Topical Bible Study: Boldness

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Christ set an example of

John 7:16 NIV
Jesus answered, "My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me.

Boldness is through faith in Christ

Ephesians 3:12 NIV
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Hebrews 10:19 NIV
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,

Boldness is a characteristic of saints

Proverbs 28:1 NIV
The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

Boldness is produced by trust in God

Isaiah 50:7 NIV
Because the Sovereign lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.

Boldness is produced by fear of God

Acts 4:19 NIV
But Peter and John replied, "Which is right in God's eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges!

Acts 5:29 NIV
Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than human beings!

Boldness is produced by faithfulness to God

1 Timothy 3:13 NIV
Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Express your trust in God with boldness

Hebrews 13:6 NIV
So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?"

Have boldness in prayer

Ephesians 3:12 NIV
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Hebrews 4:16 NIV
Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Saints shall have boldness in judgement

1 John 4:17 NIV
This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.

Exhortations to boldness

Joshua 1:7 NIV
"Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.

2 Chronicles 19:11 NIV
"Amariah the chief priest will be over you in any matter concerning the lord, and Zebadiah son of Ishmael, the leader of the tribe of Judah, will be over you in any matter concerning the king, and the Levites will serve as officials before you. Act with courage, and may the lord be with those who do well."

Jeremiah 1:8 NIV
Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the lord.

Ezekiel 3:9 NIV
I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people."

Pray for boldness

Acts 4:29 NIV
Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.

Ephesians 6:19-20 NIV
Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Ministers should exhibit boldness in faithfulness to their people

2 Corinthians 7:4 NIV
I have spoken to you with great frankness; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.

Ministers should exhibit boldness in faithfulness to their people

2 Corinthians 10:1 NIV
By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am "timid" when face to face with you, but "bold" toward you when away!

Ministers should exhibit boldness in preaching

Acts 4:31 NIV
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

Philippians 1:14 NIV
And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.

Ministers should exhibit boldness in reproving sin

Isaiah 58:1 NIV
"Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.

Micah 3:8 NIV
But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.

Ministers should exhibit boldness in the face of opposition

Acts 13:46 NIV
Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: "We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.

1 Thessalonians 2:2 NIV
We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition.

Boldness exemplified by Abraham

Genesis 18:22-32 NIV
The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the lord. Then Abraham approached him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?" The lord said, "If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake." Then Abraham spoke up again: "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?" "If I find forty-five there," he said, "I will not destroy it." Once again he spoke to him, "What if only forty are found there?" He said, "For the sake of forty, I will not do it." Then he said, "May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?" He answered, "I will not do it if I find thirty there." Abraham said, "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?" He said, "For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it." Then he said, "May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?" He answered, "For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it."

Boldness exemplified by Jacob

Genesis 32:24-29 NIV
So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered. Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome." Jacob said, "Please tell me your name." But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?" Then he blessed him there.

Boldness exemplified by Moses

Exodus 32:31-32 NIV
So Moses went back to the lord and said, "Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. But now, please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written."

Exodus 33:18 NIV
Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory."

Boldness exemplified by Aaron

Numbers 16:47-48 NIV
So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly. The plague had already started among the people, but Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them. He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped.

Boldness exemplified by David

1 Samuel 17:45 NIV
David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

Boldness exemplified by Elijah

1 Kings 18:15 NIV
Elijah said, "As the lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, I will surely present myself to Ahab today."

1 Kings 18:18 NIV
"I have not made trouble for Israel," Elijah replied. "But you and your father's family have. You have abandoned the lord's commands and have followed the Baals.

Boldness exemplified by Nehemiah

Nehemiah 6:11 NIV
But I said, "Should a man like me run away? Or should someone like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!"

Exemplified by Shadrach

Daniel 3:17-18 NIV
If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty's hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."

Exemplified by Daniel

Daniel 6:10 NIV
Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

Boldness exemplified by Joseph of Arimathaea

Mark 15:43 NIV
Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body.

Boldness exemplified by Peter and John

Acts 4:8-13 NIV
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: "Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is "'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.' Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." 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.

Boldness exemplified by Stephen

Acts 7:51 NIV
"You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!

Boldness exemplified by Paul

Acts 9:27-29 NIV
But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews, but they tried to kill him.

Acts 19:8 NIV
Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.

Boldness exemplified by Barnabas

Acts 14:3 NIV
So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders.

Boldness exemplified by Apollos

Acts 18:26 NIV
He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.

Source: The New Topical Textbook by R. A. Torrey. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™

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