What is Biblical Courage?
Original Word: τολμάω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (tol-mah’-o)
tolmáō (from tolma, “bold courage”) – properly, to show daring courage
necessary for a valid risk (“putting it all on the line”); courageously venture
forward by putting fear behind and embracing the fruit that lies ahead for taking
a necessary risk.
COURAGE, n. L., the heart. Bravery; intrepidity; that quality of mind which enables men to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness, or without fear or depression of spirits; valor; boldness; resolution. It is a constituent part of fortitude; but fortitude implies patience to bear continued suffering
Antonym: cowardice, fear, shrink back, irresolution, faintheartedness, etc
Then everyone deserted him and fled.(the disciples)- Mark 14:50 (Peter’s rebuke)
How do We See Jesus’ Courage?
- Spiritual Courage to stand against Satan (Matthew 4-11, 10)
- Mental Courage to stand and endure injustice (Matt. 26:57-68)
- Verbal Courage to speak to the good news to hostile crowds (Luke 12:1)
Biblical Passages that show Jesus’ Courage
Courage of the Apostles
- The courage to preach despised truths!
- The courage to preach the whole counsel of God
- The courage to stand in the midst of persecution
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
Acts 4:13 NIV
When Christ is formed in us, people see that we have been with Jesus.
Christ Formed In Us
Discussion Point: If Christ’s Courage was completely formed in you, when stepped out of bed tomorrow morning, what would you notice different about your day and your interactions? (family, wife, kids, church, co-workers, neighbors, strangers, etc)
What hinders you from having Christ’s courage formed completely in you?
Pray that Christ’s Courage is Formed In You
Caution: As you pray to have Jesus’ courage formed in you, God will put you in situations that require you to have Christ’s courage. If there are times that you shrink back, do not lose heart. Pray and embrace the next opportunity with determination.