Make Me Bold

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Crazy - Told and have access | go BOLDLY Before the THRONE of Grace | God Moves from Prayers - You been equipt, everything you need | to come together | God’s Purpose | but…sometimes we don’t.
How as people of God do we access power that early church had? Power to love, forgive, change, heal - to be bold
Sermon Series: Come Together | Book of Acts | Earch Church Live togehter | face challenges | apply today.
Just finished looking at early church | How they lived | What they devoted to | Last week, blessing to others |
Today - Being Bold
Emma with Sales person = bold
Mark of early church | Extremely bold together | Bold in prayers | We can pray safe | Why?
We love and honour God | Don’t feel we can ask for it or good at praying | Maybe because some people are really good | Prayer envy | some are professional prayers | God be like = Awesome | Implied point system - Good, yew, bible verse, bonus points, someone says “yes lord” | How can we be more Bold? Have more Faith?
Title: Make me Bold so I can carry out the Will of God
My Hope: After today, you will not only realise that you can enter the throne of Grace | and that you can and should pray for Boldness | but Bold is inside you.
Move on from Acts 2 | Look at Acts 4 | Context | Peter & John preaching Resurrection, doing miracles, God working | Lame Man - Didn’t walk for 40 years | Peter Healed him.
There was a problem | Religious leaders thought peter and John Cult movement | They went to Prison | Stood trial in front of sehnehedrin | “In who’s name do you do these things”
Acts 4:10–13 ESV
let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” 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.
They where astonished - Amazed blown away | How? Regular, Unschooled- where so bold - Ordinary in greek = Idiotaste = Idiots. Nothing Special = Incredibly Bold IN JESUS.
Religious leaders looking on - Healing | Miracles | Preaching in Jesus name - Not their religion | They had to stop it | Going to spread.
Charged them = Stop talking about Jesus | What they do? - Could of lost life.
They Prayed - Of course | Think about context = Religious leaders wanting to kill them | Death sentence | What did they pray?
What they did NOT Pray
Comfortable | Enemies to flee | leave me alone | Offer me the golden parth out
Threat of Death | They had Faith, TRUST,
Acts 4:24 ESV
And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them,
Acts 4:29–30 ESV
And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
Question: Do you think your bold? | Think about it = Scale of 1-10 How bold? 3 or 4? 7 or 8?
Story in the Old Testament | Esther, with Boldness went before the king - “I will go to the king and if I perish, I perish”.
There is another story of boldness | Daniel 3 | Nebuchadnezzar made a big gold Statue | and he declared;
Daniel 3:5–6 ESV
that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. And whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace.”
This was a time Israel held captive | Some living in land of Babylon | Would raise up isreal leaders | three young men where raised up - Shadrach Meshach and Abednego.
Daniel 3:17 ESV
If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.
Daniel 3:18 ESV
But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
Nebekenezzer - was furious, ordered the furnace to be turned up 7 times Hotter | Bound these three boys | Thrown into the furnace | Men who through them in there burned up | King furious, boys where not burning - Scripture says;
Daniel 3:25 ESV
He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”
nebachanezzar was AMAZED | In fact, So amazed - He turned to God and said this;
Daniel 3:29 ESV
Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.”
Look at after effect of being Bold | What would happen if you Got Bold | These three young men where Bold | Jesus Showed up | it might get uncomfortable, but Jesus is right there with you | Place I would like to be |
Let’s look at what God did in Acts after they got Bold;
Acts 4:31 ESV
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.
After Prayer | Place Shook | They where what? Filled?
Filled with Spirit | Then praeched the word Boldly | You might say, “I;m not a naturally bold person, timid, laid back -
Boldness not personality trait | When Holy Spirit Filled you | You can be FILLED with BOLDNESS
Not personality Trait = Holy Spirit Trait
If you pray this - See Opportunities to be Bold like never before
Someone might be gossiping about someone in the church - Hey, let’s be better
Might see someone alone - Be bold, say hello
Sharing a meal out of comfort zone, you might just do it
Commit to working on relationship - Treating your wife, submitting to husband
What would happen, set an alarm, before work day, before situation, “Make me bold” “Release tension, set intention”
What happen to Peter and John? Kept preaching, still bold, miracles, acts 5 - Arrested again, in jail, angel came, broke them out, angel said: “Get back to work”
If you want to be BOLD 3 THINGS:
Boldness always triggers Spiritual Opposition - Peter and JOhn | Preached Boldly | Jail | over and over | Doesn’t say “Follow Jesus and they where reaallllllly comfortable - I do not worry when there is opposition from obedience, I worry when there isn’t | If you stand up for name of Jesus - It will not always go well | If you’re not ready to face opposition, you’re not ready to be used by God.
Bold Faith often leads to a realisation of God’s Work - What will happen, is you will start to see God’s hand in everything | You will be like “How did I do that?” “How did that happen”
No matter what - Boldness Requires Faith - If you want to be Bold, start living by faith, right now, we need to live by faith - That jesus holids it all together
What did Angel say;
Acts 5:20–21 ESV
“Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.” And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach. Now when the high priest came, and those who were with him, they called together the council, all the senate of the people of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.
Do waht you got arrested for | That thing, get you killed, go do that thing | The call was to OBEDIENCE - NOT OUTCOME.
Question; are you going ot be obedient?
Story about Homeless Guy | No Fruit | No happy ending
We are not bold to achieve our outcome - We are bold to be obedience
You have no idea what might happen.
How can you be bold?
Realise the Lord is Sovereign - They said SOVEREIGN LORD - Stress Powerful control exerted by God
2nd thing you might have missed: Lifted with ONE VOICE - TOGETHER | Created to be dependent on each other and Jesus | In a community | weren’t bold alone - Where bold Together
Romans 15:6 ESV
that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
3. There is power in the name of JESUS. THERE IS POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS
How did Peter make the lame man walk? Acts 3:6
Acts 3:6 ESV
But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”
Acts 3:16 ESV
And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.
Philippians 2:9 ESV
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
The name every one will kneel | tongue will confess | The name that saves | The name that heals | The name of Jesus Christ


Listen; How will it end? John dipped in boiling oil | Did not burn | Banished to Patmos
Peter | Crucified upside down “I am not worthy to be crucified like my saviour - That was His reward
Boldness + Obedience brings opposition
But; If you know Jesus like I know Jesus | If you have been FORGIVEN like I have been forgiven - You don’t care about opposition | Happy to take it | Count it as all joy | Joy is your state of being, not an emotion
**Close and Altar call**
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