Posted by: missionventureministries | February 27, 2016

WITNESSING BOLDLY FOR CHRIST – Acts 4:18-20

John and Peter

But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to Him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:19-20) 

Every Christian knows that he or she should witness for Christ, but most are very reluctant to speak in His name very often. The most obvious reason for this hesitancy is apprehension. Sometimes we may be actually forbidden as were Peter and John: “And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.” But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to Him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:18-20) 

They were bold in their witness for Christ and prayed: “Lord, behold their threatening: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word” (Acts 4:29). 

Many times our apprehension comes from fear of physical persecution or personal harm. There can also be a fear of mockery, or loss of prestige or position. This kind of fear is not part of the character of true Christians, “for God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). If we love the Lord we must learn to conquer our fear of men. 

How often do current professional and business men, even theologians, compromise their stand for Christ and His inerrant Word because of fear of peer pressure? And, because of their high position, they refuse to take an open stand for Christ. Just as it is stated in Scripture: “Among the chief rulers also many believed on Him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” (John 12:42-43) 

We should ask God to give us the courage of Paul. “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,” he wrote, “for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.” (Romans 1:16) 

We should not fear to witness because our God who has proven Himself faithful throughout the years is always with us. Because His character doesn’t change, we can say with a confident voice of faith, “The Sovereign Lord is my strength” (Habakkuk 3:19). Therefore, we should go and boldly witness for Him. 

Remember Jesus said: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-20). God did not intend for this command to give us feelings of fear or inadequacy. Instead, this command illustrates God’s desire to include us in His wonderful plan to redeem mankind. 

So let us study the Word, live the Christian life, let the Holy Spirit do His work and look for opportunities to share the gospel. It is a privilege to be a part of spreading God’s good news to the world; and as we fulfill the Great Commission, we have Jesus’ wonderful promise, “Surely I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). Therefore, what have we to fear? 

Remember what Paul said: “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ (Galatians 1:10). Therefore, we are told that “We ought to obey God rather than men” ()

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  1. How absolutely TIMELY the subject matter. At this very moment we are in the final throes of producing March’s newsletters which emphasize soul-winning. PTL!


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