“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”—2 Tim. 1:7
God did not give us a spirit of timidity—but a lot of Christians have picked it up somewhere along the way! Many of us have become tentative in our faith and in our willingness to share it with others.
That’s why I wrote Confident Faith, and it’s why I’m excited to speak at the upcoming homeschool conventions on “Finding a Confident Faith.” I want to help us all become more bold and confident in these areas.
For now, let’s discuss four practical areas that will help us.
Jesus said in John 8:32, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” He didn’t say, “You will develop Christian ideas,” but rather, “You shall know the truth!” Equally bold, He declared in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Notice He wasn’t saying He is a way, truth, or life, but the way!
And Paul wrote this daring declaration in 2 Corinthians 10:5: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Peter added: “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
These passages capture the biblical mix of bold assurance and Christ-like humility.
2. Logical Thinking Helps Build Confidence.
It’s silly for people to condemn us for thinking we’re right—because aren’t they simultaneously thinking they are right in saying we are wrong? We all think we’re right. The question is this: where does logic and evidence point?
As we test various truth claims and evaluate real-world information and evidence, our confidence in the teachings of the Bible will be increasingly undergirded.
3. Evidence Can Increase Your Confidence.
Many reasons can be given for believing in the truth of the Christian faith. In Confident Faith, I present twenty arguments that form a cumulative case from science, philosophy, history, archaeology, and evidence related to the Bible. I’m excited to discuss these “Twenty Arrows of Truth” at upcoming conventions!
4. Knowing God Will Give You a More Confident Faith.
My friend Marie Little, the late widow of author Paul Little, used to remind me, “Mark, keep explaining to people that being a Christian is much more than just accepting a message; it’s getting to know a real person—Jesus!”
C. S. Lewis said, “To believe that God—at least this God—exists is to believe that you as a person now stand in the presence of God as a Person….You are no longer faced with an argument which demands your assent, but with a Person who demands your confidence.”
It is that Person who enables our hearts to cry “Abba, Father,” as His Spirit “testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Rom. 8:15–16). When you combine that relationship with the broader evidence, it’s easy to see how it adds up to an increasingly confident faith—one that will withstand the trials and that we’ll be excited to share with others.
So let me urge you to deepen your knowledge of God’s Word, sharpen your discipline of clear thinking, get acquainted with the evidence supporting your faith, and strengthen your relationship with God. As a result, you’ll be a more confident Christian, and you’ll become a much more effective witness for Christ.
Mark Mittelberg will speak more on this topic in the Real Faith for the Real World teen track.