is proper to understand and apply its teaching.
But the Bible also teaches (Acts 14:22), “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” Paul said (2 Tim. 3:12),
“Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” Jesus said that all His followers must take up their cross (an
implement of a slow, tortuous death) in order to follow Him (Matt. 16:24).
So, Jesus’ words in our text are not going to be popular in today’s Christian world. He continues to prepare the disciples (and us) for
what we will face after He is gone. The world often will hate us, but…
Our task is to witness in the power of the Spirit to a hostile world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment.
John MacArthur shows how in the upper room discourse Christ promises to counter the problems that we will encounter in this evil
world: “The world hates you, but I love you. The world is your enemy, but I am your friend. The world gives you trouble and
anxiety, but I give you My peace. The world will cause you sorrow, but I give you My joy. The world may kill you, but I give you
eternal life. The world is under Satan’s power, but you will have the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in you.”
1. To witness in a hostile world without stumbling, you must face the difficulty of the task: you will be persecuted, and you
may get killed (John 16:1-4).
2. To witness to a hostile world, you must focus on the Lord’s glory, not on your own needs (John 16:5-6).
3. To witness to a hostile world, you must join the Holy Spirit in His witness concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment
A. The Holy Spirit will convict the world.
B. The Holy Spirit will convict the world concerning sin.
C. The Holy Spirit will convict the world concerning righteousness.
D. The Holy Spirit will convict the world concerning judgment.
So, to be effective witnesses for Christ, we need to recognize that many people will not like our message and therefore they may not
like us. If we are faithful, we may suffer persecution or even death. Given that unpleasant prospect, what should motivate us to bear
witness? The Lord’s glory: He is now risen from the dead, at the right hand of the Father, returning soon to judge the world in
righteousness. He has entrusted to us the message of salvation through the cross. But we can’t compromise the message by hiding
the reality of judgment if people do not repent. Don’t be judgmental but do tell the truth about God’s coming judgment. Our task is to
witness in the power of the Spirit to a hostile world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment.
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