Pastor Ann is beginning a special series on BOLDNESS this Sunday at 10:55 a.m. We hope that you’ll join us.
Many of us dream of being bold about something in our lives. You know that thing that excites you; that thing that you really want to tell people about; that one thing that you truly have a burning passion for!
Are you bold about this passion? Do you share it with others? Do you tell them in person or via text? Do you use facetime or facebook? Maybe you shout it out on twitter or Instagram or youtube or tiktok or………
Or maybe you don’t share your passion with anyone because you believe others will think you silly or weird or intolerant or _____________. Not everyone is designed to be bold, right? Not everyone has the courage to speak out or have a public celebration. Some people are just shy, like you or me. Some people just don’t want to rock the boat.
Jesus was passionate about the message of Good News that He brought to us. After His resurrection, His apostles were passionate about this same Good News. These men weren’t scholars or priests. They were simple, quiet people.
On the day of Pentecost, and all the days after that, these people became BOLD through the Holy Spirit. They shared the Good News with everyone they met. They prayed for boldness and confidence to speak out no matter the cost to themselves. In the face of true persecution, Peter and the other disciples spoke out. They were imprisoned, stoned, crucified for their passionate boldness. But they continued to boldly speak out.
It’s time to be bold. We won’t be imprisoned, stoned or crucified in this country for speaking out about our passion for Jesus and His Good News. We may help save a soul. We will be a blessing to someone if we allow Him to lead us in boldness. Join us this week in speaking out. Bless someone in Jesus’ name, offer to pray for someone you don’t know, invite a new person to church with you and ask him every day to guide you into new boldness for Him.