God is every believer’s supreme authority. It’s our goal and passion to live lives that are pleasing to Him. He’s our Lord, and we’re His servants. He’s given us all a mission. We often refer to it as the “Great Commission.” As the Commander in Chief of His Army, He commands us, His Soldiers, to “Make Disciples.” We are not commanded to make disciples of ourselves, like many in Paul’s day, but to make disciples of Jesus Christ. We must give high priority in our lives to this sacred calling. We must be committed to God’s Message in the Scriptures, not a particular perspective or system of interpretation, but to the message itself. The central theme in that message is the work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross.

A commitment to God’s Message will always be challenged in the secular world. There are numerous attempts to silence the centrality of Christ in Christianity in every major institution in American. The educational system is often hostile to the Evangelical mission of Christianity. The Judicial system is deciding cases in which attempts to remove Christian terminology from Christmas and Easter. One case currently being heard is whether a Navy Chaplain can end a public prayer “In Jesus Name.” The Political system in American has made it nearly impossible for a person of faith to be elected to any major office at the national level. We’ll see this again real soon. These are just modern expressions of the way it’s always been. The world has always been hostile to the mission and message of biblical Christianity.

In Acts, Chapter 4, Peter and John were commanded by the political authorities to stop preaching the message of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem. Peter’s response was in the form of a question. He knew what his mission and message was. He knew it came from God and had the authority of God’s Son, Jesus Christ (See Matthew 28:19 – “all authority has been given to me…”). So, he asked those commanding him to be silent about Christ, “you choose whether I should obey God or obey man.” If we’re not committed to God’s mastery, God’s mission, and God’s message we’ll never persevere in a world hostile to the Biblical faith. After their miraculous delivery from prison, Acts 4:31 says, “When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak God’s message with boldness.” It will always require boldness to talk about Jesus Christ!

“Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech…” 2 Corinthians 3:12