Oct. 7, 2021

Reaching Out in Boldness

Reaching Out in Boldness

The Scripture says "The righteous are as bold as a lion!" but we don't always feel bold. We all deal with fear and timidity or with pride and arrogance. In this episode, we talk about how to minister on the sidewalk with a humble confidence that the...


The Scripture says "The righteous are as bold as a lion!" but we don't always feel bold. We all deal with fear and timidity or with pride and arrogance. In this episode, we talk about how to minister on the sidewalk with a humble confidence that the Bible calls boldness.

Transcript
WEBVTT 1 00:00:00.560 --> 00:00:05.759 I Am Yours, I am yours, I am yours. S and me, 2 00:00:06.160 --> 00:00:11.349 Lord, I am yours, I am yours. I'm welcome to the 3 00:00:11.429 --> 00:00:17.309 Gospel Center Pray Life Podcast, a podcast designed to equip, encourage and challenge 4 00:00:17.350 --> 00:00:20.910 you in pray life ministry, and always with a focus on the Gospel. 5 00:00:20.949 --> 00:00:35.380 Stay tuned. I felt show passish, touch your heart, use me well. 6 00:00:35.500 --> 00:00:39.409 Welcome back to the Gospel Center pray life podcast. Appreciate you guys joining 7 00:00:39.450 --> 00:00:42.850 us and, as always, would appreciate if you guys would share this podcast 8 00:00:42.890 --> 00:00:47.289 episode with others who might be blessed, people that you know that are serving, 9 00:00:47.409 --> 00:00:52.399 maybe alongside of you on the sidewalk, or maybe you have connections with 10 00:00:52.479 --> 00:00:57.079 people in social media that also do sidewalk ministry or that are thinking about doing 11 00:00:57.119 --> 00:01:00.240 sidewalk ministry. We think this podcast would be a blessing to them and we 12 00:01:00.359 --> 00:01:04.989 hope that this episode will be a blessing to anybody who's listening, and we 13 00:01:06.030 --> 00:01:10.590 would like to just be an encouragement. That's that's the goal of these things. 14 00:01:10.909 --> 00:01:14.950 We have some experiences. We've been involved in sidewalk ministry for a good 15 00:01:15.030 --> 00:01:18.739 while and think we have something we can teach you, guys. May Be 16 00:01:18.939 --> 00:01:22.219 learning from our mistakes, and so you guys don't have to make your own 17 00:01:22.219 --> 00:01:26.060 mistakes. You can let us make mistakes for you. But we hope to 18 00:01:26.299 --> 00:01:30.099 encourage you and we hope this episode, where we're going to be focusing on 19 00:01:30.420 --> 00:01:36.930 the subject of boldness, will just in do you with boldness and with courage. 20 00:01:37.890 --> 00:01:42.689 So so we're going to jump into it pretty quick right. Yeah, 21 00:01:42.730 --> 00:01:46.170 I mean some, some counselors. I train counselors. That's what I do, 22 00:01:46.290 --> 00:01:49.280 is I train the sideblock counselors. Some of them come right from the 23 00:01:49.439 --> 00:01:53.159 beginning just bold. Yeah, you can tell you you got to hold them 24 00:01:53.200 --> 00:01:59.200 back almost from from speaking with authority and boldness, and then some are very, 25 00:01:59.239 --> 00:02:05.510 very timid and and will change over time, and then some never seem 26 00:02:05.670 --> 00:02:12.069 to quite get that. Yeah, but I do believe it can be developed 27 00:02:12.629 --> 00:02:17.300 and, as in all things, the best way to develop any quality or 28 00:02:17.379 --> 00:02:23.020 characteristic that's going to be necessary for ministry is through the Bible. Figure it 29 00:02:23.060 --> 00:02:25.620 out. What is the Bible? Tell us how how did because it, 30 00:02:27.259 --> 00:02:34.689 interestingly enough, the Bible gives great guidance in how to be bold. You 31 00:02:34.770 --> 00:02:38.490 know, how to develop that quality of boldness. Yeah, yeah, I 32 00:02:38.610 --> 00:02:44.090 think just to preface this. Above and beyond anything, our boldness comes through 33 00:02:44.250 --> 00:02:49.000 God's work in us. And there is, I mean, what we definitely 34 00:02:49.120 --> 00:02:53.280 do not want to embrace and what we definitely own this podcast do not want 35 00:02:53.280 --> 00:02:58.949 to push and encourage people in his pride and like this idea of mean, 36 00:02:59.469 --> 00:03:02.789 let's say, self confidence. We should be confident in ourselves as far as 37 00:03:02.949 --> 00:03:07.189 what God has done in us and what God is able to do through us. 38 00:03:07.990 --> 00:03:13.939 But self reliance, we want to just I mean a whore self reliance. 39 00:03:14.419 --> 00:03:17.580 Self reliance is not a Christian quality. We're supposed to rely on the 40 00:03:17.659 --> 00:03:22.580 Lord in his work through us, for sure. And so, Hey, 41 00:03:23.379 --> 00:03:28.849 we're not talking about pride, we're not talking about you doing everything in your 42 00:03:28.889 --> 00:03:30.490 strengths. Matter of fact, that's kind of where our boldness comes from, 43 00:03:30.650 --> 00:03:34.969 is doing things in the strength of the Lord. But we are talking about 44 00:03:34.969 --> 00:03:38.409 a confidence, a confidence, I mean I think like David. That's that's 45 00:03:38.490 --> 00:03:44.000 probably where my mind always goes when I think of boldness and confidence and just 46 00:03:44.080 --> 00:03:49.759 kind of that balance between humility and confidence and which the opposite of humility would 47 00:03:49.759 --> 00:03:53.039 be pride, right, and then self confidence. You See David, the 48 00:03:53.120 --> 00:04:00.669 young shepherd boy with a total boldness and confidence in that whole showdown with Goliath 49 00:04:00.710 --> 00:04:03.030 right and even before that, as he's talking to the you know, to 50 00:04:03.110 --> 00:04:08.550 the king, and he's talking to the other Army folks that are supposed to 51 00:04:08.550 --> 00:04:12.659 be doing something about this Goliath, about this giant, and he really speaks 52 00:04:12.740 --> 00:04:16.139 in some what you might perceive to be prideful ways, but you'll notice his 53 00:04:16.259 --> 00:04:20.220 language is not one of like self reliance and self confidence, but more of 54 00:04:20.379 --> 00:04:24.449 what the Lord like. The Lord delivered the lion in the bared to my 55 00:04:24.529 --> 00:04:28.610 hands and he's going to deliver this uncircumcised Philistine into my hands. So he's 56 00:04:28.850 --> 00:04:31.810 he's really this is he's putting the ball in the Lord's Court, so to 57 00:04:31.850 --> 00:04:35.089 speak, and he knows, he has confidence in what the Lord has done, 58 00:04:35.730 --> 00:04:40.519 knowing that God is the same and knowing what the Lord is going to 59 00:04:40.639 --> 00:04:46.319 do to this uncircumstance Philistine. So I think about David and that real balance 60 00:04:46.240 --> 00:04:53.709 between humility and confidence, and you know, as it translates into really a 61 00:04:53.990 --> 00:04:59.470 boldness that this young man shows up on a battlefield with a sling and ultimately 62 00:04:59.589 --> 00:05:02.029 takes the sword of that Goliath, that giant, and lops his head off 63 00:05:02.110 --> 00:05:05.870 with his own sword. That's that's yeah, that's a story of boldness in 64 00:05:05.949 --> 00:05:10.819 action. And then there's a story that you pointed me to when we were 65 00:05:10.860 --> 00:05:16.740 talking about this podcast. That is in acts, for yeah, and I 66 00:05:17.060 --> 00:05:21.889 had I've certainly been familiar and red acts for many times, but I had 67 00:05:23.009 --> 00:05:28.689 never looked at it in you know, kind of broken it apart, looking 68 00:05:29.009 --> 00:05:34.129 for what gave Peter and John Their boldness and the fact that boldness is discussed 69 00:05:35.120 --> 00:05:44.759 throughout this this chapter of acts, and it was really an interesting exercise to 70 00:05:44.800 --> 00:05:49.189 go through and I just broke it apart step by step because I think it 71 00:05:49.389 --> 00:05:55.670 is a beautiful validation of what you just said, how we find our boldness 72 00:05:55.790 --> 00:06:01.149 in the Lord. But there were some very specific things that are pointed out 73 00:06:01.149 --> 00:06:08.740 in that chapter that were true of John and Peter that gave them the boldness 74 00:06:08.860 --> 00:06:16.379 that I think just are directly applicable to you if we're volunteering and we desire 75 00:06:16.860 --> 00:06:21.050 that boldness, because that that boldness is is an important equipping work of God 76 00:06:21.850 --> 00:06:28.610 for a ministry to go like ours, a sidewalk ministry, to go forth. 77 00:06:29.569 --> 00:06:31.490 So I mean, look at the look at did different point when make 78 00:06:31.569 --> 00:06:36.600 me for I well, you know, I would say the opposite of boldness 79 00:06:36.759 --> 00:06:43.439 would would be timidity, and we know that famous passages of scripture, or 80 00:06:43.519 --> 00:06:46.360 Paul Tells Timothy. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but 81 00:06:46.439 --> 00:06:50.029 of power, love and a sound mind, and that word fear could actually 82 00:06:50.029 --> 00:06:55.110 be translated timidity. God has not given us a spirit of timidity. Like 83 00:06:55.269 --> 00:07:00.509 we shouldn't be timid. Now there's meekness, and we know Jesus is meek, 84 00:07:00.670 --> 00:07:02.740 right, he says, learned from me, for I am meek and 85 00:07:02.939 --> 00:07:09.139 lowly of heart. Right, but Jesus was not timid. And so there's 86 00:07:09.180 --> 00:07:13.779 these words that we use like timid and meek, that that kind of could 87 00:07:13.899 --> 00:07:17.370 mean the same thing in some sense, but they don't mean the same thing 88 00:07:17.529 --> 00:07:24.490 and it really comes from a confidence and a reliance on the Lord. God 89 00:07:24.610 --> 00:07:27.529 has not given us a spirit of timidity. So when we're on the sidewalk 90 00:07:27.569 --> 00:07:30.040 in particular, we don't need to be timid, we need to be meek, 91 00:07:30.319 --> 00:07:33.040 we need to be humble, for sure, but we don't need to 92 00:07:33.120 --> 00:07:36.560 be timid. And listen, you guys that are on the sidewalk, you 93 00:07:36.720 --> 00:07:41.240 have to remember that. Of course we're dealing with life and death. We're 94 00:07:41.240 --> 00:07:45.550 dealing with people that are eternally lost, like they're separated from God through their 95 00:07:45.589 --> 00:07:49.670 sin. Right, and what you have in you, as far as Christ 96 00:07:49.829 --> 00:07:53.389 in you, the hope of glory, is what they need. And so, 97 00:07:53.509 --> 00:07:58.149 guys, you, what you have to say is important, right, 98 00:07:58.230 --> 00:08:01.620 you have no reason to be timid. What you have to communicate to these 99 00:08:01.660 --> 00:08:05.139 women, to these men, to the abortion workers, it's vitally important. 100 00:08:05.500 --> 00:08:11.180 Right. It's like you've got the cure to the worst sickness that that has 101 00:08:11.259 --> 00:08:16.170 ever came across humanity. Right, you've got the cure to it, and 102 00:08:16.250 --> 00:08:20.810 so you need to be bold in and really conveying the truth of that cure. 103 00:08:22.009 --> 00:08:24.250 WHO IS JESUS CHRIST? So you don't need to be self reliant. 104 00:08:24.730 --> 00:08:28.680 We're not talking about self confidence, but we're talking about you've got truth that 105 00:08:28.839 --> 00:08:33.519 people need and you need to be confident that that truth is is what God 106 00:08:33.600 --> 00:08:39.000 wants them to have. And you know, don't be timid, right, 107 00:08:39.200 --> 00:08:43.389 and and and so, to validate that scripturally acts for a so it's right 108 00:08:43.470 --> 00:08:48.309 at the beginning, you know, kind of maybe set this stage for what's 109 00:08:48.350 --> 00:08:52.909 happening in nacs. For so Peter and John have they've just healed a man 110 00:08:54.190 --> 00:08:56.940 who is crippled from birth. It's a miracle, clearly a miracle, and 111 00:08:58.779 --> 00:09:03.340 the people are just amazed and they're listening to Peter and John, who are 112 00:09:03.460 --> 00:09:11.129 then boldly proclaiming the truth of Jesus resurrection. And the religious leaders and a 113 00:09:11.330 --> 00:09:16.610 palace guard are watching this and they're seeing these throngs of people coming to listen 114 00:09:16.690 --> 00:09:22.049 to John and Paul and they are Peter and John and they don't like that 115 00:09:22.090 --> 00:09:28.679 at all. Yeah, and so they actually arrest them and and then they 116 00:09:28.759 --> 00:09:35.759 they arrest them and and and then they bring them to trial in front of 117 00:09:35.799 --> 00:09:43.429 the people and tell them that they will let them go but that they must 118 00:09:43.870 --> 00:09:46.470 be silent, they can no longer speak the name of Jesus. So that's 119 00:09:46.509 --> 00:09:54.379 kind of the backdrop of of what is happening in acts for and right away 120 00:09:54.539 --> 00:10:01.220 in acts and eight. Here's the first clue, I think, in why 121 00:10:01.299 --> 00:10:05.259 we should have an attitude of boldness, or maybe how we have an attitude 122 00:10:05.259 --> 00:10:07.409 of boldness. Yeah, so that first says. Then Peter Filled with the 123 00:10:07.610 --> 00:10:13.450 Holy Spirit, said to them, rulers and elders of the people, and 124 00:10:13.490 --> 00:10:18.049 then he goes on, but the keep the key phrase there. Peter was 125 00:10:18.730 --> 00:10:22.759 filled with the Holy Spirit. And that goes back to what you first said, 126 00:10:22.759 --> 00:10:28.559 Daniel, that it's not of us, it is not of us that 127 00:10:28.720 --> 00:10:33.159 any act of boldness, any words of boldness, proceed out of a heart 128 00:10:33.679 --> 00:10:39.830 that is filled with the Holy Spirit. And so I think as a believer 129 00:10:41.710 --> 00:10:46.110 will they're there are things you can do to be certain that you are walking 130 00:10:46.190 --> 00:10:50.500 in the spirit, and we've said them many, many times. Be In 131 00:10:50.539 --> 00:10:58.980 the word, be in church and and be in prayer. Yeah, and 132 00:10:58.299 --> 00:11:05.769 so kind of how I would characterize this first section of boldness where we see 133 00:11:05.009 --> 00:11:11.769 Peter and John speaking filled with the Holy Spirit. They abided in Jesus and 134 00:11:13.370 --> 00:11:20.759 listen to acts for thirteen because I think that that really points that out very 135 00:11:20.799 --> 00:11:26.840 explicitly. It says now is they observed. So the the rulers, the 136 00:11:26.639 --> 00:11:31.000 and the guards and as there as they're watching John and Peter Speak, they 137 00:11:31.080 --> 00:11:41.710 said as they observed the confidence of Peter and John, Um, they understood, 138 00:11:43.149 --> 00:11:50.539 they understood that they were uneducated and untrained men. They were amazed, 139 00:11:50.100 --> 00:11:56.980 and here's the key point, they began to recognize them as having been with 140 00:11:56.100 --> 00:12:01.850 Jesus. Yeah, that's key. Only abide in the Lord, when we 141 00:12:01.929 --> 00:12:05.090 abide in Jesus. In their case they were directly with him. We're not 142 00:12:05.809 --> 00:12:09.769 in the same way, I guess, physically with him, but we are 143 00:12:11.129 --> 00:12:15.009 in a very real sense with him because when we've submitted our lives to him, 144 00:12:15.009 --> 00:12:18.840 the Holy Spirit enters us. Yeah, and when we spend time with 145 00:12:18.960 --> 00:12:24.159 him in prayer, in and fellowship with other believers in the especially in the 146 00:12:24.279 --> 00:12:33.549 word, we're abiding with Jesus. And so significantly did Peter and John Abide 147 00:12:33.990 --> 00:12:43.379 in Jesus that these unbelievers knew that they spoke with authority and confidence. And 148 00:12:43.460 --> 00:12:50.019 they point out two things that don't give authority or that they perceived from a 149 00:12:50.100 --> 00:12:54.659 worldly point of view, does give authority. But they knew that wasn't true. 150 00:12:54.740 --> 00:13:01.330 Them Education. They they were uneducated and untrained. They were not trained 151 00:13:01.490 --> 00:13:05.409 speakers. Yeah, so I think again that goes back to your original point, 152 00:13:05.009 --> 00:13:09.409 that it's not of them or their skills or their talents, but it's 153 00:13:09.490 --> 00:13:16.240 of they were with Jesus. They had been with Jesus. Yeah, absolutely, 154 00:13:16.320 --> 00:13:18.799 and you notice the word is confidence. The word confidence is used in 155 00:13:18.799 --> 00:13:24.039 there now. They observed the confidence of Peter and John. Again, it 156 00:13:24.159 --> 00:13:26.870 was not a self confidence, but it was a confidence in their abiding in 157 00:13:28.070 --> 00:13:31.149 Christ. Now, the Pharisees, of course, wouldn't have you know, 158 00:13:31.190 --> 00:13:35.830 they wouldn't really have articulated in that way. There may be thinking along the 159 00:13:35.909 --> 00:13:37.870 terms of, you know, Jesus was this. I mean they have they 160 00:13:37.950 --> 00:13:41.580 viewed him as a great teacher. He obviously had a big following, right, 161 00:13:43.139 --> 00:13:45.779 and they wondered like how does he know all the stuff that he knows? 162 00:13:45.860 --> 00:13:48.940 But they they acknowledge that Jesus knew a lot of stuff. So their 163 00:13:50.019 --> 00:13:54.419 thoughts are not that like in a spiritual sense that somehow Jesus is working through 164 00:13:54.580 --> 00:13:56.490 them, but more in a practical sense, as Jesus taught them a bunch 165 00:13:56.490 --> 00:14:01.049 of stuff, you know. But of course we realize that this is Jesus 166 00:14:01.090 --> 00:14:05.409 actually working through them and we realize that this having been with Jesus is more 167 00:14:05.490 --> 00:14:09.080 than just Jesus taught them a bunch of stuff, but actually Jesus discipled them 168 00:14:09.519 --> 00:14:13.639 in how to walk with God. And that's really he right. They're walking 169 00:14:13.799 --> 00:14:18.120 with God. One of the phrases that we often use, and that often 170 00:14:18.200 --> 00:14:22.480 use as I'm encouraging people that are new to this ministry and if that are 171 00:14:22.559 --> 00:14:24.830 the been in this ministry for a long time, is that you can't give 172 00:14:24.950 --> 00:14:28.830 what you don't have. And the people that we encounter at the abortion centers, 173 00:14:30.389 --> 00:14:33.029 they don't have Jesus right. They don't know him, they don't have 174 00:14:33.110 --> 00:14:37.429 a relationship with him. If they do in some measure, they've obviously walked 175 00:14:37.429 --> 00:14:41.740 away from that right. They've turned away from that relationship and they need to 176 00:14:41.779 --> 00:14:46.659 be brought back into right relationship with Jesus. What they need is an encounter 177 00:14:46.779 --> 00:14:52.259 with Jesus. What they need is a confrontation with the truth of who he 178 00:14:52.620 --> 00:14:56.730 is. Right, and we have him in us. Right, he's he 179 00:14:56.889 --> 00:14:58.009 says, I will be with you and I will be in you by his 180 00:14:58.129 --> 00:15:03.289 Holy Spirit. Right, and so we have what they need. That's why 181 00:15:03.330 --> 00:15:07.320 we can be confident again, not in ourselves, not that we have all 182 00:15:07.440 --> 00:15:11.679 of the answers, because we don't. Right, we don't got it all 183 00:15:11.720 --> 00:15:15.879 figured out. We can't give them every resource to meet every need. But 184 00:15:16.039 --> 00:15:18.960 spiritually speaking, if we have the spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead 185 00:15:20.360 --> 00:15:24.509 living in us, and according to the Bible we do, then we have 186 00:15:24.830 --> 00:15:30.590 ultimately in above and beyond anything else, we have what they need. Spiritually. 187 00:15:30.590 --> 00:15:33.669 They need Jesus, and so we need to be like it says in 188 00:15:33.750 --> 00:15:39.100 this passage, those who have been with Jesus. We need to be constantly 189 00:15:39.259 --> 00:15:46.059 in prayer, we need to be cultivating intimacy with Jesus ourself and we need 190 00:15:46.179 --> 00:15:50.570 to be in the word, constantly in the word, seeing what the Bible 191 00:15:50.690 --> 00:15:54.250 says about certain things, and the answers that we give, as far as 192 00:15:54.490 --> 00:15:58.769 you know, whatever the issue might be, ultimately need to come from the 193 00:15:58.809 --> 00:16:03.690 word of God. And the course there's practical stuff, there's resources. You 194 00:16:03.809 --> 00:16:07.679 guys know the three talking points right. But if we do all the practical 195 00:16:07.759 --> 00:16:12.080 stuff and give all the practical reasons why woman shouldn't have an abortion, you 196 00:16:12.200 --> 00:16:17.240 know through resources and through fetal development or whatever, and we leave out this 197 00:16:17.399 --> 00:16:19.590 fact that they need Jesus, then we're leaving out the most important thing. 198 00:16:19.830 --> 00:16:23.110 And so we've got to be with him. And I'm telling you, as 199 00:16:23.110 --> 00:16:27.389 you walk with Jesus, as you're in prayer before you go out to the 200 00:16:27.470 --> 00:16:30.429 sidewalk, and you need to be in prayer before you got to the sidewalk, 201 00:16:32.980 --> 00:16:36.700 God will give you things to say in the moment. God will help 202 00:16:36.700 --> 00:16:38.860 you to know, because we know always know how to respond, and that's 203 00:16:38.860 --> 00:16:42.700 why I've said so often on this podcast. If I could give you one 204 00:16:42.779 --> 00:16:47.730 key to being effective on the sidewalk, you'd be walk with Jesus, do 205 00:16:47.889 --> 00:16:52.009 with these disciples did right. That's right. I'm with Jesus Right, and 206 00:16:52.649 --> 00:16:57.210 that flows into the the second thing that kind of progresses in that book of 207 00:16:57.289 --> 00:17:06.920 acts about they knew that their authority was Jesus, not men, and so 208 00:17:07.079 --> 00:17:11.039 the leaders are kind of flummox they don't know, what are we going to 209 00:17:11.079 --> 00:17:15.160 do about about these these people that we can't control, and they've got all 210 00:17:15.200 --> 00:17:18.950 these followers and they're saying all this's crazy stuff that's turning them away from us 211 00:17:19.150 --> 00:17:25.789 and our beliefs. So they they're going to release them because they really can't 212 00:17:25.829 --> 00:17:29.069 hold them. They had not committed a crime. But but you know, 213 00:17:29.190 --> 00:17:33.420 they tell them you must not speak or teach in in the name of Jesus, 214 00:17:33.500 --> 00:17:38.019 and I that to me is like how many times have we heard that 215 00:17:38.339 --> 00:17:41.779 on the sidewalk that, in fact, we did a podcast about that. 216 00:17:41.900 --> 00:17:45.849 The people turning around and saying, shut up, stop talking to me, 217 00:17:45.210 --> 00:17:48.890 you're making me feel bad, don't talk about God, and we'll hear it 218 00:17:48.890 --> 00:17:52.130 all the time. I don't even believe in God. To stop talking about 219 00:17:52.210 --> 00:17:56.329 Jesus. But look at Peter and John's response, because it was a similar 220 00:17:56.529 --> 00:18:00.240 thing that they were told from the leaders. Will let you go, but 221 00:18:00.400 --> 00:18:06.240 stop talking about Jesus. Yeah, here's what x hundred nineteen says. But 222 00:18:06.359 --> 00:18:10.720 Peter and John answered and said to them whether it is right, in the 223 00:18:10.839 --> 00:18:15.390 sight of God, to give heed to you rather than to God, you 224 00:18:15.589 --> 00:18:21.109 be the judge. Yeah, they're saying, we follow God, we're going 225 00:18:21.190 --> 00:18:26.109 to heed God, not men. They understood what the proper authority that they 226 00:18:26.259 --> 00:18:33.099 needed to submit to was, and we, of course, are under that 227 00:18:33.180 --> 00:18:41.059 same authority. You're submitting to the Lord and he is clear, which we 228 00:18:41.180 --> 00:18:45.930 have talked about so many times, that we are called to speak for those 229 00:18:45.089 --> 00:18:48.490 babies. Yeah, absolutely, we are to rescue those being led away to 230 00:18:48.569 --> 00:18:53.170 death and we are to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. So 231 00:18:53.289 --> 00:19:00.319 if we're being told be silent, we we can't, because that would be 232 00:19:00.440 --> 00:19:07.559 heeding men rather than God when God has told us that we are to speak. 233 00:19:07.559 --> 00:19:10.990 Yeah, yeah, and you kind of touched on it from kind of 234 00:19:11.029 --> 00:19:14.910 like the individuals going into the abortion center telling us to shut up and not 235 00:19:15.069 --> 00:19:18.309 to talk or whatever, and of course pro aboords telling us to shut up, 236 00:19:18.390 --> 00:19:21.230 not talk, and I won't go on a rabbit trail with this, 237 00:19:21.509 --> 00:19:26.140 but certainly I think we realize more and more in this day and age that 238 00:19:26.500 --> 00:19:32.299 the government, the government, coming in city government's, state governments or whatever, 239 00:19:32.500 --> 00:19:34.180 trying to pass laws and trying to make it illegal for us to be 240 00:19:34.299 --> 00:19:40.049 on the sidewalk things like that, is something we need to consider. I 241 00:19:40.170 --> 00:19:44.089 mean, we dealt with that with the whole coronavirus back in early part of 242 00:19:44.130 --> 00:19:47.049 two thousand and twenty, when they basically told us we couldn't be at on 243 00:19:47.089 --> 00:19:49.609 the sidewalk or we couldn't be out in front of the abortion center's praying, 244 00:19:49.650 --> 00:19:55.200 and of course we defied that because we knew that we have a mandate to 245 00:19:55.240 --> 00:19:57.599 speak for those that can't speak for themselves, and if they're letting the abortion 246 00:19:57.640 --> 00:20:03.599 center be open and kill babies, then we need to be there. If 247 00:20:03.640 --> 00:20:07.910 what they do inside of that abortion center is considered essential, then certainly what 248 00:20:08.029 --> 00:20:14.029 we do and what we're called to is essential. Right. And Yeah, 249 00:20:14.190 --> 00:20:18.710 we said that and we made that stance. Took that stance with confidence and 250 00:20:18.430 --> 00:20:22.700 really with this attitude. You, state of North Carolina, because that's who 251 00:20:22.740 --> 00:20:26.500 we're dealing with at the time or city of Charlotte. You you judge yourselves 252 00:20:26.579 --> 00:20:30.819 whether it's right that we obey you rather than God. We're going to play 253 00:20:30.900 --> 00:20:36.009 God, basically. Yeah, and for a new councilor I think most of 254 00:20:36.009 --> 00:20:38.730 the time, I think where someone struggling with boldness is the cint their new 255 00:20:40.009 --> 00:20:45.690 oftentimes they're new, you're young, or combination of the both. But what 256 00:20:45.890 --> 00:20:49.640 I would advise, that is something you can do is know the scripture. 257 00:20:49.799 --> 00:20:56.720 Scour the scripture, find the biblical commands that support you being out there on 258 00:20:56.759 --> 00:21:00.000 the sidewalk because, if you know it is your authority, Jesus is saying 259 00:21:00.079 --> 00:21:03.720 you need to be there. Now, he's not going to say the sidebox 260 00:21:03.799 --> 00:21:07.109 of abortion centers, but he's going to be clear that we're to speak for 261 00:21:07.589 --> 00:21:11.430 those who can't speak and to protect the vulnerable and hold back those being led 262 00:21:11.430 --> 00:21:15.750 away to death. So the principles are certainly there and if you know that, 263 00:21:15.390 --> 00:21:21.660 you know what scripture says, you can be more confident in then standing 264 00:21:21.980 --> 00:21:25.299 firm, yeah, for what God has called you to do. On the 265 00:21:25.339 --> 00:21:27.380 other hand, if you don't, if you don't know what scripture says, 266 00:21:27.579 --> 00:21:32.779 you're probably not going to be real confident or you're going to easily lose your 267 00:21:32.890 --> 00:21:37.170 confidence and believe what the world is telling you. Yeah, absolutely, and 268 00:21:37.210 --> 00:21:41.970 if our desire in our calling to be on the sidewalk at the abortion centers 269 00:21:42.049 --> 00:21:47.240 comes from anything other than the word of God, it's a shaky foundation. 270 00:21:47.519 --> 00:21:49.160 You know, we've talked about this before, the motivations of the heart. 271 00:21:49.200 --> 00:21:55.480 If you're if you're motivated by, you know, a political persuasion and that's 272 00:21:55.480 --> 00:21:59.000 why you're on the sidewalk, you're going to be shaken. You have to 273 00:21:59.079 --> 00:22:03.349 be able and you know, if we just dealt with something here in California 274 00:22:03.390 --> 00:22:07.029 recently, there was a law that was passed by governors, governor newsome here, 275 00:22:08.029 --> 00:22:12.910 and it look like initially there was some concerns that you couldn't hand out 276 00:22:12.990 --> 00:22:18.220 brochures within a hundred feet of the entrance of an abortion center. Now it's 277 00:22:18.299 --> 00:22:22.220 not actually what the language was, but it could could have been construed in 278 00:22:22.339 --> 00:22:25.380 some people and just reading it in a cursory way, it look like it 279 00:22:25.420 --> 00:22:30.890 could have been construed to say that, thank God it's not and it doesn't 280 00:22:30.930 --> 00:22:33.809 really affect what we're doing. But it is that. I was telling our 281 00:22:33.809 --> 00:22:38.450 people here locally, any of these laws that they pass that have anything to 282 00:22:38.529 --> 00:22:44.089 do with being at the abortion center really had to do with filming people and 283 00:22:44.170 --> 00:22:49.000 taking pictures of people that are going in, like taking pictures of abortion patients 284 00:22:49.119 --> 00:22:55.119 and posting those online or threatening to post those online and expose people for having 285 00:22:55.160 --> 00:22:57.240 abortions and stuff. We don't do that. It's not something we do. 286 00:22:57.359 --> 00:23:00.029 It's not something we see to be what God has called us to do, 287 00:23:02.509 --> 00:23:04.710 and so it's not a concern for us. But what I'm saying is, 288 00:23:04.990 --> 00:23:11.309 as they pass more and more of these like really freedom of speech laws and 289 00:23:11.390 --> 00:23:15.940 things like that, it is these are incremental steps from the pro abortion side 290 00:23:17.180 --> 00:23:19.700 because ultimately they want us off the sidewalk. They don't want us out there. 291 00:23:19.779 --> 00:23:23.140 They wanted to be like, I think in Canada they've got some laws 292 00:23:23.180 --> 00:23:27.769 where you can't be within a hundred feet of an abortion center. In Australia, 293 00:23:29.009 --> 00:23:30.529 I know we've got some connections with folks there. I think you have 294 00:23:30.609 --> 00:23:34.970 to be, I don't even know, three hundred meters away from an abortion 295 00:23:36.130 --> 00:23:40.049 center if you're going to be, quote, protesting. There's going to be 296 00:23:40.089 --> 00:23:44.119 a point, I believe, and less God brings US sends us revival in 297 00:23:44.240 --> 00:23:47.319 this nation where we're going to be told it's illegal to be out there on 298 00:23:47.400 --> 00:23:49.079 the sidewalk. And again, this is a little bit of a rab it 299 00:23:49.160 --> 00:23:53.000 true, but we need to have boldness and confidence, because if our confidence 300 00:23:53.079 --> 00:23:56.670 is just in you know, we've called ourselves into this ministry and we don't 301 00:23:56.710 --> 00:24:00.829 really have a solid foundation of the word of God like the disciples did. 302 00:24:00.910 --> 00:24:03.549 Hear they had a solid foundation with Jesus told them. So they could with 303 00:24:03.710 --> 00:24:11.299 confidence defy the governing authorities because they had someone's word who spoke more authoritatively than 304 00:24:11.339 --> 00:24:15.819 their word, like the Pharisees, the Sadducees, that sanhedrink council. They 305 00:24:15.859 --> 00:24:22.460 had authority for sure, but the disciples knew that the authority they were under 306 00:24:22.579 --> 00:24:25.890 was higher than the authority of these people. And we need to know what 307 00:24:26.049 --> 00:24:29.130 we're doing, and I think this is maybe a key to this thing, 308 00:24:29.250 --> 00:24:33.329 to boldness really, is to know that we're operating under an authority that's higher 309 00:24:33.450 --> 00:24:37.599 than any other authority. Right, operating under an authority, the Authority of 310 00:24:37.680 --> 00:24:44.119 Jesus Christ, that's higher than government authorities, that's higher than you planned parenthood 311 00:24:44.160 --> 00:24:48.839 or the abortion center with their authority is and of course, the authority of 312 00:24:48.880 --> 00:24:52.509 any other entity. Right, and so that's really, I think, where 313 00:24:52.549 --> 00:24:57.789 we get our boldness from is that we know with confidence whose authority were operating 314 00:24:57.789 --> 00:25:00.990 under. I go back to David as. He was a shepherd boy. 315 00:25:02.589 --> 00:25:07.299 He knew whose authority he was operating under. Right, he was operating under 316 00:25:07.299 --> 00:25:11.700 the authority of the Living God, and he knew he would have victory because 317 00:25:11.740 --> 00:25:17.140 of that. Yeah, so the disciples not only knew who was their authority, 318 00:25:17.700 --> 00:25:22.809 they knew script and and they believed it and they knew that it pointed 319 00:25:22.890 --> 00:25:29.289 to Jesus. Yeah, but they also had a community of believers, and 320 00:25:29.369 --> 00:25:33.009 I think that's one of the next key point. That's that comes through in 321 00:25:33.410 --> 00:25:37.680 acts four of why they were so bold. They just been arrested. Jail 322 00:25:37.799 --> 00:25:42.480 was not a pleasant place back in those days. They didn't have televisions enough, 323 00:25:44.039 --> 00:25:48.200 you know, and and gourmet meals or windows with the sun streaming through. 324 00:25:48.920 --> 00:25:52.269 So right after their release, you know what they did and and I 325 00:25:52.390 --> 00:25:56.670 guess I never really noticed this, they they went to their companions, the 326 00:25:56.750 --> 00:26:03.109 the verse tells us, and we're meeting. Basically they did. But but 327 00:26:03.380 --> 00:26:07.059 don't get ahead of me in a prayer, because we've got that's actually different. 328 00:26:07.099 --> 00:26:07.980 We are going to talk about that, but that's different. But let 329 00:26:07.980 --> 00:26:11.299 me let me read the the verse first. It's in as four hundred and 330 00:26:11.299 --> 00:26:18.059 twenty three. When they had been released, they went to their own companions 331 00:26:18.299 --> 00:26:23.170 and reported all that that the chief priests in the elders had said to them. 332 00:26:23.650 --> 00:26:30.450 So I think this is a very, very important point. Jesus always 333 00:26:30.490 --> 00:26:34.000 sends us out at least in groups of two for any kind of ministry. 334 00:26:34.079 --> 00:26:37.200 Right. Well, there's all kinds of reasons for that, but one reason 335 00:26:37.440 --> 00:26:44.119 is when we're going through trials or any kind of persecution, when you're all 336 00:26:44.200 --> 00:26:48.069 alone, it's a whole lot harder to endure. Absolutely. But if you 337 00:26:48.309 --> 00:26:52.190 have companions, people you can go to, you can you can tell them 338 00:26:52.309 --> 00:26:59.230 what happened, you can be encouraged and and edified and held up by them 339 00:27:00.029 --> 00:27:07.099 it, it makes it easier to stand firm have that group supporting you. 340 00:27:07.099 --> 00:27:15.099 So a supportive community is so critical and you can build that. You know, 341 00:27:15.180 --> 00:27:18.089 applying that to sidewalk ministry. We do it with we have a personal 342 00:27:18.210 --> 00:27:23.809 facebook group for our community of volunteers. We have a group email where we 343 00:27:23.930 --> 00:27:30.599 contact them, we have ongoing group training, we do get togethers and then 344 00:27:30.640 --> 00:27:34.480 we've got the actual team structure for each day, where there's a team lead 345 00:27:34.559 --> 00:27:41.480 that's staying in touch with every member so that there is always a community that 346 00:27:41.160 --> 00:27:48.509 we can go to to be maybe to complain a little sometimes and how to 347 00:27:48.630 --> 00:27:52.829 talk about what we've been through, where we know we're going to be with 348 00:27:52.910 --> 00:27:57.819 people who understand and who who will support us. Yeah, yeah, I 349 00:27:57.900 --> 00:28:03.619 would say we have technology in this day and age that lets us do things 350 00:28:03.700 --> 00:28:07.779 that these folks couldn't do. Yeah, they went because, you know, 351 00:28:07.940 --> 00:28:11.180 that's what they had at their disposal, to gather together in set a prayer 352 00:28:11.259 --> 00:28:17.250 meeting. Yeah, we've got social media and though facebook may be a horrible 353 00:28:17.329 --> 00:28:19.410 thing in a lot of ways it is and social media can be a horrible 354 00:28:19.490 --> 00:28:23.329 distraction, some of the things that we've found, one of the really, 355 00:28:25.769 --> 00:28:30.920 I think, important aspects of social media for us is that connection that we 356 00:28:32.000 --> 00:28:36.519 have. We have a secret group, like you mentioned, that is just 357 00:28:36.839 --> 00:28:40.440 in Charlotte, and each of our cities are have this or are forming this. 358 00:28:40.720 --> 00:28:44.029 There's some kind of way that only people that are on the sidewalk can 359 00:28:44.109 --> 00:28:47.589 really converse with each other and it kind of you know, it's exclusive, 360 00:28:47.630 --> 00:28:52.990 right, and it's exclusive on purpose because that context on the sidewalk is so 361 00:28:52.029 --> 00:28:57.299 unique and you could say some things in a public setting that people just wouldn't 362 00:28:57.299 --> 00:29:00.980 understand, like they just they they're not picking up what you're laying down. 363 00:29:02.539 --> 00:29:04.339 But you say it into a group of people that are minister on the sidewalks 364 00:29:04.380 --> 00:29:08.420 and like they know exactly what you're talking about and there's a certain encouragement that 365 00:29:08.539 --> 00:29:11.369 can come right. There's a certain way that we can encourage each other that 366 00:29:11.490 --> 00:29:17.849 maybe wouldn't be encouraging for other people in other ministerial settings, right. And 367 00:29:18.009 --> 00:29:21.930 so that secret facebook group just seeing on a regular basis what God is doing. 368 00:29:22.049 --> 00:29:23.680 So just so you guys know how we structure our teams. You know, 369 00:29:23.759 --> 00:29:29.799 we've got our sidewalk teams. That the latrobe abortion center in particular, 370 00:29:29.839 --> 00:29:32.599 because they're open six days a week. We have a Monday team, a 371 00:29:32.680 --> 00:29:36.079 Tuesday team, Wednesday team, so forth and so on. Then we have 372 00:29:36.240 --> 00:29:38.549 a as we're building this. So you guys pray for us on this. 373 00:29:38.630 --> 00:29:41.789 You want to build afternoon teams. So we'll have a Monday morning team and 374 00:29:41.910 --> 00:29:45.869 a Monday afternoon team. Each of those teams will have a team lead and 375 00:29:45.950 --> 00:29:51.430 so that person and has some responsibilities and all that stuff. But that team 376 00:29:51.950 --> 00:29:55.099 they converse with each other, they encourage each other for the stuff that happens 377 00:29:55.180 --> 00:29:57.980 on Monday. Right the Tuesday team, there's some unique things that happen on 378 00:29:59.099 --> 00:30:02.339 Tuesdays and so they they encourage each other. They're intentional. I think they've 379 00:30:02.339 --> 00:30:07.210 have like text groups or whatever, and then we've got that group where all 380 00:30:07.369 --> 00:30:10.410 of the people that volunteer. The team leads and all the people that volunteer 381 00:30:10.490 --> 00:30:15.490 can just talk. But the Monday team will share on Monday, when they're 382 00:30:15.490 --> 00:30:18.490 done with ministry, just a quick little summary of what happened out there and 383 00:30:18.650 --> 00:30:22.079 that's a way for you know, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and the other 384 00:30:22.160 --> 00:30:26.000 teams to see what God's doing on Monday. It's just a way to build 385 00:30:26.000 --> 00:30:29.519 that camaraderie. It's a way to share our burdens. You know, maybe 386 00:30:29.640 --> 00:30:34.359 the Tuesday team experience some kind of, I don't know, explosive situation with 387 00:30:34.440 --> 00:30:37.990 one of the pro boards or some like something like that. I think a 388 00:30:37.029 --> 00:30:41.670 couple of weeks ago there was a situation with one of the police officers who's 389 00:30:41.829 --> 00:30:45.309 kind of a knucklehead that was causing some problems and in one of the teams 390 00:30:45.349 --> 00:30:47.990 put some videos out there. We're able to kind of talk around that, 391 00:30:48.109 --> 00:30:52.420 encourage each other all for some advice and things like that, and that's really 392 00:30:52.579 --> 00:30:55.980 it speaks to that community of believers. Now I will say, above and 393 00:30:56.019 --> 00:30:57.619 beyond anything, you need to be in church. You need to be in 394 00:30:57.660 --> 00:31:02.980 a community of believers within a local church, the church chair, you need 395 00:31:03.140 --> 00:31:06.410 to be in that. No doubt about it. You should be. I 396 00:31:06.529 --> 00:31:10.130 think if, especially if it's a huge church, you probably need to have 397 00:31:10.210 --> 00:31:12.650 a small group within that church or something, people that you can really connect 398 00:31:12.690 --> 00:31:15.690 with. You, as they say, do life with right. We need 399 00:31:15.690 --> 00:31:22.000 to have people that we can commune with on that on that level. Beyond 400 00:31:22.039 --> 00:31:23.799 that, though, if you're doing sidewalk ministry, you need to have some 401 00:31:25.119 --> 00:31:29.119 way to communicate on a regular basis with people that are also doing sidewalk ministry 402 00:31:29.119 --> 00:31:33.309 because, again, there's some particular things that some encouragements that can come from 403 00:31:33.309 --> 00:31:37.190 people that know that setting, that know that ministry, that other people just 404 00:31:37.349 --> 00:31:41.309 can't give to you. Some challenges that you face, questions that you ask 405 00:31:41.950 --> 00:31:47.940 that other people that are not involved in this ministry really just don't know anything 406 00:31:47.980 --> 00:31:52.819 about. So that community of believers is really important. It is really important, 407 00:31:52.819 --> 00:31:55.460 and they make that clear and act for but I think they it is 408 00:31:55.619 --> 00:31:59.500 doubly important when you're in ending kind of ministry where you're going to face persecution, 409 00:31:59.579 --> 00:32:05.450 and this is a ministry of persecution, constant persecution. You're going to 410 00:32:05.490 --> 00:32:10.089 be taunted, threatened, terrible language, things thrown at you, car swerving 411 00:32:10.170 --> 00:32:15.480 to hit you, whatever. It's daily, it's regular. You Are we 412 00:32:15.640 --> 00:32:21.319 calling the Ministry of rejection. Right, people aren't for these things that you're 413 00:32:21.319 --> 00:32:23.440 angry with it. Now, that doesn't happen all the time, that people 414 00:32:23.720 --> 00:32:27.960 throw things at you, but it can't happen from ten from from time to 415 00:32:28.079 --> 00:32:32.029 time. But one of the most potentially discouraging things is when people just playing 416 00:32:32.109 --> 00:32:37.269 ignore you. Right, that's the Ministry of rejection. You're being rejected, 417 00:32:37.349 --> 00:32:40.589 and so that that can be discouraging as well, which, again, we 418 00:32:40.670 --> 00:32:44.940 all experience that. If you're in the sidewalk and you can encourage each other 419 00:32:45.500 --> 00:32:50.500 in line of that, that's right. So, so it is a ministry 420 00:32:50.500 --> 00:32:55.380 of persecution and when there is persecution, people who are being similarly persecuted are 421 00:32:55.500 --> 00:32:59.210 the ones you're going to want to go to. That community of people who 422 00:32:59.210 --> 00:33:01.410 are going to understand. But, and now you can talk about what you 423 00:33:01.490 --> 00:33:06.210 were going to talk about. They also prayed. It became a prayer session. 424 00:33:06.250 --> 00:33:07.849 I'll read the verse and then you can talk about that, because it's 425 00:33:07.890 --> 00:33:14.359 also key, a key element of boldness, and I don't think I've ever 426 00:33:14.400 --> 00:33:19.039 seen a verse that points that out more clearly than this one. Acts and 427 00:33:19.039 --> 00:33:22.319 thirty one, so it said. And when they had prayed, so they 428 00:33:22.400 --> 00:33:24.839 meet together, they gathered, they basically complain, they tell him what happened 429 00:33:25.319 --> 00:33:29.910 when they were arrested and what they were told. And when they had prayed, 430 00:33:30.430 --> 00:33:34.950 the place where they had gathered together was shaken and they were all filled 431 00:33:35.390 --> 00:33:37.950 with the Holy Spirit. A key on back to our original question. How 432 00:33:37.990 --> 00:33:40.779 do you get filled with Holy Spirit? Will, apparently, prayer. They 433 00:33:40.940 --> 00:33:45.299 plays a big part in that. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit 434 00:33:45.700 --> 00:33:52.619 and began to speak the word of God with boldness. So isn't that interesting? 435 00:33:52.940 --> 00:34:00.289 It was persecution, gathering with the Community of believers and then prayer, 436 00:34:00.009 --> 00:34:06.049 and the result they were able to speak the word of God with boldness. 437 00:34:06.130 --> 00:34:10.119 Yeah, yeah, ultimately it's calling on the Lord right when you experience friction, 438 00:34:10.519 --> 00:34:15.719 rejection, persecution out there on the sidewalk whatever it might be, you 439 00:34:16.280 --> 00:34:21.880 need to be individually, certainly lifting up your prayer to the Lord, saying 440 00:34:21.960 --> 00:34:24.469 God, you know, like they did in this in this particular passage, 441 00:34:24.469 --> 00:34:28.750 or like Lord, you see their threats and and all of this and they 442 00:34:28.750 --> 00:34:30.869 kind of lay it out and then of course the Lord shows up. So 443 00:34:31.190 --> 00:34:36.150 maybe be doing that individually, certainly, but also have some times of corporate 444 00:34:36.309 --> 00:34:39.139 prayer together, and I would say again, you know it's not always easy 445 00:34:39.260 --> 00:34:43.699 to do that. I'm trying to do that here in southern California as we're 446 00:34:43.739 --> 00:34:46.619 meeting together on Sunday evenings, just kind of opening up our home here and 447 00:34:46.659 --> 00:34:52.099 just inviting everybody to come who's a part of love life here in southern California 448 00:34:52.139 --> 00:34:54.489 and let's just have a time to worship and pray together. And that's that's 449 00:34:54.530 --> 00:34:58.570 the point here, as I want. I want us to be praying for 450 00:34:58.570 --> 00:35:01.329 each other, wants to be encouraging each other. But maybe you don't have 451 00:35:01.489 --> 00:35:05.369 that where you're at. Maybe it's just you serving on the sidewalk and there 452 00:35:05.409 --> 00:35:07.599 aren't a lot of other folks around you to be able to call a prayer 453 00:35:07.639 --> 00:35:14.000 meeting like that. Ask Your Pastor put it before your pastor and say hey, 454 00:35:14.320 --> 00:35:17.320 would you be willing to encourage the church, maybe put it in the 455 00:35:17.360 --> 00:35:22.150 bulletin or whatever, to be praying for the ministry and just get folks praying 456 00:35:22.230 --> 00:35:27.030 for you and God's going to God's going to move, God's going to give 457 00:35:27.070 --> 00:35:30.030 you boldness. Maybe he'll through that prayer and that request for a prayer in 458 00:35:30.110 --> 00:35:34.510 your congregation, maybe your small group that you meet with on a regular basis. 459 00:35:34.829 --> 00:35:37.619 They're not, maybe involved on the sidewalk or whatever. You're praying that 460 00:35:37.659 --> 00:35:40.420 they would. But put this out to them, put this out your struggles, 461 00:35:40.539 --> 00:35:45.539 you're the stuff you're facing, and just have them pray over you, 462 00:35:45.659 --> 00:35:49.659 lay hands when you and pray over you and you'd be surprised at how God 463 00:35:49.699 --> 00:35:54.530 feels you with boldness for the battle. Yeah, and then I think also 464 00:35:55.210 --> 00:36:00.289 reframing the idea of persecution as being a bad thing. It's actually, in 465 00:36:00.409 --> 00:36:02.449 many ways, a very good thing. You're not going to be persecuted if 466 00:36:02.449 --> 00:36:06.800 you're of no threat to Satan. Specifically, if you're not a threat, 467 00:36:07.599 --> 00:36:12.039 he'll let you go your married way. Yeah, so if not only are 468 00:36:12.199 --> 00:36:19.309 you being persecuted because you are a threat to what Satan is trying to make 469 00:36:19.869 --> 00:36:23.389 happen, the death of a baby and the destruction of these people's souls. 470 00:36:25.389 --> 00:36:34.460 But persecution can also lead you to be ultimately strengthened as you go to that 471 00:36:34.579 --> 00:36:37.099 community of believers, as you engage in prayer, as you go back to 472 00:36:37.219 --> 00:36:43.019 scripture to help shore you up. Yeah, you're ultimately bolder and strengthened in 473 00:36:43.139 --> 00:36:46.570 your faith, and so persecution is, in many ways kind of a almost 474 00:36:46.570 --> 00:36:52.090 a good thing. Yeah, yeah, I mean it's not fun. No 475 00:36:52.369 --> 00:36:55.849 go through no, nobody. I was talking to a lady here in California 476 00:36:55.889 --> 00:37:01.719 who's experiencing some, actually some, some rejection in her family for her stand 477 00:37:01.880 --> 00:37:06.760 and for her being involved, even on the sidewalk, and I was just 478 00:37:06.920 --> 00:37:09.360 encouraging her. You know, when you when you surrendered your life to Jesus, 479 00:37:09.519 --> 00:37:13.039 you made a commitment to him, Lord, I will serve you all 480 00:37:13.079 --> 00:37:15.309 the days of my life, and he made a commitment to you, and 481 00:37:15.469 --> 00:37:19.070 his commitment to you was not just to take you to heaven. That's sort 482 00:37:19.110 --> 00:37:22.510 of a brought by product. God's commitment to you, and you became a 483 00:37:22.550 --> 00:37:25.429 Christian, was to make you more like Jesus, and you are never more 484 00:37:25.510 --> 00:37:30.860 like Jesus than when you are being rejected. You look at the Ministry of 485 00:37:30.860 --> 00:37:36.579 Jesus and I'll certainly he walked in victory, he walked in intimacy with the 486 00:37:36.659 --> 00:37:40.780 father. So that those things, that's that's being like Jesus. But also 487 00:37:40.860 --> 00:37:45.329 he was rejected and misunderstood. And if you're going to be like Jesus and 488 00:37:45.530 --> 00:37:50.769 God's gonna grow you to be more and more like his son, then you're 489 00:37:50.809 --> 00:37:53.690 going to experience rejection and it's a way for you to grow. Now your 490 00:37:53.809 --> 00:37:59.880 reaction to that rejection is what really determines whether or not you grow right. 491 00:37:59.920 --> 00:38:05.639 If you just complain and you just withdrawal, because that is the temptation when 492 00:38:05.719 --> 00:38:09.079 we're rejected on the sidewalk, you know, we could temptationism. I'm not 493 00:38:09.119 --> 00:38:14.030 going back out there. There's people don't want me out there. The people 494 00:38:14.070 --> 00:38:15.710 are obstinate, they're not listening, so I'm just not going back out there. 495 00:38:15.829 --> 00:38:19.030 Well, of God called you to there. He didn't change his mind. 496 00:38:19.190 --> 00:38:22.030 So you need to be faithful and take that rejection before the Lord, 497 00:38:22.510 --> 00:38:29.260 bring it before other believers that can be praying for you and and let God 498 00:38:29.500 --> 00:38:32.739 teach you to be more like Jesus through it. Yeah, now the the 499 00:38:34.019 --> 00:38:42.170 acts for believers had something that appears to have been maybe even different than than 500 00:38:42.250 --> 00:38:46.849 what we have now, but they seem to be very unified and I think 501 00:38:46.969 --> 00:38:52.889 that that is a key point in that community of believers being as strong as 502 00:38:52.969 --> 00:38:59.920 they can possibly be, in supporting individuals that are in ministry and supporting each 503 00:38:59.920 --> 00:39:05.679 other and in building and growing the church is being unified. And and saw 504 00:39:05.800 --> 00:39:09.110 read you the the passage, the couple of verses that that talk about that, 505 00:39:09.230 --> 00:39:14.949 and maybe we can talk about how why they were so unified and how 506 00:39:15.070 --> 00:39:19.110 that was useful and maybe how we as as the church, can work more 507 00:39:19.269 --> 00:39:22.349 towards unity. But in acts for thirty two to thirty three, it says, 508 00:39:22.429 --> 00:39:28.019 and the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul, 509 00:39:28.780 --> 00:39:32.019 and not one of them claimed that anything, anything belonging to him, was 510 00:39:32.139 --> 00:39:37.219 his own, but all things were common property to them. I do not 511 00:39:37.340 --> 00:39:42.889 think this is a treatise on communism, but I do think it. I 512 00:39:43.090 --> 00:39:51.530 do think it is talking about the prob make that good is there into communism 513 00:39:52.849 --> 00:39:57.239 and with great power the apostles. It comes after, by the way, 514 00:39:57.320 --> 00:40:01.039 talking about this unity, notice the next phrase. And with great power the 515 00:40:01.159 --> 00:40:07.190 apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace 516 00:40:07.389 --> 00:40:13.510 was upon them all. So there was something very important about that und of 517 00:40:13.550 --> 00:40:17.989 the believers that they were of one heart and one soul and they recognize that 518 00:40:19.429 --> 00:40:23.380 everything they had basically didn't belong to them. Yeah, it belonged to the 519 00:40:23.500 --> 00:40:28.739 Lord. It was all from the Lord and it was all to be given 520 00:40:28.860 --> 00:40:35.380 back to the Lord. So that that unity when when we are one in 521 00:40:35.460 --> 00:40:39.570 Christ. You know, you've heard there's so many kind of slogans. United 522 00:40:39.610 --> 00:40:45.090 we stand, divided we fall. A house divided against itself will not stand. 523 00:40:45.250 --> 00:40:51.360 Those are also biblical verses. Yeah, but there's so many verses that 524 00:40:51.599 --> 00:40:57.880 talk about unity of the body. Yeah, that's where we find a community 525 00:40:58.719 --> 00:41:01.760 that is most going to be able to stand around us and give us boldness. 526 00:41:01.800 --> 00:41:06.510 Yeah, yeah, yeah, absolutely. And you know, I know 527 00:41:06.630 --> 00:41:09.230 that we're speaking to people who are in cities, who are in cities where 528 00:41:09.269 --> 00:41:14.510 love life is and there is a group that's there with you, people that 529 00:41:14.550 --> 00:41:16.429 are served alongside you. Maybe a small group it, maybe a bigger group. 530 00:41:17.230 --> 00:41:22.699 But then also we're speaking to people who maybe just starting prolife ministry, 531 00:41:22.739 --> 00:41:25.980 who maybe not a part of love life or whatever reason, and they're just 532 00:41:27.099 --> 00:41:30.019 starting and maybe you're by yourself, and so it's hard to kind of imagine. 533 00:41:30.699 --> 00:41:35.969 We're talking about unity, we're talking about the body of Christ, this 534 00:41:36.130 --> 00:41:40.329 community of believers working together, and you're not seeing that as far as prolife 535 00:41:40.409 --> 00:41:45.489 ministry is concerned. And so I want to speak to that real quick and 536 00:41:45.610 --> 00:41:49.159 just encourage you that, yes, you may not have a team yet, 537 00:41:49.239 --> 00:41:52.320 they can share these burdens, but that's why you need to be a part 538 00:41:52.360 --> 00:41:54.480 of a local church, because you can still share your burdens. Even though 539 00:41:54.519 --> 00:42:02.190 there is a unique aspect to this ministry, it's not so unique that other 540 00:42:02.309 --> 00:42:06.389 people, other believers in Jesus, can't relate to it. You need to 541 00:42:06.429 --> 00:42:12.909 be in close fellowship with other believers and get encouragement from other believers. And 542 00:42:13.070 --> 00:42:15.460 you'd be surprised again, as you put these prayer requests out to people and 543 00:42:15.500 --> 00:42:20.539 you have people praying for you. You know, I knew, I think 544 00:42:20.659 --> 00:42:23.900 Trese, who's our missionary in Washington. She's got a small team there, 545 00:42:24.500 --> 00:42:28.940 but she also has a team of people praying for her. So, even 546 00:42:28.980 --> 00:42:31.010 though they're not on the sidewalk, she asked people within her church and with 547 00:42:31.090 --> 00:42:37.250 an in other congregations. Can you be praying while we're out there, and 548 00:42:37.610 --> 00:42:40.250 that is kind of helping build a unity in that camaraderie. Even though they 549 00:42:40.289 --> 00:42:44.679 can't be out there on the sidewalk, she's got people behind her that are 550 00:42:44.719 --> 00:42:49.440 praying that that unity is there and that's powerful. I actually did that myself 551 00:42:49.840 --> 00:42:52.440 as I was here in California. We're in kind of a little uncommon scenario 552 00:42:52.519 --> 00:42:55.000 for our family. We're not used to being out here on the left coast, 553 00:42:55.159 --> 00:42:59.989 you know, and there's some challenges and stuff and certainly anytime we step 554 00:43:00.030 --> 00:43:02.349 out and obey God there's challenges. And so I reached out to some brothers 555 00:43:02.429 --> 00:43:07.590 that I know, that I trust and that I know will be serious about 556 00:43:07.590 --> 00:43:12.150 praying for me and assembled myself a prayer team. These are brothers that are 557 00:43:12.150 --> 00:43:15.539 not necessarily involved in this type of ministries. Matter of fact, I don't 558 00:43:15.539 --> 00:43:17.579 think any of them are involved in this type of ministry, but they're involved 559 00:43:17.579 --> 00:43:21.500 in ministry in some capacity, and so I reached out, Hey, will 560 00:43:21.539 --> 00:43:22.820 you pray for me on Monday? Will you pray for me on Tuesday? 561 00:43:22.980 --> 00:43:27.650 Just five, ten minutes a day, just focused prayer, and so I 562 00:43:27.769 --> 00:43:30.170 simpled a prayer team for our ministry out here, for what God's called us 563 00:43:30.170 --> 00:43:35.329 to here in southern California. And I'm telling you, I have experienced since 564 00:43:35.690 --> 00:43:38.889 since that was in place, I have experienced some victories that I was not 565 00:43:39.090 --> 00:43:44.679 seeing before and just encouraged by what the Lord is doing. So that's a 566 00:43:44.800 --> 00:43:49.119 way get creative, in the ways that you get people connected kind of with 567 00:43:49.320 --> 00:43:54.869 you and encouraging you along, because you need that encouragement that comes from being 568 00:43:54.949 --> 00:44:00.510 unified with the body of Christ. Yeah, and and of course the danger 569 00:44:00.869 --> 00:44:07.670 for any group is that there will be bickering, backbiting, gossip and disunity. 570 00:44:07.710 --> 00:44:13.219 Yeah, even disagreement, which we do see in the book of acts. 571 00:44:13.219 --> 00:44:16.780 There are disagreements that occur at different times. They and sometimes they're handled 572 00:44:16.860 --> 00:44:21.940 well and sometimes they're not. I think we did a podcast on dealing with 573 00:44:22.460 --> 00:44:25.409 if there's disunity, how to do with that. Yeah, I mean you 574 00:44:25.489 --> 00:44:30.809 see it the next chapter, that six. Accept six is when basically the 575 00:44:30.889 --> 00:44:38.000 there was some confusion or disunity over the distribution of, apparently food for widows. 576 00:44:38.519 --> 00:44:44.079 So yes, right, the Helena is widows were being neglected, and 577 00:44:44.280 --> 00:44:46.840 so there's this this whole thing. This is right after this awesome unity and 578 00:44:47.480 --> 00:44:51.679 where the building is shaken because they all pray together, and just how they 579 00:44:51.920 --> 00:44:55.869 can call apart right, I mean, yes, right after this, what 580 00:44:57.030 --> 00:45:00.309 people say is communism kind of took place, which is not this. People 581 00:45:00.309 --> 00:45:01.909 willfully giving up their goods. By the way, communism is not that. 582 00:45:02.349 --> 00:45:07.380 But after this awesome display of unity, nobody considered their stuff to be their 583 00:45:07.380 --> 00:45:10.179 own right, and then a couple of chapters later, here they are fighting 584 00:45:10.260 --> 00:45:15.340 over these widows getting neglected, and so, yeah, this unity can creep 585 00:45:15.420 --> 00:45:19.980 in. It's yeah, I mean it's a human propensity to kind of be 586 00:45:20.099 --> 00:45:24.010 selfish and think about ourselves and and not strive for unity. And so we 587 00:45:24.170 --> 00:45:28.610 do need to be intentional about striving for unity. But again, that all 588 00:45:28.769 --> 00:45:31.170 comes from us. We need to be in the word of God. God 589 00:45:31.210 --> 00:45:36.840 will confront us. Well, we're not walking in love toward our other brothers 590 00:45:36.880 --> 00:45:42.159 and sisters that either were serving with or maybe we're not serving with. God 591 00:45:42.199 --> 00:45:45.760 will confront us right, gotta Gott'll show us in his word and in our 592 00:45:45.840 --> 00:45:50.909 time with him that we're not doing what's right and he'll correct us. And 593 00:45:51.230 --> 00:45:54.510 we're unified around the truth of who God is that's found in his word. 594 00:45:55.070 --> 00:46:00.590 That's right and you can't control if others are going to cause division or be 595 00:46:00.750 --> 00:46:06.099 gossips or whatever, but you can control yourself and and save gotta you know 596 00:46:06.340 --> 00:46:09.179 you be. You be as much as you can. You be a source 597 00:46:09.219 --> 00:46:16.260 of unifying as opposed to divisiveness, and that goes a long way towards solving 598 00:46:16.340 --> 00:46:24.130 that problem of disunity. But another way, I think, to to be 599 00:46:24.369 --> 00:46:30.610 unified as the community is to keep your eyes on the goal. Keep your 600 00:46:30.650 --> 00:46:34.960 eyes on the goal, keep your focus where it where it needs to be, 601 00:46:36.000 --> 00:46:39.079 and in in acts, going back again at the beginning of acts. 602 00:46:39.559 --> 00:46:45.519 But it is because of all these other things that we have gone through. 603 00:46:45.440 --> 00:46:52.190 This is the result when we do all these things, when we are filled 604 00:46:52.230 --> 00:46:59.510 with the Holy Spirit in prayer, in community, unified, bold because we 605 00:47:00.429 --> 00:47:07.420 know the scriptural underpinnings that have commanded us us to be bold. And in 606 00:47:07.539 --> 00:47:13.820 that verse it said but many of those who had heard the message believed and 607 00:47:13.980 --> 00:47:17.329 the number of the men came to be about five thousand. I mean that's 608 00:47:17.409 --> 00:47:25.210 an enormous revival in in because of their boldness and that they had all of 609 00:47:25.369 --> 00:47:34.480 these things in place that we talked about. There were five thousand people brought 610 00:47:34.800 --> 00:47:38.559 to the Lord through through their bold message, through their proclamation. So, 611 00:47:39.079 --> 00:47:44.159 Um, you know, if we keep our eyes on what the goal is 612 00:47:45.630 --> 00:47:51.030 and and we remember all of these things that we've talked about in the in 613 00:47:51.150 --> 00:47:59.179 this podcast, it amazing miracles can happen. And we sometimes think the goal 614 00:47:59.420 --> 00:48:04.579 is saving babies lives, and that might be in a way, it's almost 615 00:48:04.619 --> 00:48:10.099 a byproduct, but the that's not the overarching goal. The true goal, 616 00:48:10.659 --> 00:48:15.010 the you know, the most important goal, yeah, which is supportant claim, 617 00:48:15.889 --> 00:48:20.610 is the glorified Jesus and, as you're about to say, proclaim his 618 00:48:20.769 --> 00:48:23.130 word. Yeah, and then he does the he does the baby saving. 619 00:48:23.889 --> 00:48:29.440 That's word doesn't return void and it goes forth and babies are saved, souls 620 00:48:29.480 --> 00:48:34.199 are saved, and you know that that is the goal. Glorified Jesus, 621 00:48:34.840 --> 00:48:39.440 that is and a great kind of closing verset. That that I found in 622 00:48:39.599 --> 00:48:45.550 Psalm when I did a weird study of bold was from Psalms one hundred and 623 00:48:45.550 --> 00:48:49.670 thirty eight, verse three. On the day I called, you answered me, 624 00:48:50.429 --> 00:48:55.059 you made me bold with strength in my soul. I can reiterating what 625 00:48:55.139 --> 00:48:59.460 we've said all along. It is it is God, ultimately, that that 626 00:48:59.619 --> 00:49:01.900 gives us the boldness that we need. We need it. You know he'll 627 00:49:01.940 --> 00:49:06.659 give us what we need. Amen. Amen. Yeah. Well, guys, 628 00:49:06.739 --> 00:49:08.619 we hope that this podcast was an encouragement to you. We hope that 629 00:49:08.699 --> 00:49:14.409 it encourages you to be bold, to be confident in the Lord, not 630 00:49:14.570 --> 00:49:16.809 in the flesh. And so, if this was a blessing to you, 631 00:49:16.929 --> 00:49:21.650 as we encouraged you at the very beginning, share this podcast episode with other 632 00:49:21.769 --> 00:49:24.800 folks. If you have questions or maybe other subjects you'd like for us to 633 00:49:24.880 --> 00:49:28.400 cover, we'd love to hear from you. You can reach out to me, 634 00:49:28.440 --> 00:49:30.840 Daniel at Love Life Dot Org, and reach her, Vicki a love 635 00:49:30.920 --> 00:49:36.440 life dot Org. 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