We hear much these days about self-image, self-esteem and self-confidence. Much of this talk promotes idolatry of the self: ‘believe in yourself’, proclaim the self-help gurus.
As Christians, we have a vastly richer, stronger, and enduring basis for our confidence, although it is one that goes largely unnoticed and untapped.
Our confidence is in Christ, and it is based on our union with him.
Gospel proclamation itself requires confidence: confidence that we have something to say and confidence to say it. …