Arkansas Baptist News
I am amazed by the human body and the wonderful things it can do.
I often watch in awe as athletes perform what seem to be superhuman feats – all in an effort to defeat a foe on the field of play.
It dawned on me recently, while watching a sporting event, the God of the universe gives His children the same “championship” power to witness through power and the might of the Holy Spirit!
As Christ-followers in the 21st century, why don’t we live out our faith in champion like fashion, through the Spirit of God, seeking to do all we can to bring everyone we can to a saving knowledge of Christ?
So how do 21st century Christians stack up to first century Christians in their witness and characteristics?
According to the Book Acts (also known as Acts of the Apostles), first century Christians were:
– Filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4).
– Thrilled as they saw thousands respond to the gospel message (Acts 2:41-47).
– Bold and Courageous – like Peter, John and the first martyr Stephen – even in the face of suffering and death (Acts 4-7).
– Always ready to tell others of their crucified and risen Lord, such as in Acts 3:12-26 when Peter seizes the opportunity to preach after the healing of the crippled beggar, or in Acts 8 when Philip preaches in Samaria.
As I read through these Scriptures, it is evident to me that first century Christians were definitely committed to excellence when it came to telling others about Jesus Christ!
All we have to do is look around us and read today’s headlines to see there is an urgency to be a bold witness for Jesus Christ today, perhaps today more than ever in the history of the world!
Take a minute to consider the spiritual condition of those you come in contact with each week.
Commit to pray for them, asking God to open a door of opportunity to witness to them and be a champion for Christ!
Tim Yarbrough is editor of the Arkansas Baptist News. Contact him at email@example.com.