THE GOSPEL & MISSIONAL BOLDNESS.

Joe Thorn, lead pastor of Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, IL, has a great post this morning on “boldness” in our mission to speak the gospel at his blog.

Here’s a portion of the post:

Ultimately God has promised to give us victory in the world through the gospel, and that gives great boldness! Jesus said that he would build his church, and “the gates of Hell would not prevail against it.” This means the mission will succeed, and not even death can stop it. So as we preach the gospel and make disciples we may experience affliction, but we will not be crushed. We may be perplexed, but we will not be driven to despair. The world may persecute us, but God will not forsake us. In fact we are overcoming the world, because Jesus has already overcome the world. God is crushing the head of Satan under our feet, and we are “more than conquerors.” (2 Corinthians 4:7-12 ESV; 1 John 5:4; John 16:33; Rom. 8:37).

This is why the church can be, should be, must be confident and courageous. We are on a mission from God, and He is with us. This is what led William Carey to not just say “expect great things from God; attempt great things for God,” but to do it. This is missional boldness, and can only lead to gospel boasting. It always makes little of self, and much of Jesus. It humbles a man, but also gives him zeal.

CLICK HERE to read the entire post.

CLICK HERE for info regarding Joe’s forthcoming book, Note To Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself, published under the Re:Lit imprint through Crossway Books.

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