Faith Building & Faith Sharing Series
Second Sunday Night of the Month
Recap from December 8, 2013
It is clear throughout scripture that each believer is personally called to share the gospel with his or her family, friends, and acquaintances. It is just as clear, though, that most Christians struggle immensely to do this on a consistent basis. While hundreds of reasons could be considered for this common struggle we face, fear of man is perhaps the greatest hindrance that otherwise well-intended, evangelistically-burdened believers battle against.
On December 8, Dave Griffieth challenged the body from Revelation 19 with the important truth that we have absolutely no reason to fear man. As he unfolded the chapter, he demonstrated to us how the application of the text as it comes to bear on our struggles evanangetlstically clearly shows us why we should not fear man in our call to share the gospel.
While the judgments throughout the book of Revelation can certainly burden us to witness to our loved ones out of fear that they might be otherwise inflicted in such ways, Dave brought us to recognize that a clear and accurate view of God (as put on display throughout the chapter) is what provides us the greatest motivation for evangelism and the best defense against fearing man. If we see what our great God is doing and, indeed, what he will do in the future, we are left with nothing to concern ourselves with except his glory and sovereign will.
Dave gave us from Revelation 19 two basic reasons why we should not fear man. The first reason is because we should, rather, fear God the Judge. This reality of God’s judgment is evidenced in the first and third sections of the chapter. Even the worst that the world can do to us cannot begin to be compared with what He will do to judge the world of sin. So a snide remark, a lost friendship, or even a martyr’s death gives us little to fear when we consider the impending judgment of God.
The second reason from the text is clear as the text continues to unfold: We should not fear man because we ought, rather, to focus on our beloved Husband, Jesus Christ. And, indeed, if our lives and focus are on Him who gave Himself for us and the One who is coming to claim us as His bride, then all earthly distractions—including temporal persecution—pale in the bright radiance of His glory!
If you missed this stirring challenge, the audio mp3 is available here. Join us on January 12 as we continue to highlight the needs and opportunities around us.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”