Being a faithful witness to the gospel can bring many challenges to the Christian life. Many Christians have come to realize that following Jesus doesn’t automatically remove the chains of afflictions we experience in this life. Regardless of our circumstances, God wants His followers to be a bold and faithful witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in this world.
God can do amazing things through ordinary people who are empowered by the Holy Spirit. In the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit was given to all believers and the church was born. The church is God's chosen instrument in the world for sharing the good news about Jesus Christ. The book of Acts is all about the unhindered movement of God throughout the world as the gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed through the church. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the early church was an unstoppable movement that proclaimed the Kingdom of God and Jesus Christ as the only way to eternal life. Today, the church empowered by the Holy Spirit is called to continue God's redeeming work in the world by fulfilling God's mission of making Jesus known to the ends of the earth.
Application: Being bold and courageous for Christ is the result of our dependance on the Holy Spirit and our confidence in the gospel. Our boldness for Christ will be on display when we allow God to use us to bring hope and life to a lost and broken world. Pray that God will help you to be bold for Christ!