Introduction to the Bold Faith Devotional Booklet 2016
Welcome to Bold Faith 2016
Bold Faith. What is it?
It is faith that has action! Belief plus doing. It is faith that believes our awesome God wants us to make choices based upon His promises.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:3-5).
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline” (1 Timothy 1:5).
Peter explains to us that God’s promises help us to participate in God’s divine nature. And Paul reveals that the Spirit that God gives us is not a spirit of bashfulness but one that is humbly and confidently bold.
When we started the Bold Faith Initiative five years ago, we considered the prayer in Joshua 10 in which Joshua asked God to cause the sun to stand still so that he could have more time to finish the work God had given him to do that day. That was a bold prayer that was accompanied by a bold routing of the enemy of Israel and of God. Faith plus action.
Our goal for this year’s Bold Faith Initiative expresses the same attitude. In these days of the 21st century, the church is being called to pray boldly and live boldly by faith. The 11th chapter of Hebrews helps us explore different facets of faith by giving us examples of what living boldly for the Lord looks like in the face of great cultural resistance and challenge.
In fulfillment of the last verse of Hebrews 11, we are bringing to completion the faith the ancients had in the Lord our God! In light of the great connection we have with them, may we live as boldly in our context as they did in theirs.
What will it take? It will take an absolute trust that God rewards those who believe and trust in Him (Heb. 11:6).
This month, let us ask the Lord, as the disciples did, to increase our faith! The pastors who are participating in this Bold Faith Initiative are praying that all of us together, living with Bold Faith, will accomplish God’s purposes. With the empowerment of the Spirit, God will do a mighty work just as He did in the life and times of the saints in Hebrews 11!