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Acquiring a Spirit of Boldness for the Mission of Evangelism
August 03, 2014      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons


Overcoming fear, the greatest obstacle to evangelism.


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Notes

Acts 4:29-31

And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

As we said last week, one of the great enemies of us ministering the gospel to people is FEAR.

The opposite of that would be courage or boldness.

The church under attack knew what they needed first: Boldness & then Power manifest.

Joshua needed it to possess what was promised and so do we.

Joshua 1:3-9

Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”


 

How boldness is acquired:

1. Real personal encounter with Jesus. 

Acts 4:13

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.

2. Prayer for Holy Spirit filling manifesting in boldness 

Acts 4:31

And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

3. Full persuasion of God’s ability to fulfill what he has promised

Romans 4:20-21 (ESV)

No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,  21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 

Romans 4:20-21 (NIV)

No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 

Boldness opens doors for opportunity to minister the gospel and releases faith in those we minister too.


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