Monday, January 21, 2008

Boldness in Christ

Boldness to share the gospel amid much opposition, struggle and conflict.

1 Thessalonians 2:2
but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition.

Boldness comes from the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 4:31
And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.

Boldness comes from hope.
Ministry of righteousness brings the hope of the gospel and this brings boldness.

2 Corinthians 3:12 (v7-12)
Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech,

Our boldness comes from Christ.

Ephesians 3:12
in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.

Pray for boldness.

Ephesians 6:19
and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,

Saints prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Christ.
according to the earnest expectation and hope
1. not put to shame
2. Christ be exalted in his body by life or death with ALL boldness.

Philippians 1:20
according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

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