Proverbs 28:1 “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.”
Everyone has their own personality and everyone is different, but there is something that should be standard in all Christians. Just like airbags comes standard in all cars, and cameras come standard in phones, TVs come with remotes, and furniture comes with directions; Christians should come with boldness. I want to talk to you today about being BOLD. Now not everyone is bold in the same way, but when we talk to someone, we should be bold enough to talk about Jesus Christ and church. When I go to the grocery store and buy a ton of soda, or candy, or some random items for a game, people ask what am I doing with all this stuff. And at that moment, I have the opportunity to tell them I am a Youth Pastor and invite them to church. Or I have the opportunity to avoid the topic and give an excuse about what I am doing. I was at the Barber shop the other day, and these guys were talking Spanish. I obviously don’t normally understand most of what they are saying, but then they stared talking English and were talking vulgar and asked me a vulgar question. At that moment, I had the opportunity to try to fit in just smile and laugh or be Bold! No one would have know if I would have played it off. I wasn’t dressed in church clothes, no one would have known, But you know what I did, I said “I am a Pastor” And immediately they apologized and their inappropriate conversation stopped. Not all of us have the same personality to walk into a room and control the atmosphere, but when it come to doing right we can all be BOLD! I want to talk about BOLDNESS in 3 ways.
1. Boldness Through Knowledge.
Ecclesiastes 8:1 “Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.” What the Bible is saying here is that, boldness comes from wisdom, and of course we know that the “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom” If we are not established in what we believe, if we do not have the knowledge of our faith then we will not have Boldness. Have you ever gotten up in class and tried to give a book report and the only thing you read of the book is the cover of the book? That is how Christians are if they have no knowledge of what they believe in. That is why yesterday that we talked about Bibliology and the reasons we believe the Bible. It is important that we have knowledge of what we believe. 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” So that when a question comes up about our faith we can answer it.
2. Boldness For Right
Mark 15:43 “Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.” John 19:38 “And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.” Joseph of Arimathaea was a disciple of Jesus Christ. So he was a Christian, but according to John up to this point, Joseph had kept that fact a secret. But now Joseph sees that there is something that is right to do. Jesus’ body needs to be buried and to be properly taken care of. The Bible says that Joseph went in Boldly unto Pilate. Before he was timid and secretive about being a Christian, but now when he sees this and that it is right to do Joseph steps up and becomes BOLD to do the right thing. We need to be Bold to do the right thing. Many times doing the right thing takes courage. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. – Edmund Burke It take courage, it takes boldness to do the right thing. So when you see something that is right to do, ask God to give you the Boldness to do it. It may seem hard before you do it, but often times once you do it, it doesn’t seem as difficult as before.
3. Boldness Toward God
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,” Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;” Many people have a distorted view of God. They think God is some old man that has no control over the world today… that is false our God is powerful and just as in control as the day God created the world. People think that God just created the world and left it to do its own thing… that is false our God wants to be involved in every aspect of our lives. Some people feel that God is harsh and mean and enjoys allowing pain to enter peoples lives… that is false God helps us when we make problems for ourselves through the decision that we make. God is a great, powerful, almighty God, and yet He tells us to come boldy to Him. Some people come to God timid and small. NO! God says come to Him Boldy. Like he is a personal friend. You come to someone you don’t know and are timid to talk to them or ask a favor of someone, but to someone that you know you come to them boldly. Come to God boldly, not disripectful, but boldly.
1. He want to hear from you.
2. He want to help you.
3. He is on your side.
4. He want to be apart of everything that your going through good and bad.
Come Boldly! When you pray, envision yourself walking into the throne room of a king and talking to the king who is God. That is literally what we are doing. Going to a king’s throne room to ask Him, His advice, His help, or even just His friendship. God says come Boldly. People who do not go to God boldly, will have a hard time being bold on this earth. People who know God and go to Him boldly, will have an easier time being bold.
Let’s be BOLD for Christ!!!
Paul Gelhausen | Youth Pastor
Central Baptist Church | Avenel, New Jersey