Baptism Challenge - Day 11

Welcome to Day 11 of the Baptism Challenge! 

 

Here's the scripture in today's video: Acts 4:13

Each day, I'll be including the Scripture of the day in 3 different versions: ESV, NIV, and KJV. If you have a preferred translations at your church, great. Hopefully it's one of these. It can be helpful to compare various translations to get a feel of the full texture of what the Scripture is saying. 

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. (English Standard Version)

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (New International Version)

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. (King James Version)

Quick explanation of the way the Baptism Challenge works:

As you put all the pieces of your testimony together, you might feel a bit timid or uncertain about actually delivering it in front of people. Read Acts 4:13

 

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.

 

Peter and John, and really all of the early church, had a boldness about them that made other people stop and take notice. Peter was the same disciple that denied Jesus when He was on trial and ultimately crucified. What changed? That boldness didn’t come from within themselves. They didn’t learn it. It came from them spending time with Jesus and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in their lives. When people took notice of their boldness, it didn’t make them think about what great guys Peter and John were. It made them think about the fact that they had been with Jesus. As you continue to spend time with Jesus in God’s Word and through prayer, the same Holy Spirit that gave Peter and John boldness is at work in your life…not so that people will take notice of you but so that they will notice God through you. Trust the Spirit to give you the strength you need to share your testimony with boldness. 

 

Challenge: Stitch all the pieces of your testimony together. Share it with your mentor and pastor.