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Moral Courage. Mark 8:34-38 2 Peter 1:5. Moral Courage. 2 Peter 1:5 (virtue): “Moral excellence” (courage) to stand for what is right against all opposition and every adversity Blessed by God, Matt 5:10-12 Invaluable to faith : Without moral courage faith will weaken, falter and fail

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moral courage

Moral Courage

Mark 8:34-38

2 Peter 1:5

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Moral Courage
  • 2 Peter 1:5 (virtue): “Moral excellence” (courage) to stand for what is right against all opposition and every adversity
  • Blessed by God, Matt 5:10-12
    • Invaluable to faith: Without moral courage faith will weaken, falter and fail
    • Courageous raised to glory, Rev 6:9-11; 20:4
  • Spiritual backbone, 1 Cor 16:13
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Moral Cowardice
  • PILATE: Failed to use his authority to exercise justice
    • Moral cowardice knows the right thing to do but does not do it, Luke 23:4, 14-15, 22, 20
      • EVIL PREVAILS! Lk 23:23-25 (Jas 4:17)
    • Moral cowardice tries to justify itself before its peers, Matt 27:24
      • GOD IS NOT CONVINCED!
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Moral Cowardice
  • PETER: Knew the truth but failed to acknowledge (confess) it
    • Moral cowardice values personal safety over the truth, Matt 26:69-75
      • Selfish fear leads to lying
    • Moral cowardice fears the consequences of standing for the truth, Gal 2:11-14 (Jno 12:42-43)
      • Afraid of unfavorable reactions
      • Wrong priorities (Matt 10:28)
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Moral Courage
  • PAUL: A man who publicly resisted public sin, Gal 2:11, 14
    • Moral courage is public about its faith
      • Takes a public stand when the truth is publicly violated (sin)
      • Outnumbered but did not retreat
      • Truth and souls were at stake
      • GOAL: Gospel will prevail so souls can be saved, Gal 2:3-5
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Moral Courage
  • DANIEL AND COMPANIONS: Commitment to the true God
    • Moral courage requires purpose and purity of heart, Dan 1:8
    • Moral courage trusts in God, Dan 3:16-18
      • Confident of deliverance, 3:17 (24-27)
      • Trust in and serve God only, 3:18
    • Moral courage will not compromise with sin, Dan 6:7-10, 23 (Acts 5:29)
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We Need Moral Courage
  • Christians with the courage to suffer isolation because of their moral purity, 1 Pet 4:3-5 (1 Tim 4:12; 2 Tim 2:22)
    • Christians are tempted to conform to the world
      • Distinct morality is a great example, 1 Pet 2:11-12
      • May be rejected/opposed, 1 Pet 4:4
      • Keep your moral courage and you will be blessed by God
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We Need Moral Courage
  • Preachers, with the courage to preach the truth that needs to be heard, 2 Tim 4:1-5
    • Not silence for the sake of “peace” (so called), or for relationships or being ”cast out of the synagogue”
    • Preach to the need of the moment, Acts 2:23, 36; 24:25 (2 Tim 4:2)
      • PURPOSE: To save souls, Acts 4:17-20
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We Need Moral Courage
  • To confess Jesus Christ in our lives without shame, Mark 8:38
    • To become a Christian, Acts 2:37-41
    • To live faithfully, 2 Cor 5:7
    • To teach the gospel, Rom 1:15-16
    • To be a godly example, Matt 5:13-16
  • “add to your faith, virtue”
  • (2 Peter 1:5)
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