As the youth leader in what is now One Church Bristol, I saw amazing growth through reaching the lost. It was a great privilege week after week helping young people give their lives to Jesus.
My wife and I are now responsible for the Journey into One Church Bristol, and my vision for this has increased. Imagine a Church where every generation is actively involved in a life of evangelism; where every person carries a sense of the fearless, lionhearted spirit we often carried in our childhood and youth!
However, if you asked people in your church if sharing faith with friends, colleagues and family scared them – I am positive you would get a resounding YES! We are often happy to live a good life, but are often afraid to speak out about the one who gives us that life!
Sharing our faith takes courage. Acts 4:29-31 records that the early saints prayed for boldness to preach the Word. This shows us that they also knew this fear we experience today.
So how do we help God’s people, reach the people whom God longs to be His people? With BOLDNESS!
Boldness and courage comes as we spend time with Jesus
Acts 4:13 – ‘The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.’
Keys here: No special training, just ordinary people who have been with Jesus.
Boldness and courage comes as we put our trust in Jesus
Prov 28:1 – ‘The righteous are as bold as lions! ‘
Who are the righteous? The righteous ones are those who put their trust in the Lord and in his power and ability. Fear abounds where we fail to trust that God is actually with us.
Use your leadership to spell this truth out: God is with you!
Boldness and courage comes as we remember His promises
Phil 4:13 – ‘I can do all things through Him who gives me strength!’
Mt 28:20 – ‘I am with you always!’
Ps 118:6 –‘The Lord is with me, I will not be afraid!’
In part 2 we’ll talk about how we can turn this boldness into making opportunities for growth.