Rev. Larry Blaikie: Every believer is called to be bold – The Kingston Whig-Standard

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Rev. Larry Blaikie  •  Cornwall Wesleyan Church

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One of the believers from Cyprus, a man the apostles called Barnabas (Son of Encouragement) is featured in the book of Acts in the New Testament of the Bible.The Bible Art Library is a collection of commissioned biblical paintings. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, under a work-for-hire contract, artist Jim Padgett created illustrations for 208 Bible stories encompassing the entire Bible from Genesis through Revelation. There are over 2200 high-quality, colorful, and authentic illustrations. The illustrations are high quality, biblically and culturally accurate, supporting the reality of the stories and bringing them to life. They can be used to enhance communication of Bible stories in printed, video, digital, and/or audio forms. Photo by BibleArtLibrary /Getty Images/iStockphoto

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We have been working on a series titled Boldness.

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Boldness is behaviour born out of true belief. If we are passionate about something, we will act or speak about what we truly believe.

People who have accepted Jesus as their personal saviour and invited him into their lives are filled with God’s Holy Spirit should be spiritually bold, as God provides opportunity. It is because of the infilling of the Holy Spirit that believers can have the assurance Jesus is real, God the father is real, and the scriptures are reliable and true.

With this knowledge also come the realization that eternity with God is a result of believing in Jesus Christ and calling upon his name.

In Acts Chapter 4, Paul and Barnabas had just healed a man paralyzed for 40 years. In an instant, his muscles were restored and his ability to walk was present. The rulers of that day did not like what Paul and Barnabas they were doing, nor the name (Jesus) they were using.

You can read the story, but here is the response.

Acts 4:8–10 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? 10 Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead.

Paul and Barnabas were bold in their faith as they were guided by the Holy Spirit.

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That is great advice for us as well. But always remember boldness is not the goal— knowing Jesus is the goal. Boldness is always a byproduct of knowing Jesus.

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To summarize, here are four quick points to help us to be bold:

No. 1 – Time: the more time we spend connecting with God, through prayer, scriptures, etc., leads to more of;

No. 2 – Faith: Time with Christ will increase your faith in God and what God can do in and around our lives, and that will lead to;

No. 3 – Boldness: As we spend time with God and hear from his spirit, that increases our faith, which increases our boldness to speak the valuable message of Jesus Christ when the opportunity arises.

No. 4 – Results: As we become bold for Christ we will see results which will result in us spending more time with God, and the cycle continues.

Time, Faith, Boldness, Results.

Too often, we think only the specially trained people can be bold for their faith, but look at how the religious leaders of the day viewed Paul and Barnabas.

Acts 4: 13 13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.

They were just ordinary men. God is calling every believer to be bold in their lives. Bold in the way they live and the way they talk.

We are called to give reason for the hope that we have. As God opens up doors of opportunity, I pray you will have the boldness to share the hope you have.

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