Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Boldness To Share The Gospel

Let’s see how the apostles knew their need for it and how they received it.

Acts 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: … It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed….12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. (Acts 4:8-14)
18Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
(Notice that Peter “filled with the Holy Spirit” spoke with boldness.)
Let’s continue on.
21After further threats they let them go….
23On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
(Even after all God had done through them, they still felt the need to ask the Lord for boldness to continue.)
24When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God…29Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
31After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

(Notice that all were “filled with the Holy Spirit” spoke with boldness.)
Need boldness to share the gospel? Be filled with the Spirit. (Eph. 5:18)

Until next post..."occupy until He comes".

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