I’m sure you have heard it said that the company you keep shapes the person you will become. This is true as we spend time with our friends and family, and it is also true of our time in the Presence of God.
In Acts 4:13, something remarkable is said of Peter and John. While they boldly testified about the risen Jesus, something about them caused the authorities to be astonished. And it wasn’t what might bring us astonishment today—their intelligence, articulate speech, or logical arguments. Here’s what the Word of God says:
Now when they [the authorities] saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)
The Bible tells us that the authorities took note of Peter and John’s “boldness.” It took them by surprise because Peter and John were fishermen. They weren’t trained interpreters of Scripture.They didn’t travel down the long educational path to be groomed for top-level leadership, and yet they had this “boldness.”
How could they be both untrained and so bold? This was absolutely astonishing, and it became clear as day that Peter and John’s bold proclamation came out of their time with the risen Jesus. They had spent time with the Savior of the world, and it transformed them from the inside out.
This same possibility is open to all of us through the power of the Holy Spirit. We have the opportunity daily to be transformed by time in God’s Presence, and that’s my hope, dream, and vision for the Minneapolis campus—that people would look at us and be astonished by our boldness for God.
To that end, I want our campus to have daily encounters with God that are so transformational that it marks the very essence of who we are. In fact, I want to see our campus bursting at the seams with people who have been with Jesus and others just know it. So will you join me in prayer for Minneapolis?
- Pray for continued favor for Minneapolis to grow and reach more people for Jesus.
- Pray for an evident boldness for Jesus that comes from being in God’s Presence.
- Pray for a hunger for more of the Holy Spirit in our services and Lifegroups.