The conversation you’re about to listen to is bold. Bulldog bold. Tenaciously truthful.
As I listen to myself sharing the gospel with the most successful sex worker in the U.S., I think, Who is that talking?! (Communicating truth in love comes easily for me, but sharing boldly does not.)
You Can Be This Bold Too (Please Do!)
I tell you this not to brag, but to make sure you understand that I was not this bold on my own. I’ve been reading the book of Acts recently, and part 2 of this podcast makes me think of Acts 4:13,
“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.”
What turns timid people like you and me into bold bulldogs for the faith? There is only One who can accomplish such a feat: the Spirit of Jesus in us. This is a regular theme in the books of Acts. Whenever Jesus’ disciples are filled with the Holy Spirit, this is the result: they speak the Word of God with boldness:
“And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31).
This boldness is not just for the twelve apostles who knew Jesus face-to-face and performed miracles in His name. It is also for all who are filled with Jesus’ Spirit in 2020. It is for you and for me.
This boldness is not just for special occasions like podcast conversations. It is also for ordinary, everyday interactions with neighbors.
The elders at my church often remind us that “whatever God is going to do, He will do through all His people.” Not only through those with a microphone, but through every man, woman, and child who is filled with the Spirit. Do you believe that the Holy Spirit wants to use your life and mouth to grow His Church? (He does!)
Pray for Bold Lips
In this interview, Alice mentions the need for consent before boldly sharing with someone, but the apostles had the opposite experience. They were commanded “not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus” (Acts 4:18). So did they shut their lips? Nope, they opened them first in prayer:
“. . . And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness” (v. 29).
What was the result?
“And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness” (v. 31).
If the early church prayed for bold lips, how much more should we? Will you join me in praying that we will:
- Be bold witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection (Acts 2:32),
- Exhibit this boldness every day (Acts 5:42),
- See many added to the church every day, including Alice (Acts 2:47).
Please note: Boldness does not mean we are jerks. Jesus was full of grace and truth (John 1:14), and the same is true of all of His followers who are filled with His Spirit (Acts 6:8).
A Bold Conversation with the Top U.S. Sex Worker
In Part 2, here are the five statements Alice and I respond to:
- “It is loving to warn someone who is seducing others to sin.”
- “People should not feel shame for exploring their sexual desires.”
- “Intimacy is beautiful no matter the sexual expression.”
- “We are accountable to God for every thought, word, and action.”
- “Sin can suppress people’s consciences so that they no longer experience guilt.”
I’d love to hear from you after you listen to part 2. What stood out to you? Also, which comes easier for you in conversations with people who don’t know Jesus? Grace or truth? Love or boldness?
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