Boldness (Gk. “parrhesia”, “tharreo”, “tolmao”) – showing a readiness to take risks or face danger; daring; fearless; confident – Webster’s New World Dictionary.
Courage (Gk. “tharreo”) – the attitude of facing and dealing with anything recognized as dangerous, difficult, or painful, instead of withdrawing from it; the quality of being fearless or brave; confident – Webster’s New World Dictionary.
2 Tim. 1:7 God did not give us a spirit (frame of mind or disposition) of what?
Instead, what kind of spirit did God give us?
[“power” is from the Greek word “dunamis”, meaning “physical and/or moral capability and strength.].
[Fear within exaggerates the causes of fear without. The Spirit of power (moral strength or boldness) is the spirit of man indwelt by the Spirit of God imparting courage; this courage casts out fear from ourselves, and should stimulate us to witness to others.].
Knowing this, how will it affect you, and why?
Heb. 13:5-6 What won’t God do?
Why should we not be afraid?
Are you ever afraid to witness (to share your faith) even though God is with you?
Should you? Why?
If you are fearful, what do you think you need to do to change this, and when do you plan to start?
Josh. 1:9; Matt. 28:20 What did God command Joshua?
Joshua was not to tremble or be dismayed, why?
Do you ever forget that God is with you wherever you go, and as a result you tremble (fear) or are discouraged, and why?
2 Cor. 3:12 Because Paul and Timothy (1:1) had such a hope (i.e., the new covenant, which includes heaven, Col. 1:5; 3:6; Lk. 22:20; Heb. 8:12-13; 9:15, 28), what were they able to do?
When you witness or hear someone speak against Christianity, do you boldly speak out for what you know the Bible teaches?
Give an example.
1 Thes. 2:2 Amid what, were Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy able to speak boldly the gospel of God to the Thessalonian Christians?
If while witnessing you experience mistreatment (opposition) from campus authorities, students, or even your family, would you stop or would you continue witnessing with boldness both to them and to others you meet, and why?
Prov. 28:1 Who is bold as a lion?
When told to do something by your employer, family or friends that is a sin (e.g., lying, cheating, stealing, etc.) do you give in or are you going to be like the lion that doesn’t fear anyone, and say “no” even if it means losing your job or relationship with your family or friends, and why?
Has it ever happen to you?
If so, how did or will you respond, and why?
Jn. 16:33 What do we have in Christ and in the world?
What should we do, and why?
[Christ overcame the prince of this world (Satan) and disarmed him (Col. 2:15; Eph. 4:8) through His (Christ’s) death and resurrection. Because Satan’s kingdom, this world, has been overcome by Christ, we Christians, through our union with Christ, can be victorious too over Satan’s kingdom. This fact should cause us to be courageous and live obediently instead of as a slave to sin (Rom. 6:11-13).].
Does knowing that Christ overcame the world, motivate you in any way?
If so, how?
Eph. 6:19-20 Paul not only asked the Ephesian Christians to pray in general for all saints (Eph. 6:18), but specifically to pray for what?
When proclaiming the gospel, do you speak it boldly? Why (Rom. 1:16)?
Have you or do you ever ask others to pray for boldness for you, or have you prayed for boldness for others to evangelize?
Prov. 14:26 He who fears/reverences the Lord has what?
Has your fear of the Lord (by respecting God through hating evil, Prov. 8:13, and living in obedience to Him, Deut. 17:19) given you strong confidence?
Why do you think this would be the case?
1 Jn. 4:18 What does perfect/mature/complete love (for others) do, and why?
[“perfected in love” – mature in his love for others].
[There is no fear of the Judgment Seat of Christ if we’ve been loving people in this life. Fear involves thoughts of being punished (losing rewards) at the Judgment Seat of Christ for Christians.].
Is being bold an expression of love? If so, how?
Eph. 3:12 Through faith in Christ, what do we have?
[This boldness, here, is talking about the access that we have now to God because of Christ’s death on the cross for our sins. We now have the freedom to approach the Father in confidence since we have found favor with Him. We can and should approach God without restraint, telling Him all our troubles and asking Him to help us in all our needs.].
How do you feel about this, and why?
Acts 14:3 Why were Paul and Barnabas able to speak boldly in Iconium?
Why do you think it’s important to rely upon the Lord for boldness, and are you?
Phil. 1:20-21 With all boldness, what did Paul want to do?
[Paul’s main purpose in living was to glorify Christ. Christ was the essence of his life, yet he was not sure whether he would experience release or martyrdom for his faith. He was certain of one thing though, that he wanted Christ to be exalted in his body either way.].
Do you want Christ to be exalted in your body (with your life)? If so, what do you plan on doing?
And how will that motivate you to be bold?
Acts 4:31 How were Peter and John able to speak the word of God with boldness?
Does one need to be Spirit-filled/controlled to speak the word of God with boldness?
But why would it be important to be filled/controlled by the Holy Spirit?
Examples of courageous/bold people
Judges 7:7-23 How did Gideon show his courage?
What would you have done if you were Gideon, and why?
Neh. 6:10-13 Even while someone was coming to kill Nehemiah, what did he refuse to do?
Why (Num. 3:10; 18:7)?
[If Nehemiah, not being a priest, entered the temple, he would have desecrated it and brought himself under God’s judgment. He would have disobeyed God by trying to gain safety from his enemies in there.].
Would/will you violate God’s law/Word, the Bible, in order to save your life?
Esther 4:8, 16; 5:1-2; 7:3-6 What did Queen Esther do that took courage?
Would you risk your life by violating a civil rule that could possibly bring death in order to save someone?
Jn. 11:16 Who else expressed courage? How?
Are you willing to be courageous, even if it means dying for Christ?
Rom. 1:16 What wasn’t Paul ashamed of, and why?
Are you ashamed of sharing the gospel?