Christians Need to be More Bold
The Urgent Need for Christians to Speak Boldly About Their Faith
As Christians, we are called to be bold in our faith and to speak truth into the world. In a society that often rejects or mocks our beliefs, it can be easy to shrink back and keep our faith to ourselves. However, the Bible reminds us of the importance of proclaiming the gospel boldly:
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes." - Romans 1:16
Jesus himself also encourages us to boldly declare our faith:
"Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven." - Matthew 10:32-33
We live in a world that desperately needs the hope and love of Christ, and it is our duty as believers to share that message with others. In this article, we will explore the urgent need for Christians to speak boldly about their faith and the impact it can have on our communities and the world.
The Church in Acts
Jason: For me what I really believe is we've got to go back to Acts. We have to be that church again.
The book of Acts in the Bible provides a beautiful picture of the early Church and how it functioned. It is a blueprint for how the Church should be, with a focus on community, discipleship, and evangelism. As we look at the Church in Acts, we see a group of believers who were fully committed to following Christ and spreading His message.
The Church in Acts was not only characterized by their devotion to each other and to God's Word but also by their reliance on the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:8 says, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." This verse speaks of the power that the Holy Spirit gives to believers to share the gospel message and to be witnesses to the world.
Throughout the book of Acts, we see examples of the Holy Spirit's power at work in the lives of believers. In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit comes upon the disciples in a powerful way on the day of Pentecost, and they are able to speak in different languages and share the gospel message with people from all over. In Acts 4, Peter is filled with the Holy Spirit and boldly declares the truth about Jesus to the religious leaders, even in the face of persecution.
As Christians today, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit just as the early Church was. We need to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to boldly share the gospel message and to live out our faith in a way that honors God. Galatians 5:22-23 describes the fruit of the Spirit as "love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." These are the characteristics that should be evident in our lives as we are filled with the Holy Spirit.
In order to be like the Church in Acts, we must seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit and rely on His power to guide us in our daily lives. We must be willing to be bold and courageous in sharing the gospel message, and to be devoted to each other in love and fellowship. By doing so, we can create a Church that is characterized by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, just as the early Church was.
Seeker Sensitive Church
A Seeker-Sensitive Church focuses on creating an atmosphere of warmth, friendliness, and acceptance. From the moment someone walks through the doors, they are greeted with smiling faces and a sense of openness. The environment is designed to be comfortable and inviting, with modern decor, comfortable seating, and contemporary music.
Jason: Seeker sensitive movement was so good because it allowed us to welcome and invite people in who otherwise did not have a place in and that was so good and necessary right, but it doesn't work anymore secret sensitive churches don't work anymore… There are a few things that we did through the secret sensitive idea, that we have to get away from, one of those is we're not bold about Jesus we don't want to be offensive we don't want to offend people…
Being Bold about Our Faith
Jason: We're not bold about Jesus, we don't want to be offensive, we don't want to offend people out the gate, and as a result of that we're not bold about what we believe, we're not bold about the fact that there is really one way, there's really one way that that you can be healed, saved, set free, made whole, made right. There's only one way the death and resurrection of Jesus is the only solution for the human soul, and we have been very tentative, because why we don't want to be bigots, we don't want to be perceived as judgmental, we don't want to come across like, where we know what's right and you all suck like we don't want to come across that way. And all of those the intention to be loving and welcoming is right. It is in alignment with the gospel for sure, but not if we're not being honest about what the gospel, actually is why do we love people because Jesus loved us, how do we know that he died to save us from our sins and no one else could do that so there is only one way, so it's like we need to be really really bold about what we actually believe, is the solution for Humanity and then we need to get back to a demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit.
As Christians, we are called to be bold about our faith and to share the message of the gospel with others. However, this boldness can sometimes come at a cost. We may be despised or ridiculed for our beliefs, or even labeled as bigots or intolerant. But despite these challenges, we are called to stand firm in our faith and not be afraid of the opinions of others.
In Luke 6:22-23, Jesus tells his followers, "Blessed are you when people hate you when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven." This scripture reminds us that even when we face persecution or rejection, our reward in heaven is great.
Furthermore, in 1 Peter 4:12-14, we are told not to be surprised when we face trials and persecution because of our faith, but to rejoice because we share in the sufferings of Christ. This scripture encourages us to embrace the challenges that come with being bold about our faith and to see them as an opportunity to grow closer to God.
It can be tempting to compromise our beliefs or stay silent in the face of opposition, but as Philippians 1:28-29 tells us, "Without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him but also to suffer for him." This scripture reminds us that our willingness to stand firm in our faith, even in the face of opposition, is a testimony to others of our belief in God.
In conclusion, being bold about our faith is not always easy, and we may face persecution or ridicule for our beliefs. However, we are called to stand firm in our faith, trusting in the promises of God and the rewards that await us in heaven. As we do so, may we take courage in the words of Joshua 1:9, "Be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
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