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Acts 5

This week in Daily Devotionals we are going to look at evangelism in scripture! We are asking God to save 3,000 people at NewSpring Church, and all of us are going to have to move out of our comfort zone to see this happen. As you pray through the Pray for 3k guide and read devotionals about evangelism, think about who YOU should invite to church this weekend.

Acts 5

The book of Acts is not for wimps. It’s a direct challenge to our natural desire to play it safe. While well-intentioned televangelized voices say Christianity is about comfort and prosperity, the Bible paints a much different picture. Peter and John’s trial before the Sanhedrin is just the beginning. The early church endured prison, beatings, exposure to death, stoning, shipwrecks, sleeplessness, hunger, thirst and nakedness as a result of proclaiming Jesus as Lord. They counted it “all joy” and rejoiced that they suffered for Jesus. Most of us have never been flogged for our faith nor should we desire to be. We shouldn’t feel guilty that we haven’t endured that kind of persecution. Rather, we should be challenged to stand up in our current circumstances.

God placed us in this time and place so His name might be glorified now. Are we boldly carrying His name into every area of our lives or are we hiding behind the warm blanket of apathy and comfort? The reward of a life spent boldly living for Jesus far outweighs any temporary consequences we may endure. Who knows what the repercussions of sharing Jesus in your school, workplace or family will be? But we can be sure that whatever we face, Christ has gone before us so in any situation we can boldly share the gospel.

The above is an excerpt from the Acts “All In” devotional guide. You can find the Acts Guide and more resources here: http://newspring.cc/blog/resources/

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