Bold is Beautiful

Romans 10:14-15 NIV - How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!

Acts 4:29-31 NIV - Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

Throughout the New Testament, we see the ministry of evangelism as foundational to the mission of the Church.  Many people are alienated from God because they’ve never heard a clear and compelling presentation of the truth of Christ and why Jesus absolutely matters to them.  Our culture is often hostile toward those who try to convert others to their religion, so many avoid evangelism out of fear.  Yet God’s call to proclaim the Good News and make new disciples is clear, even in a hostile culture (such as the 1st Century).  Though other skills are often important, communicating boldly is a huge factor in effective evangelism.  How often do you pray for God to give you boldness in your Christian witness to others?  How much more frequently should you pray for the same boldness that the early Church had requested from God?  Being bold is not about being obnoxious.  Consistent boldness in evangelism is a beautiful expression of a faith that is fueled by God’s Spirit.  Don’t be impatient or give up.  Don’t be timid with truth.  Bolder is better.  Bold is beautiful.