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POWERPOINT GRAPHICS ONE:
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Heavenly Father what an awesome God you are. Lord we come before your throne to worship and praise you and to be fed by your word to empower us to do your will through your Holy Spirit. Lord God you know the needs of all of our hearts, you know our thoughts as well. For those that are sick, I pray for healing and whatever the other needs are, guide and direct their paths. It is in the name of Jesus Christ I pray aman.
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He Lives! https://youtu.be/xpJfT4_COzY
Blessed Assurance - Congregational Hymn Listen to this hymn given at Temple Baptist Church in Powell, Tennessee. https://youtu.be/d_urZWy0N74
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name (Diadem arr. Sterling Procter) https://youtu.be/kgQ9ER-fdWQ
THREE ******** THE MESSAGE ********
Boldness is the courage to act or speak fearlessly, despite real or imagined dangers. When a person acts boldly, he or she takes action regardless of risks. A petite mother will boldly snatch her child’s hand away from a six-foot stranger.
A man may boldly stand up to a dictatorial boss, knowing he could be fired for doing so. Boldness is not to be confused with rashness or aggressiveness. It is, however, similar to assertiveness in that it empowers someone to do or speak what is necessary, in spite of the possibility of a negative outcome.
Boldness was one of the first characteristics the Holy Spirit imparted when He came to indwell believers after Jesus ascended into heaven. The followers of Jesus had been hiding in fear of the Jewish authorities, praying and encouraging one another. Then the Holy Spirit came upon them, and those formerly terrified disciples became fearless preachers (Acts 2). A short time later, as the disciples faced persecution from the authorities, they prayed for boldness (Acts 4:29). Their prayer was answered, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and “spoke the word with boldness” (Acts 4:31). God gives us boldness when our objective is to obey and glorify Him with it.
Spiritual boldness can appear to be opinionated or extroverted, when in fact the bold person may feel great trepidation. Such boldness comes from the Holy Spirit who compels a person to speak the truth in love even when it may not be welcomed. Healthy boldness can be compared to a woman who is terrified of snakes but sees a copperhead on her porch. She is frightened, but she will not let it escape because it is dangerous. She goes after it with a shovel and kills it, even while she is shaking violently for fear herself. It would not be accurate to state that this woman enjoys confrontation. Instead, her boldness in killing the snake comes from a determination to do what is right to protect her family regardless of her fear.
Spiritual boldness pursues the truth, works to destroy lies and error, and speaks what is right regardless of how terrifying such action may be. Worldly boldness, on the other hand, can become pushy or confrontational. It thrives on popular approval and often ignores caution or sensitivity.
The incredulous words, “What were you thinking?” follow in the wake of a bold fool. We should not be bold in doing evil, accepting dares, or crossing boundaries simply to prove we can.Boldness without discernment can lead to foolish words and risky behavior.
The book of Proverbs often connects rash boldness with folly. Proverbs 13:16 says, “Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.”
Foolish people are so blind to their own error that they shamelessly brag about it. They are bold in proclaiming their erroneous viewpoints and even bolder in carrying them out. Boldness is no more fitting for a fool than jewels are fitting for a hog (see Proverbs 11:22).
Proverbs 28:1 says, “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.”
The righteous are bold because they know that God is for them and what they have to say is important (Hebrews 13:6). When the apostle Paul was in prison, he wrote to the churches asking for prayer that he be bold in continuing to proclaim the gospel (Ephesians 6:19). Godly boldness is motivated by passion for Christ and His truth.
It is rarely self-centered because it requires us to set aside our natural desire for comfort and popularity. For Paul to speak boldly would most likely mean more persecution. Stephen spoke boldly and became the first Christian martyr (Acts 6:8–10, 7:1–2, 54–58).
As followers of Christ, we should pray as Paul did that the Lord will grant us supernatural boldness to speak and live as He would have us do.
In this age of great deception and resistance to truth, we need boldness more than ever. Boldness, coupled with love and humility (1 Corinthians 13:4–8; 1 Peter 5:6), is like a light in the darkness (Matthew 5:14).
When we are convinced that our message is life-giving and eternal, we can speak with boldness, knowing that God will use it to impact our world (Isaiah 55:10–11).
We are told to think confidently, to be self-assured, to live brashly, boldly, and brazenly. In a myriad of ways, the theme of modern society is to be self-confident.
Popular religious leaders make confidence the centerpiece of their teaching. Does the Bible agree with this "positive thinking" mantra? If the Bible teaches us to be confident, what should we be confident about? If not, why not?
The word confidence (or its close derivatives) is used 54 times in the King James Version and 60 times in the New International Version. The majority of uses concern trust in people, circumstances, or God.
The Bible says there are some things we should not have confidence in. For example, "Have no confidence in the flesh" (Philippians 3:3). Paul wrote these words to counter the claims of those who thought they were acceptable to God based on their heredity, training, or religious devotion. God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), and our résumés and geneaologies don't matter much to Him.
Proverbs 14:16 says that a righteous man departs from evil, but a fool rages in his confidence. In other words, to arrogantly assume that sin has no consequences is a foolish confidence.
If we’re going to be confident in something, Psalm 118:8, 9 tells us what it should be:
"It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes."
Those who trust in government, finances, other people, or themselves will be disappointed in the end. On the other hand, those who put their confidence in God will never be ashamed (Romans 10:11).
Psalm 16 is an excellent example of a positive confidence in God.
David takes no credit for his own goodness (verse 2), nor does he extol his own abilities. Instead, every good thing is ascribed to God (verse 6), and every hope is based on God's character (verse 1).
Because God is unchanging, David can confidently rest in hope (verse 9), despite any hardships he faces in life (verse 10).
Our confidence comes from our relationship with Christ. He is our High Priest, and through His intercession, we can “approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
The apostles before the Sanhedrin displayed an assurance that amazed their antagonists: “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).
We can follow God in full confidence in His wisdom, power, and plan. As we obey the Lord, we have assurance of our salvation (1 John 2:3). Also, having a good conscience aids our confidence, for we will have nothing to hide. “The righteous are as bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1).
Paul gives us something else we can have faith in: "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6).
Knowing that God promises to work in the lives of His children, Paul was confident that God would help the Galatians stand fast in the truth (Galatians 5:10).
When we put our trust in God and His revealed Word, our lives take on a new stability, focus, and poise. A biblical self-confidence is really a confidence in God's Word and character.
We put no confidence in our flesh, but we have every confidence in the God who made us, called us, saved us and keeps us.
Our boldness in Jesus Christ to preach the truth, to stand up and not be ashamed but with power and not afraid because we have the confidence in God's living word and we know that all things are possible through Him but not us.
Therefore with all boldness and confidence and the right attitude, we can stand up and tell people what Christ did for us. We can share the Gospel message and warn of coming judgment to those who refuse to repent and place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
Believers in Jesus Christ stand up and be bold through the power of the Holy Spirit. This short time on Earth is our opportunity to shine for Christ. but one day there will be no more time and what you do today for Christ, has eternal value Aman!
FOUR, ******** MUSIC ********
The Gospel Plowboys - What A Day That Will Be https://youtu.be/G66ThRLy9js
Mighty To Save https://youtu.be/sR8rlTIU8_Y FIVE,
********** CLOSING PRAYER ********
Lord God, thank you for your word and lord we pray that you will give us all Boldness to serve you and share Christ. We are not ashamed of you, and boldly you gave your life for us on the cross shedding that precious blood for our sins. We can rejoice in you Lord because you were buried and on the third day you rose from the dead. Because you live, we can face tomorrow, we can face any storm in life, we can over come any trial because you are there going through it with us. Lord if there is anyone who does not know you that I pray that before they leave this post they will invite you Lord to come in to their heart by faith. Give everyone a great week and opportunities to share Christ and it is in the name of Jesus I pray amen.
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