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Day Five – “Cheerful Courage”

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Acts 4:31, 14:3, 18:26, 19:8, 28:30-31 (TNIV)

Acts 4:31 - 31 After 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.

Acts 14:3 - 3 So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders.

Acts 18:26 - 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.

Acts 19:8 - 8 Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.

Acts 28:30-31 - 30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!

Reflection:

The verses above are just a few examples of the word “boldness” in Acts.  When Jesus gave the mission and calling to his disciples to bear witness to the Gospel, he did not abandon them to just share second-hand without confidence.  Rather, the message was shared with great God-given boldness, confirmed with signs and wonders.  This boldness did not die down over time or become diminished through persecution – rather the boldness only increased.  The book of Acts ends with Paul preaching with all boldness and without hindrance.  In many ways, this boldness of preaching throughout the years is the reason why we are part of the church today!

Responding to the Transmission:

Will we join in the sharing of the Gospel with this boldness?  The boldness was not exclusive to the believers of the early church, nor was it based on Paul, Peter, or Barnabas’ personalities.  No, this boldness comes from the Lord and fills all who embrace the calling to go and share what the Lord has done in our lives.  With this confident assurance, let’s pray for God’s Kingdom to be proclaimed boldly through our churches in all the places that He has placed us.

Day Four – “Open My Lips”

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Day Three – “Convinced and Compelled for Christ”

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Day Two – “Lord, stretch out Your hand”

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Cheerful Courage

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Day One – “We cannot not speak!”

Monday, June 7th, 2010