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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Boldly Proclaiming Christ"

Date published: 04/09/2012
 
Acts 2:14 “Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: ‘Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.’”  (NIV)  
 
The speech Peter was about to give would have been a normal speech for any other man, but for Peter it was a pure demonstration of the transforming power of Christ.  Peter stood before a crowd of thousands boldly proclaiming Jesus even though a little more than 40 days prior he not only was not professing Jesus, but was renouncing Him!  The miracle of Peter’s transformation from forsaking Jesus to boldly proclaiming Jesus overshadows the fact that He was an uneducated fisherman. Peter’s transformation illuminates Jesus’ promise to Peter in Matthew 4:19 - "‘Come, follow Me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’"  Without concern for his safety and competency, Peter boldly stood before thousands and proclaimed Jesus.  In Acts 2:41 you see how God used Peter’s transformed life to add 3,000 to their number - ”Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”  What made the difference in Peter’s life?  “Meeting the risen Christ!”  Your ability to share Christ does not depend on your education, skills, and experience, but on Christ in you.  Matthew 10:19-20 says, “But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it.  At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”  Just as Peter was able to boldly proclaim Christ, so you will also be able to share Christ.  It will not be you who does the sharing, but Christ in you!  God only needs your availability and willingness, and He will do the rest.  Allow Christ to express His life through you both in word and deed.    
 
2 Timothy 4:17 “But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion's mouth.” (NIV)