Monday, January 6, 2014

Acts 20 Study - Day 8 "No Hesitation"

Hello Everyone,

I pray that your New Year is going well so far.  We have now  reached day eight of the Acts 20 Bible Study.  Let's get started.



Acts 20:25-27

New International Version (NIV)
25 “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. 26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.

Paul is about to depart Miletus.  He knows he will not see them again.  He lets them know that he is innocent of the blood of all men, meaning that if someone had not accepted Jesus Christ it was not his fault and this is why, because he did not hesitate to proclaim the whole will, or counsel, of God.  

Can we say that we have not hesitated in proclaiming the whole will of God?  What is it that makes some of us hesitate to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Is it fear or lack of knowing what to say?

How can we stop hesitating when it comes to sharing the gift of Jesus Christ?

First, we must pray and ask God to give us holy boldness by His Spirit, so we can spread the gospel without fear.

Second, we need to study how Jesus and the disciples witnessed to unbelievers.  Keep in mind St. John 3:17, Jesus said that He came not to condemn the world but to save it. Therefore we must remember that it is not our job to condemn anyone!  It is our job to witness to them out of love and kindness.

There are also great books on how to effectively witness in this present age. However great those how to books are, the Bible is still the best one to follow.

Third, remember there is power in numbers.  Consider joining your churches witnessing team.  Jesus sent the disciples out in twos.  When you go out to witness in groups you can encourage each other.  However you still need to be comfortable witnessing on your own.

Dear God our Father, thank You for redeeming and saving us through the death, burial and resurrection of Your son Jesus Christ. Help us not to hesitate to share the the Good News. Give us Holy Boldness and courage in Jesus' name we pray.  Amen. 

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