Pray for boldness in sharing the gospel.

Sharing the gospel can be scary. In fact it’s way easier to find a way out of sharing than it is to find a way to share. As a follower of Jesus who would love to evangelize to be both individuals and groups, I know the fear that can come. Public speaking does not frighten may. The idea of telling a person about Jesus just out of the blue, really freaks me out. Maybe for you, public speaking isn’t your thing. Maybe you’ve been given an opportunity to share with a group of people but you’re extremely scared to stand in front of a group of people and speak.

The apostles dealt with a different type of fear. In their situation, sharing the gospel could mean being arrested or killed. It’s no wonder that they felt the need to pray for boldness.  Take a look at the situation they were dealing with as told in the book of Acts :

Peter and John Before the Council

And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.

On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. 11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 14 But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. 15 But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another, 16 saying, “What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.” 18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” 21 And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old.

The Believers Pray for Boldness

23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant,[d]said by the Holy Spirit,

“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
    and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers were gathered together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed’[e]

27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 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.

A day is coming where it will be just as tough to share the gospel as it was for these believers. We have an obligation to share. But we not go boldly into the world, without prayer. No amount of music or preaching will can empower you to go into the world and preach the gospel. To be filled with Holy Spirit which results in boldness, we must pray for God to give us boldness. We know the task that must be done. Our hearts hopefully feel the conviction. What we need now is boldness. Take every opportunity for private and corporate prayer. A bold gospel-sharing soul-capturing church will first be a praying church.

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Reminders from God

This Sunday, Brian is going to be teaching from the 2 Peter. In this letter, Peter is reminding the churches of things they already know about their relationship with God. 

We live in a culture that believes what is new is more morally correct. The big call is to not “be on the wrong side of history”. Of course, there are improvements that come to cultures and even God’s people have had to repent of things and change the way they believe and act. But we are in dangerous territory when we throw away the the doctrines of how holy God is, how sinful man is, and how big God’s grace is. When culture wants to make amendments to the definition of marriage, or life or wants to throw away doctrines of sexual purity or wants to distort the design of manhood and womanhood, a weakened biblical worldview will not sustain you. We need reminders. We need to spend time in God’s word. Every day we should be so prepared for the devil’s schemes we can be like Jesus in the wilderness, always having the right scripture at the right time.

 If you were at Ferris Hill on the Sunday Roy preached about the armor of God  or listened to the podcast you learned about the sword of the Spirit. The sword is God’s word. As we learned or were reminded of that day, the sword is a dagger. Being used to cut right where it needs to. The bible verses we memorize into our heart will be the sword in times of temptation. When you are tempted to give into what the world says is right, what “everyone’s” doing, be reminded of what God’s word says. When trials come as Jesus said they would when you resist the world’s ways, be reminded He has “overcome the world”.

Spend time in God’s word. Be reminded of His holiness, be reminded of your sinfulness, and be reminded of His love and grace.