I remember the days of "I triple dog dare you!" It was always something trivial, but for me at that moment, it took a lot of guts to complete the dare. Whether it was drinking hot sauce or running outside in sub-freezing temps without a shirt on, I had to be bold or face the ridicule of not taking the dare. But then again, those really didn't mean anything in the grand scheme of life. But what about our faith? How bold are we when it comes to matters of living and speaking out our faith? Boldness is defined as, "not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger; courageous and daring." Now let's be honest the "actual or possible danger" that we may face in response to our faith is much different than that of someone in the underground church of China. However, I often find my boldness lacking when it comes to my faith. Sometimes it's because I fear rejection. Sometimes it's because I fear ridicule. Sometimes it's just because I'm lazy. But then there are those times when I am truly bold about my faith and God shows up and does something incredible because of my boldness. I want that to happen daily! I want to speak out and live out my faith with boldness! It's in 2 Timothy 1 where the secret to this bold faith is found. Paul clearly tells Timothy that boldness comes from genuine faith. Genuine faith is real. Genuine faith is authentic. But what does that look like in our lives? In verse 6 we find that it is faith that is actually practiced. Just like a sports player we must "fan into flame" daily our spiritual walk. We have to practice! That includes studying the Bible, intense prayer, worship, and practicing our spiritual giftings. In verses 7 and 12 we realize that in order to truly have authentic faith we have to know God enough to trust Him. We never give trust to people we don't intimately know. It's no different with God. Our faith can never be genuine if we don't attempt to get to know Him personally. And then even when our natural circumstances bring doubt we still stand strong on our intimate knowledge of who God is. However, authentic faith doesn't stop with daily practice and knowing God. Verse 14 reminds us that we must rely on the power of the Holy Spirit! Check out the book of Acts and see how much the early church relied on this power. Authentic faith must be full of the power of the Holy Spirit. It's then that the gifts of the Holy Spirit begin to operate and things happen! Through practicing our faith, knowing God intimately, and being full of the Holy Spirit we can become bold. Now that' s authentic faith in action!
Family Challenge: Talk about some times when you have not been bold in your faith. Talk about some times when you have been. What were the major differences? Read some of the stories of the early church found in Acts and discuss how the power of the Holy Spirit enabled them. Pray together that the Holy Spirit would fill each person in your family.
ONE Weekend // March 11-12 // Rock&Worship Roadshow & Community Service
Magic Mountain // March 18-20 // $50 Deposit due by March 8
Japan Yard Sale // March 26 // Got stuff to donate? Let us know!
T6 Worship Night // March 27 // 6pm at the T6 Youth Room