The Strength To Be Bold Like A Lion
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. Ask yourself, “Am I spiritually strong” (Proverbs 24:10)?
1. I am not talking about the strength of men (I Corinthians 16:13).
2. We are talking about the strength we get through God (Ephesians 6:10).
B. As a minister of/in the Gospel, I am expected to make full proof of my service (II Timothy 4:1-5).
1. With a coming absence, I feel the vulnerability of Paul’s words to the Ephesian elders (Acts 20:29-31).
2. I don’t desire to be melodramatic (Psalms 31:22).
a. I do not think the wheels are going to come off the bus [so to speak. I do have some properly placed confidence in the congregation here (i.e. II Thessalonians 3:4).
b. I do not want this lesson to become about me (I Corinthians 3:5).
c. This lesson is because I know bad things can happen quickly (Galatians 1:6-7).
3. Therefore, in my absence, I ask you to be prepared to stand (Philippians 4:1).
II. Body: The Righteous Are Bold As A Lion (Proverbs 28:1).
A. First things first, what does the word translated “bold” in Proverbs 28:1 mean?
1. Defined: “to trust, trust in, to have confidence, be confident, to be bold, to be secure” (Strong’s # 982).
2. It is translated as: “trust” (@103x), “confidence” (@4x), “secure” (@4x), “confident” (@2x), “bold” (@1x), “careless” (@1x), “hope” (@1x), “hoped”, etc...
a. The kind of trust we are to have in God (Psalms 84:12).
b. This word is also used to show trust can be misplaced (Jeremiah 7:8).
3. What it does not mean is to be overly confident or carnally confident (Proverbs 14:16 and Philippians 3:3).
4. Nor does it mean we should put unwavering trust in others (Jeremiah 17:5-7).
5. What we can learn is that we can be a bold, trustworthy, faithful source of confidence; if the source is right (Psalms 119:42).
B. It is this confidence in which we must speak (Ephesians 6:19-20).
1. The world “boldly” in Ephesians 6:19 is also translated as “openly” (John 18:20), “freely” (Acts 2:29), “boldness” (Acts 4:1-13), “confidence” (Acts 28:31), and “plainness of speech” (II Corinthians 3:12).
2. We must be cautious with boldness. Being bold doesn’t always mean you’re right (Acts 18:24-28).
3. Real boldness exists even when our well-being can be compromised for doing the right thing (I Thessalonians 2:2-4).
C. We have to be ready to stand (Philippians 1:17).
1. We have to determine if the person causing you to have to stand needs taught (Proverbs 25:12) or exposed (Romans 16:17-18).
2. You cannot say or do nothing if the need to stand arises (Psalms 40:9-10, Proverbs 28:4, and Jude 1:3-4).
3. You cannot remain silent, even if other brethren do not stand with you (II Timothy 4:14-16).
III. Conclusion: In all things, STAND TOGETHER (Philippians 1:27).
© 2015 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager