Time for Conviction


It is a time for Christians to feel, speak, and live with biblical conviction. Conviction, in a spiritual sense, is being convinced and confident about what we believe. Here is a reminder of our fundamental convictions as children of God. You can be sure. You can be certain. Through faith in Christ, and filled by the Spirit, you can be convinced and confident of these glorious truths.

  1. You can be convicted that the Bible is the complete Word of God. 2 Peter 1:21, "For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."
  2. You can be convicted that Jesus is God and man, that He lived a righteous life, died a sacrificial death in the place of sinners, and rose from the grave to imperishable eternal life. 1 Corinthians 15:3–4, "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, [4] that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures."
  3. You can be convicted that Jesus reigns from heaven as Lord of all. Ephesians 1:20–21, "that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, [21] far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come."
  4. You can be convicted that if you believe in Jesus for salvation, then all your sins are forgiven, you have been reconciled to God, you have the gift of eternal life, and you have overcome the evil one. Romans 5:1, "Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (see 1 John 2:12-14).
  5. You can be convicted that the church is the household of God: God's design for organizing and advancing His kingdom on earth. 1 Timothy 3:15, "if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth."
  6. You can be convicted that God is in control of history and the future. Ephesians 1:11, "In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will."
  7. You can be convicted that God is the Almighty Creator and Gracious Redeemer, and that His glory, wisdom, and power are revealed climactically in the person and work of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, the perfect Son of God. Hebrews 1:2–3, "but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. [3] He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high."

There are other Christian convictions, but these are fundamental. These will keep you grounded. These will keep you encouraged. These will keep us going forward in worship, service, and practical discipleship. These will enable us to remain biblical Christians who do God's will God's way for God's glory according to God's Word and by the working of God's Spirit. And that, when all is said and done, is all that matters. Therefore, do not be timid, but have conviction. 2 Timothy 1:7, "for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."