Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
When Peter and John preached in Jerusalem, the crowd marveled because of their boldness. How could men who had never been schooled speak with such conviction and power? These men were able to do so because 1. They preached the Word of God, (Acts 3:22-26) and 2. They were filled with the Holy Ghost, (Acts 4:8). These unbelievers undervalued the teachings that Jesus had given the disciples and considered them to be unlearned and ignorant. God’s Word gave them the boldness to overcome perceptions.
If you are concerned that those you are witnessing to will not believe you or will not even listen, follow this formula: preach the Word of God, and pray for the power of the Holy Ghost. Perceptions will be changed just as hearts and minds are.
Pastor David Bragg