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Public faith versus private faith.

We live in a day when everyone is OK with your Christian faith as long as you keep it private. This is a tragedy because it means we are withholding Jesus from people who are hurting, suffering and dead in their sin.

Do you talk about Jesus on social media? Does your family know you are a Christian?

You may attend church, but do your co-workers know where you spend Sunday morning?

Are you a student in a university class? When the topic of Christianity comes up and the conversation is not very positive, do you speak up and maybe say, “Since you brought it up, I’d like to talk about Jesus”?

In order for people to meet Jesus, we have to tell them about Jesus.

Some of us don’t go public with our faith because we don’t want to be persecuted. I get it. Peter went public and he was crucified upside down.

But here’s the big idea: Someone went public for you. Someone took the risk of offending you and told you about Jesus.

Worth the risk.

The goal of life is not to escape without getting persecuted for your faith. As Christians, we want to finish this earthly life with converts who will join us with Jesus in heaven.

In order for this to happen, our faith has to be public. You don’t need to be rude about it, but you do need to be honest.

We live in a day when everyone is OK with your Christian faith as long as you keep it private.

You never know when you are going to have an opportunity to talk to people about Jesus, so be prepared. The Christian life is a series of pop quizzes. In Acts 3, Peter didn’t have time to prepare an outline or write out his sermon, but it’s obvious he had studied up—and the Holy Spirit blessed that.

Study, study, study.

Pray, pray, pray.

Expect God to open doors to opportunities, and be faithful to walk through them.

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Pastor Mark Driscoll is the Preaching and Speaking pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. He is one of the world’s most downloaded and quoted pastors. His audience—fans and critics alike—spans the theological and cultural left and right. Follow his updates at twitter.com/pastorMark.