Praying for boldness: Ephesians 6:19-20 — “And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains.”

The apostle Paul is asking fellow believers to pray that he would have a heaven-sent boldness in sharing the gospel. The word gospel means good news. Good news because our sins can be forgiven, and heaven can be our eternal home.

Unfortunately, just as in Paul’s day, most people still reject the Gospel. People did not agree with his message. Therefore, they used the tactic or strategy, if you can’t discredit the message, discredit the messenger at any cost. If you can’t silence the message, silence the messenger. The table had urned on Paul. The hunter became the hunted. He was determined to stamp out Christianity at any cost.

However, God had a different plan for Paul’s life. God transformed his life through the gospel by a life-changing encounter with Jesus. Paul would end up giving his life for the opportunity to share with others the sinless life of Jesus, his sacrificial death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead.

A repentant sinner may spend eternity in heaven with Jesus. I asked the congregation to pray that I would have boldness to share the gospel and the willingness to face the consequences for sharing the truth about sin in a loving way.

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— Pastor Doug Christy

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