1 – Boldness from Belief
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men [and women] of courage; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13
“Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” (Ambrose Redmoon)
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?’ ‘Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?’ For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:33-36
1. Keep your eyes on Jesus
2. Take your focus off yourself
“For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” Romans 11:34
“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36
3. Gain boldness from your belief
“It seemed as though I heard an inner voice saying, ‘Stand up for righteousness. Stand up for truth. God will be at your side forever.’ Almost at once my fears began to pass from me. The outer situation remained the same, but God had given me inner calm. Three nights later, our home was bombed. Strangely enough, I accepted the word of the bombing calmly.” Martin Luther King Jr.
- What did you learn tonight? Where were you challenged in your faith?
- Do you see yourself as courageous in any areas of life? What about in your faith?
- Does the culture cause you to withdraw, privatize or compartmentalize when it comes to your faith? How can you overcome this temptation?
- How should your belief in God really strengthen your boldness and courage?
- How can you be more courageous in your faith this new school year?