Posted by: theedwardsfam | May 13, 2011

Marks of the Messenger

I just read this book in 2 days. It was phenomenal. I would encourage you to read it because everyone will benefit from reading this book. It wasn’t a hard book to read either. It was deep and yet simple. You can order it on Amazon here.

Below is a quote that stood out to me the most our of the whole book.

“Boldness is not a lack of fear. It is faith in something bigger our fears so that we appear fearless. Confidence in something bigger than our fears gives us the strength to do the right thing in spite of opposition or persecution. If anything is needed in Christian witness today, it is boldness. We don’t need bigger music ministries, longer prayer walks or nicer church foyers. We need boldness–wise boldness, gracious boldness, boldness rooted in the hope that we have in the gospel, boldness mixed with love, but boldness nonetheless.” (Pages 82-83)

“So we must ask why we are timid…the basic obstacle to boldness is the fear of man (Proverbs 29:25). The fear of man is the fear that another person might expose, shame or harm you. And it’s the greatest single obstacle to evangelism. Fear of man replaces God and sets people as our chief end, our chief idol…we become people pleasers and so tell people what they want to hear. We shift blame and convince ourselves people won’t listen. We tell ourselves that evangelism is too offensive. We run all the possible negative responses through our heads. The list goes on. By not dealing with our fear problem, we limit or distort evangelistic opportunities.” (Pages 83-84, emphasis added)

If Paul requests prayer to be fearless with the gospel, we should endeavor to gather prayers from others for ourselves. We need others to pray that we would have opportunities to share, that when opportunities come we would be clear and have the right words, and most of all, that when we share we would be as fearless as Paul.” (Pages 85-86, emphasis added)


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