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Author: Ron Graham

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Word Study: Boldness

Word family: boldness, boldly.

Synonyms: Courage, confidence, fearlessness

Related ideas: Zeal, strength, fear, David and Goliath, Daniel in prayer

Definitions: Boldness is an attitude of strong confidence in God, such that godly things are said and done openly without fear of the consequences.

Greek References: παρρησια (parreesia) (literally "all speak") 3954 (Strong) cf 3956 pan, all and 4483 reo, spoken.


  Boldness in prayer

  • Hebrews 4:16 "...come boldly to the throne of grace..."
  • Hebrews 10:19 "...having boldness to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus..."
  • 1John 5:14 "...this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us"

  Boldness for the Judgment

  • 1John 2:28 "...when he appears we may have confidence and not be ashamed..."
  • 1John 4:17-18 "...boldness in the day of judgment... there is no fear in love..."

  Boldness in speaking God’s word

  • 1Thessalonians 2:2-4 "...we were bold in our God to speak the gospel to you..."
  • Acts 4:29-30 "...Lord grant to your servants that with all boldness they may speak your word..."
  • 2Corinthians 3:12 "...since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech..."
  • John 7:13 " man spoke openly..."

  Boldness in life and death

  • Philippians 1:20 "...with all boldness... Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or death."
  • Joshua 1:7 (read vv 1-9) "Only be strong and very courageous."

Comment: Boldness is not arrogance. With arrogance, the trust is in self. With boldness, the trust is in God.

Best lesson: The Three Words of Isaiah

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