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Christian and God Pleasing Courage

We are in pursuit of courageous lives lived for God’s glory. Too many times our choices or lack thereof are impacted by a lack of courage. There is a ton of great teaching about faith, but faith without courage is impotent. As you study this lesson with us this week, may you develop Christian and God pleasing courage.

Whatever It Takes: Courage 2

Setting the stage for our conversation today.
1. All humans have the capacity for courage.
2. All religions (to my knowledge) honor courage.
3. In the Bible, courage appears to be something for which humans are responsible.
4. Courage is not shown as a gift from God but as an internal human process.

Is all courage morally equal?

What if…
1. The courageous Muslim soldier is fighting against a courageous Christian soldier?
2. One is sinning courageously?

There is, clearly, a courage that does not please God.

Our goal is to join the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:20 by living, without the shame of cowardice, and with the joy of full courage. Is there a specific Christian, God pleasing courage? I believe the answer is yes.

Christian and God pleasing courage is:
1. Courage that is taken from the voice of God to you (this must align with written revelation in the Bible). 2 Samuel 7:27
2. Courage taken because of what God has said he will do to that which threatens you. Joshua 10:25
3. Courage that is anchored in “observing” God’s statutes and rules. {Obedience to God). 1 Chronicles 22:13
4. Courage connected to the presence of God. 1 Chronicles 28:20, Acts 23:11
5. Courage that is aware of God’s perspective of spiritual warfare. 2 Chronicles 32:7
6. Courage taken from the voice of God to your trusted God pleasing mentors. Deuteronomy 31:7
7. Courage that trusts the wisdom and providence of God (that God will do what He knows is best). 2 Samuel 10:12

Christian and God pleasing courage is taking God honoring action regardless of the pain, grief, embarrassment, or cost of that action.

MCA Church LIFE Groups

Getting to Know You

1. Have you ever had a strange food encounter? If so, what food most required you to have courage to eat?

2. People all have different preferences about how much they share with other folks. Where would you put yourself on the sharing continuum below?


Too much too soon Too little for people to know me

Digging Deeper

1. Christian courage is essential for an effective, God pleasing life. How could you make your LIFE Group a safe place to talk about those things that are challenging your courage? Romans 12:10, Hebrews 3:13, Ephesians 4:29

2. Often one’s lack of courage leads to sin, hurting people they love, continued addiction, and the loss of the joy that would come from a courageous victory. How would you respond to someone in your group if they said, “I just don’t have the courage to ….”

3. In Matthew 26:36-46 we see Jesus struggling to find courage. What do you learn about courage in this passage?

Taking It Home

1. Looking back on this weeks teaching and study, what is the most important thing to remember?
2. Do you have any prayer requests you would like to share with your group?
3. Please pray for MCA Church’s upcoming Global Outreach Convention.

Posted on 22nd September 2013 in Weekend Talks  •  1 comment

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  1. Brett Durant

    September 23, 2013

    Hi Pastor Kent,

    My family and I had an experience about two weeks ago where an aboriginal couple who we are discipling had an argument which led to the wife walking up to the church and asking Val if I could go and speak to her husband as she was frightened.We have them living on site with us in a caravan(trailer). I went looking for the man but could not find him on returning to the church building I was met by my youngest daughter, Kacie who ran to me saying dad come quick. As I entered the church my wife and the man’s wife were standing to one side, while the man was standing not far from them holding a knife to his throat.I was shocked but remained calm and spoke with the husband and wife. Things were not settling down so I tried to get him away from the others and sit down and talk with him outside, all the while he was threatening with the knife.As we headed to the door he kept saying to me don’t come near me, don’ touch me. I assured him I would not. As soon as we got outside the church he ran and started to laugh saying that he was on his turf now come and get him. At that point fear came on me, I had been so shocked by the whole scenario that I didn’t pick up on a demonic influence but was simply in survival/protection mode. At that point I remember hearing Val speaking loudly in tongues somewhere behind me in the church. In shock and fear I didn’t know what to pray but I prayed in tongues and spoke the name of Jesus and asked for his protection. As the man came towards me the demon spirit asked me in an audible voice if I wanted this man and who was I. On hearing this I replied to the man you know me Brian I am your pastor. With that he proceeded to dig the knife into his skin and cause himself to bleed.As he came towards me I had this thought in my mind this is gonna hurt, feeling the knife stab me. But as he came towards me I grabbed at the knife held at his throat and in that split second the awesome power of God laid him out cold on the cement. I was amazed, relieved and thanked God all at the same time for his protection and grace. Val had called the police and they turned up just after this had happened. I was still praying with this man who was out cold lying on the cement they walked past me to talk with Val and later came out to take our friend to the hospital. While the police were inside, all of a sudden he sat up and asked where he was and what had happened, I was able to talk with him for a bit and encourage him to turn from his old ways and follow Jesus with all his heart. Both he and his wife are coming to every meeting and change is happening bit by bit. Thank you Jesus!

    I share this testimony to say in my weakness He is strong. My courage is found in Him, my life is in his hands. You know the thing that stuck in my mind after this event was the demonic statement “who are you?” I thought about that scripture, you know the one, Jesus I know Paul I know but who are you? You know the enemy wants to bring doubt and fear to our hearts and minds. This spirit knew who I was, early in the piece he was telling me not to come near him. We as Christians don’t stand alone but our mighty captain stands with us holding his sword saying I am with you, I will never leave you nor forsake you, we are His most precious possessions.