Here’s a Sunday school lesson or Bible study on daring the Bible.
Proverbs 28: 1 “The wicked flee when no one pursues them, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. “
When someone is surprised by something, another person may ask, “Guilty conscience? Which means they must have had a reason to be afraid so easily. This is the idea of this verse. The greatest fear that unbelievers don’t even confess is that God is real and that God will judge them for their sin, but most of all, for their rejection of Jesus Christ. Some even denigrate his holy name, use it as blasphemous or insulting words, and their foul language uses the name of God or Jesus in just about every word. They cannot say that they do not fear God, but at “the sign of the Son of Man… all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory”(Mt 24:30). The apostle John says it well in writing “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him.(Rev 1: 7). They cry and moan because they realize that they have lived a life of sin and have traditionally persecuted Christians, and now they see the Holy and Righteous Judge of the Universe and know what is to follow ( Rev 20: 12-15)!
Have you ever had a bad conscience about something you did?
Why are the righteous “as bold as a lion?”
Why is it essential to tell people to repent and trust in Christ (Rev 21: 8)?
The audacity of the disciples
Acts 4:12 “Now, when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and saw that they were ordinary, uneducated men, they were amazed. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. “
Throughout the book of Acts you read of the courage and audacity of the disciple to proclaim the gospel despite beatings, imprisonments, and death threats. At one time in particular, the church prayer was “Lord, look at their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all the audacity(Acts 24:29). Their prayer was not, “Oh my God, stop the persecution and just let us have some peace.” No, they wanted to be bold in sharing the gospel and not be inhibited by persecution or threats. Soon after, they prayed that the servants of God “say your word with all the audacity, “the place where they were gathered was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.(Acts 4:31). God answered their prayer the very moment it was asked. This explains why Paul was able to write: “Since we have such hope, we are very daring“(2 Cor 3,12) but Paul still asked the church to pray,”also for me, may words be given to me opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains, so that I may boldly declare it, as I must say”(Eph 6: 19-20).
How did they perceive the disciples to be uneducated men?
How were they able to recognize “that they had been with Jesus?
Are you already praying for the persecution to end or are you praying to be bolder for Christ?
Would you ever ask someone to pray for you to be bold?
The audacity of the apostle Paul
Ephesians 6: 19-20 Pray “also for me, may words be given to me opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the Gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, so that I may boldly declare it, as I must say. “
Paul had just requested that prayers be made for all the saints at all times (Eph 6:18) but also for Him and prayed above all that he could “boldly proclaim the mystery of the gospel“And in Acts 19: 8 he shows that”he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them of the kingdom of God. “This is very daring! Bringing the gospel into the Jewish synagogue !? No wonder they beat him, stoned and imprisoned him, even thinking after he was dead (Acts 14:19). Even towards the end of the day end of the book of Acts, we still see Paul “confidently and unfettered proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching the Lord Jesus Christ“(Acts 28:31) but it is important to note that Paul also prayed that the right”words can be given to“him when the opportunity arose, so that he could accurately”proclaim the mystery of the gospel. “He considered himself an ambassador, even in chains.
Would you consider yourself to be an ambassador for Christ (2 Cor 5:20)?
Why does Paul often call it “the mystery of the gospel?
Have you prayed that God will put the right words in your mouth when you have the opportunity to share the mystery of the gospel of Christ?
Would you ask someone to pray that you have the right words to say?
Ephesians 3: 11-12 “It was according to the eternal purpose that he realized in Jesus Christ our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.. “
Paul wrote as if he trusted Timothy completely, saying “I am not ashamed of it, because I know the one I trust, and I am sure that he is able to keep what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return“(2 Tm 1,12) just as the author of Hebrews could say with confidence:”So let us approach with confidence the throne of grace, so that we can receive mercy and find grace to help in times of need.(Hey 4:16). Of course, we are not the source of our own audacity. Our daring is “by our faith in him” because “Christ is faithful over the house of God like a son. And we are his home if indeed we stand firm in our confidence and boasting in our hope.(Hey 3, 6).
Do you have the confidence to come to God in prayer?
Where or who does your trust come from?
Is boldness the same as confidence?
I urge you in your study to look at all the verses of the Bible and read them aloud in class so that you can get the most out of this lesson on daring because nowadays it is getting more and more difficult. to find fertile soil for the Word of God to take root and to bring eternal life to those who receive it. More often than not, someone will plant the seed of the word, someone will come and water it, and maybe another will fertilize it, and all of these people may never have met, but the point is. more important is that only God gives the increase (Acts 2:47) and “So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is nothing, but only God who makes grow»(1 Cor 3, 7). Knowing God grants repentance (2 Peter 3: 9) and that He alone brings about spiritual growth or birth (John 3: 3-7), this should give us more confidence to boldly proclaim the mystery of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the Lord of the Harvest.
How many gospel exposures does it take before someone is saved?
How many times have you been exposed to the gospel before you repent and trust Christ?
Do you have more confidence in yourself after this study?
What changed in your understanding of daring from this study?
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is the pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the senior editor of What Christians Want To Know, whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.