BOLD 4:31 OVERVIEW
Acts 4:31 (NIV) After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
During the 31 days of March 2018, the Hampton Roads Church, as it continues its study of the Book of Acts, will encounter first century brothers and sisters at their finest in these next chapters (specifically, chapters 4 and 5). Their faith, gratitude, humility, and unity will compel them to proclaim the power of Jesus throughout the intimidating Temple courts and throughout the land. In the name of Jesus, they will bring salvation, joy, peace, and purpose to countless lives. They will also be rejected, threatened, flogged, and imprisoned for their zealous allegiance to Jesus. Undaunted, they will repeatedly band together, pray for boldness, and return to preach Jesus with Holy Spirit power.
BOLD 4:31 is our united effort to "not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says" (James 1:22, Acts 3:22). Pharisees are built by studying the Word without inviting the Word to influence one's soul and one's walk. Instead, we will strive to respond to the Spirit's call as these first century brothers and sisters did. Join us as we pursue discipleship of Jesus in community, reliant on prayer, by the Spirit's power, and without fleshly inhibition.
To prepare, we will consecrate ourselves via a three day fast from media and meals. During this time of consecration, contemplate Jesus: His power, His plan, and His promises (see the Boldly Know Bank for thought starters).
As we engage in BOLD 4:31, we will take on three challenges each week to BOLDLY BOW, BOLDLY KNOW, and BOLDLY GO. Let's do nothing without prayer and nothing without a reliance upon the power of the Holy Spirit (BOLDLY BOW). Before we BOLDLY GO, it's vital to BOLDLY KNOW. In other words, Identity drives Duty (not the other way around). We love, because He first loved us (1John 4:19). We work, because we are already His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10). We endure dishonor, because we are already honored. We do right, because we are already the righteousness of Christ (2Corinthians 5:21). And we now strive boldly, because we are already a bold statement of the redemptive power of Jesus.
Will you be bold for Jesus?
Will you be Bold for 31?
Pray every day this March at 4:31PM (or AM) with boldness (Luke 11:1-13, Heb 4:16, Eph 3:12-21) and faith (Mark 9:28-29; 11:22-24, James 5:13-16) for boldness, strength, harvest, and healing.
Boldly Know Scripture Bank (consider the implications and applications of these affirmations from Jesus)
John 14:3. John 14:7. John 14:12-14. John 14:15-16. John 14:20-21. John 15:5. John 15:16. John 15:19. John 16:22. John 20:29-31. John 21:25. Luke 24:45-49. Matthew 28:18-20. Acts 1:8
Acts 3:11-26 (February 27-March 3)
Each of the five passages from the Book of Acts aligns with the five weeks from February 25 to March 31. Each passage will include sermon audio on the passage, slides or notes, a Boldly Know Challenge and a Boldly Go Challenge.
Listen to everything Jesus tells you - consider carefully the ‘Boldly Know Bank.’ What happens when you listen to everything (3:22)?
Capture in a journal all that God can do through you for 31 days - share it with a brother/sister, pray for it together during our church’s 3 day fast.
Find more sermons on this passage as well as sermon slides and notes on our ACTS page.
Acts 4:1-12 (March 4-10)
Consider the truth that Jesus is the only way to be saved (4:12). What does that mean for you? What does it mean for all?
Look for a way to give God credit for a good thing in your life (4:10) in every conversation you have this week.
Acts 4:13-31 (March 11-17)
Marvel at the specific and undeniable evidence in your life that the Spirit has changed you (4:14).
As for us, we cannot help speaking about what He has done (4:20). Share your testimony every day this week with an invitation to study His Word.
OUTREACH BY BIBLE TALK
Acts 4:32-5:24 (March 18-24)
Meditate on all that is special about your new life in Christ and in the Body of Christ (4:32-35).
Be daring at daybreak (5:21). Each day, share your faith with the first person with whom you have a conversation after leaving your home.
Acts 5:25-42 (March 18-31)
Consider the fact that God is actively involved in our mission; therefore we cannot fail (5:39).
Fill Hampton Roads with teaching about Jesus (5:28). Invite at least one person in every place you go this week to Easter @HRC.