Bold Influencers Bible Study Material
At the end of creation, God saw that all he had created was good. The writer of Genesis affirms this when he writes: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the sixth day (Genesis 1:31, NIV).” The creation story helps us to appreciate what God desired: a perfect and orderly world. But the world as we experience it today is so different. Evil seems to infiltrate every fragment of society. The mischief we see that ranges from bad governance to injustice, violence, poverty, corruption among others is a result of the fall of man. Nonetheless, Jesus took it all on the cross on behalf of all that will accept his atoning offering. Jesus went ahead to make us the salt and light of the world… “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:13-14, NIV).” We who are Christians have a role to play. The prince of peace has granted us the privilege of being bold influencers. We need to affect all the spheres of life with the light of salvation. Landa Cope (2011), in her book Old Testament Templates shapes that we need to renew our Christian minds to see our lives transformed. We need to conform every thought to the thinking of Christ. Then church will turn our world the right side up. Then the body of Christ will not only be large and diverse, but it will regain its power of influence and change.
In this Bible study sequence, we will study eight (8) areas through which we have an opportunity to influence our society holistically. These eight areas are: Family, Government, Business, Education, Science & Technology, Arts & Entertainment, Church, and Communication & Media. To be an influencer in any of the spheres of impact termed above is to be daring and brave in our faith, selflessly serving the people around us, being intentional and deliberate with both the people and all opportunities availed to us by God. God is calling you and I to be brave, audacious enough to engage even in the most difficult situations in our world. God will thus use you in your field as a scholar, scientist, lecturer, businessman, minister of the Gospel or even as a researcher. Africa and the world at large needs bold men and women. The church has all the world needs and God loves to partner with his people – the church in fixing the perennial problems of the world. In this Bible study series, seek to be unafraid in influencing all of society with kingdom values. In the words of God to Joshua: We pray that we will be… “Be strong and very courageous (Joshua 1:7a, NIV).”