“The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had murdered by hanging Him on a tree. God exalted this man to His right hand as ruler and Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” Acts 5:30-32 HCSB
As a teenager I can remember when a man by the name of Arthur Blessitt came to Louisville, Kentucky. He was on a mission to carry a cross around the world and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. He would stop in certain towns to preach the Gospel message. In addition to preaching in churches, he would go into bars and strip clubs to witness to the people there. He would say, “We must go to where the people are if we are going to be able to share Jesus Christ with them instead of expecting them to come to church.” He was bold in his witness and was not afraid to take a stand for Christ.
Knowing that the Jewish leaders had the power to put them back in prison or to kill them, Peter and the apostles did not back down but boldly proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ. They accused the Jewish high council of murdering Jesus and then said that Jesus had been exalted by God and He was the Savior that could grant repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
Challenge: Pray that God will help you to be as bold as Peter and the disciples as you take a stand for Jesus Christ. If interested in knowing more about Arthur Blessitt, there are several videos on YouTube that detail his life and ministry.