THE STORY OF JESUS: Acts 5:27-32
“God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior…” (Acts 5:31)
The word for prince is ‘archegos’, which means ‘founder’ or ‘pioneer leader’.
We believe that God has initiated a new movement on earth in Jesus.
That movement involves transforming the world through humility and grace.
“That he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. (Acts 5:31)
As our pioneer leader, we join with Jesus in His gracious mission.
Like Jesus, we love people in Jesus’s Name, attracting them to Jesus.
This does not mean obnoxious or pushy witnessing.
We are not called to pressure people to repent or force them to convert.
If someone is not interested, we move on (Matthew 10:14).
At all times we remain gentle and gracious, like our founder.
Because we are confident in Jesus, we can handle people with care.
Because we believe Jesus’s way is the best way, we speak the truth in love.
How confident am I that God will save others through my gentle witness?
Confident enough to keep on witnessing, when others tell us to stop?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, help me not to be an obnoxious witness. But give me gentle boldness to be a gracious witness, even if others pressure me to stop.