Mark of the Believer!

Acts 4:13-14 “Now when they say the boldness of Peter & John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized they had been with Jesus. But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition.”

We are living in an age where it seems like Christians are more concerned about end times and the mark of the beast than they are about the mark of the believer. This pre-occupation with end times points to an escapist mentality that wants to get out of the world because the world is a bad, dark and evil place. It’s interesting to note that Jesus is trying to get his body into the world to change it, while we are trying to get out of the world to escape it.

Matthew 6:10 “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The early church advanced the kingdom of God on planet earth because they assumed the posture of boldness rather than closet Christianity. 

I believe boldness is the forgotten mark of the believer. We often hear about faith, hope and love and rightly we should but boldness is a key theme running throughout the Book of Acts and the heros of the Bible. Boldness is is being “Fearless before danger; Possessing a daring spirit; Having unyielding confidence and Standing out prominently.” The enemy of your soul has an agenda to snuff out your boldness because a bold believer is a powerful believer. Boldness isn’t a manifestation of certain personalities but a byproduct of being baptised with the Holy Spirit and spending time with Jesus.

That’s what the Jewish authorities saw in Peter and John in Acts 4:13-14. There are 4 key things that come out of this passage:

  1. Boldness is VISIBLEThey saw… Bold talk has to transfer to bold action.
  2. Boldness CONTRADICTS our circumstancesThey were astonished… Boldness can take you places your education or lack of never will.
  3. Boldness leaves people SPEECHLESSThey said nothing… Let your bold example speak for itself.
  4. Boldness is a byproduct of being with JESUS They recognized they’d been with Jesus… Who are you spending the majority of your time with? 

Lead the change!

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