The book of Acts depicts a group of men and women who are filled with the Spirit and bold for the gospel. If you communicate the Word of God in any fashion it is going to require that you are bold in proclaiming the truth. One can see Peter preaching to thousands in Acts 2 and 3. As a result of this preaching and the response of the people Peter and John are brought before the Sanhedrin in Acts 4 and warned to no longer proclaim the name of Jesus. While most of us would go back with our friends and pray for God to take away the opposition, these believers returned home and prayed “And now Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness” (Acts 4:29). They wanted to see the Word of God go forward no matter what, amazing courage and passion emanated from these believers.
Stephen is martyred in Acts 7 for preaching the message of Jesus. Paul, after his conversion, possesses the same kind of longing to see the gospel go forward, no matter what the cost. One example of this is when Paul is stoned by the people of Iconium. He appears to be dead, but then comes back to life and goes back into the city proclaiming the same message (Acts 14:19-23). In Acts 19 a riot breaks out in Ephesus due to the fact that Paul’s preaching was affecting the sale of idols, and after a mob gathers in a theater the only thing Paul wants to do is go out there and preach to them (Acts 19:30). At the end of the day Paul states, “But I do not count my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).
This kind of Spirit-induced boldness is needed in our day, as it has been throughout history. And if you read Acts you will not notice some kind of swagger accompanying the boldness of these early Christians. Each of them knew the power of God and that the real need was not simply to be right, but to compel others to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our boldness for the gospel must be accompanied by humility, but it must be present as we seek to communicate the truths of God, in both private conversation and public discourse. May we be a people who are not ashamed of the gospel knowing that it is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16).