CONFIDENT CHRISTIANITY

(A complete study that I used in Sunday School)

                                 

·       Name some confident people you have known in your lifetime.

·       What makes some Christians more confident than others?

·       What are some things that rob Christians of their confidence?

·       The words “confident” and “confidence” appear several times in the Bible. They remind us that God wants us to be confident, not in our own strength, but in His.

A CONFIDENT HOPE

 

Psalm 27:1-3 - The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? [2] When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. [3] Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

·       Vs. 3 reads this way in the NASB - …in spite of this I shall be confident.”

·       What are three things mentioned in verse 1 that help a Christian feel confident.  Why do they make us feel confident?

A CONFIDENT ANTICIPATION

 

2 Corinthians 5:6-10Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: [7] (For we walk by faith, not by sight.) [8] We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. [9] Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. [10] For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

·       What do you think it means that we are “absent from the Lord”?  How does this make us feel confident?

·       Was Paul giving up on life when he said that he was willing to be absent from the body and present with the Lord? Explain.

·       What should motivate us to behavior that is acceptable to the Lord, and why?

CONFIDENT MINISTRY

 

Acts 28:31 - Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

·       What made Paul confident in his preaching?  See 1 Corinthians 1:18, 2:1-5

CONFIDENT ACCESS

 

Ephesians 3:12 - In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

·       Why are we able to have boldness before God when we pray?

·       Why is having access to God such an amazing thing?  See Hebrews 4:15-16

CONFIDENT TRUST

 

Philippians 1:6 - Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

 

2 Thessalonians 3:4 - And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.

·       What was Paul confident about in these verses?

·       What made Paul confident?

·       How is Philippians 1:6 a comfort when we think of the many spiritual difficulties that we and other Christians face.

CONFIDENT ENDURANCE

 

Hebrews 3:14 - For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

·       Is this verse teaching that we can lose our salvation? Explain.

 

Hebrews 10:35 - Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.

·       How will our confidence be rewarded?

CONFIDENT APPEARANCE

 

1 John 2:28 - And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

 

·       How will abiding in Christ affect our appearance before Christ at His coming?

·       Why will it be a shame if we are ashamed at His coming?

CONFIDENT PRAYER

1 John 5:14-15 - And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

 

·       What prayer lessons do you see in these verses?

·       Why is faith or confidence such a big issue with God when it comes to prayer?

 

Mark 11:22-24 - And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. [23] For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. [24] Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

 

 

 

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