Boldness: First, a word about why I wanted to read this book right now. Recently the boldness of the early Christians in the book of Acts has been slapping me in the face. I am not a bold individual in general, but especially and unfortunately so when it comes to sharing my faith. I was looking for a swift kick in the pants to help me grow a little boldness in my everyday life. That being said, this book was definitely what I needed to read.
Quotable: "We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one swift hour before the sunset in which to win them."- Robert Moffat (from the Study Guide, page 3).
"If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to @#!*% over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay." - CH Spurgeon (page 93)
"Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen, such alone will shake the gates of @#!*% ." - John Wesley (page 184)
I Loved It: Mark Cahill played college basketball at Auburn University with Charles Barkley and has an ongoing friendship with him. In chapter six there are several stories about sharing the Good News with Barkley, Michael Jordan and others. They were great stories and also very challenging to me: If the author can be bold enough to share the Gospel with Michael Jordan, then I should be bold enough to share it with anyone.
How I'm Going to Use It: Due to the busy summer season, I'm actually going to stretch this post into the future. I'll be listing some ideas for how I'm going to use what's taught in this book to boldly share my faith.
I'm Still Wondering: ... if I agree with this statement: "Before someone accepts Jesus he must be thinking about his eternal destination." (pg 73). I'm wondering why someone couldn't accept Jesus just based on their current life. What do you think? How important is pointing to the eternal destination in conversations about witnessing?
2011 Personal Impact Ranking:
- One thing You Can't Do in Heaven by Mark Cahill*
- Fight Clubs by Jonathan Dodson*
- Why We Love the Church by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck*
- The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis
- Humility by CJ Mahaney*
- Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
- Crazy Love by Francis Chan*
- The Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott*