(Program 2273, Airing on 1.18.09 & 1.25.09)
- Are we bold believers or cowardly Christians?
- What is boldness?
- Boldness is not arrogance
- Boldness is not presumption, where we do things to show how much courage we have.
- Boldness is having the courage to stand for the Lord Jesus Christ in the face of opposition.
- The apostles, Peter and John, faced opposition from religious leaders when the Lord used them to heal a beggar at the gate Beautiful. (Acts 3)
- Peter and John responded with boldness to the opposition. (Acts 4:9-33)
- THE BASIS OF OUR BOLDNESS
- Keep company with God the Son. (Acts 4:13)
- Have confidence in God the Father. (Acts 4:24-29)
- God is the Creator of all things. (Acts 4:24)
- God is the Controller of all things. (Acts 4:25-28)
- God is the Conqueror of all things. (Psalm 2:2,6)
- Receive courage from God the Spirit. (Acts 4:29-31)
- Boldness is not for rebels; we will not have boldness if there is any unconfessed sin or unsurrendered area in our lives.
- We need courage to
- Express God’s Word. (Acts 4:29)
- Extend God’s hand. (Acts 4:30)
- Acts 5:12 – the word “by” actually means “through”; Jesus Christ is working through us.
- Anything we do that can be explained apart from Jesus is worth nothing.
- Exalt God’s Son. (Acts 4:30)
- Do not be ashamed or afraid to lift up the name of Jesus.
- God blessed the apostles’ boldness. (Acts 4:31-33