February 1, 2022
Scripture Passage: Acts 10:34
Would you be prepared to share your faith the moment someone asks about it?
Adrian Rogers says, “We tell people to keep the faith; not only should you keep it, but you ought also to give it away.” Winning souls is not only a command of God but also a great privilege. God doesn’t send angels to win souls, He sends us.
In Acts 10, Simon Peter is invited into the home of Cornelius, a Roman officer, to share his faith with him and his household.
In response, Peter gives a three-fold testimony that reveals how we can share our faith.
Acts 10:34-35 says, “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.’” Peter, a Jew, preached the message of salvation to the first Gentile, claiming that the door of salvation is wide: anyone who wants to enter may come. But the way is very narrow: Jesus is the only way to Heaven. If we are not saved by Jesus alone, we are not saved at all.
First, Peter has a personal confidence as a soul-winner. Having walked with Jesus and witnessed Him firsthand, Peter has unmatched confidence in the virtuous life, vicarious death, and victorious resurrection of Christ. Likewise, despite our differences in opinions, what holds us together as believers is our united confidence in Jesus Christ.
Second, Peter has the powerful confirmation of the Scriptures. The Old Testament bears witness that every prophecy is fulfilled by Jesus Christ.
Finally, Peter bears the persuasive conviction of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit of God anoints Peter, so that his words may convince and convict Cornelius and his family.
Peter’s confidence, Scripture’s confirmation, and the Spirit’s conviction form a three-fold cord that is not easily broken.
Remember, as believers, we are not waiting on the Holy Spirit. God has already sent Him to strengthen and empower us to witness to others.
Are you confident in Jesus Christ? Do you know enough Scripture to use it to convince someone about the Lord? Have you asked God, through the Holy Spirit, to use your testimony to convict others? Learn to share your faith!