Have you ever stood down rather than stand up to defend the Gospel? Have you ever not taken advantage of an opportunity to speak up for Jesus? Can anyone say they are never intimidated by others when it comes to giving witness to the Lord?
Most Christians struggle regularly with boldness. Yet Peter and the apostles, having been transformed by Holy Spirit on Pentecost, are boldly proclaiming the Good News even in Jerusalem...even in the Temple...even in the "hangout" of the religious leaders (the Sanhedrin) at the Temple. Their boldness is a good example to every disciple of the power of God working through average people.
Listen to this message. As Holy Spirit speaks, respond to his grace. And may God empower his church to new heights of Boldness in Jesus' name! - Kirk McCormick
Vignette 1 – The Obstacles of Courage
Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. ‘Go, stand in the temple courts,’ he said, ‘and tell the people the full message of this new life.’”
Principle: God will allow nothing to stand in the way of the proclamation of his gospel and the expansion of his church.
Application: God sets us free (not from a “Public, Earthly Prison”, but