Tag Archive | I am not ashamed of the Gospel

I Corinthians 15:1 ” Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.”

The Apostle Paul was telling the Church in Corinth to focus on the Gospel Message, not on the person that had presented it. There was disunity and infighting in the Church depending on who they had heard the Gospel from…Paul or Apollos.  Paul wanted them to move on from that and rather center their minds on the Good News of Jesus…not on man.  For too many times we can get caught up by a dynamic, charismatic personality and end up following the person… not Jesus.  For if you think about it,  the Gospel Message doesn’t need theatrics or drama for it to be powerful and life-changing.  All it needs is an obedient soul sharing its story.

Matthew 28: 18-19 ” Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘ All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…’ “

This week our Bible Study Group wrestled with this verse…The Great Commission, and with Evangelism.  While we all agreed that Christians everywhere are called to share the Good News of the Gospel with others…we also readily acknowledged the intimidation it can bring.  So why are so many of us uncomfortable to evangelize?  Let’s look at it from a completely different perspective…so forget yourself and your hangups, and think of it from the other person’s view.  Imagine you are a beggar telling another starving beggar where they can go and find bread…you wouldn’t have a problem with that, right?    You’d be happy to share that information so they might eat and live.  And that fellow beggar would be appreciative of your actions simply because you hadn’t hoarded or hidden the source from him.  Telling others about Jesus should be just as easy.  For we should be eager to share good news.

I Corinthians 9:22 ” I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”

The content of the Gospel Message…the Good News of Jesus doesn’t change.  What does change when you share it with others is the context and circumstances surrounding it.  When people see you going through difficult times with grace and peace…they’ll be very curious.  They’ll be watching you and wondering where you get your strength and hope.  It’s then that you can share the Gospel Message through your personal struggle… which can only have an tremendously powerful impact on the listener.

Philippians 1:27 ” Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”

Paul is thought to have written this letter to the Philippians during his first Roman imprisonment.  He wanted them to be encouraged whether they ever saw him again or not.  Paul especially exhorted them to stand firm in one spirit…something that the modern-day Church should take heed of.  When there is infighting, discord, and division,  the Church cannot function as it should.  For when we are not standing firmly together in unity…contending for the Gospel as one…the message of Salvation through Jesus Christ is lost in the muck and mire and turmoil within the Church walls.  Paul reminds the Philippians, and us, to lead our lives in a manner deserving of the Gospel of Peace.

I Corinthians 4:4 ” My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.”

Paul is admitting here that even the lack of self-awareness of any negligence on his part doesn’t prove his faithfulness and obedience to God…for only God can judge.  As Believers we are all held accountable to…responsible for…and entrusted with the Gospel Message.  To paraphrase II Corinthians 10:18,  We can’t just hear the Word to be in right standing with God…we must obey it.  And in the end, we will all stand before the Judgment Seat of our Lord.

I Corinthians 9:22 “…I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”

Here the Apostle Paul was showing that he sought to find common ground with whoever he met…whether Jew, Christian, slave, master, weak, or strong in the faith…in order  to preach the Gospel to all.  Unfortunately as a people, we generally  look for petty differences and disagreements than seek out things that we share.  But if we would take the time to think about it, we have much more in common with each other than we can disagree about.  Finding common ground with one another can also be easier if we ask ourselves this question first…In the eternal scheme of things, does this matter?  Sure, there’s some non-negotiables…but really, the vast majority of stuff we fight about makes no difference at all.

II Timothy 1:8 ” So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord…”

Do the people around you even know you’re a Christian?   ” I’ll let my walk do the talking,” you might be saying to yourself right now.  But do you know how many “good” people don’t know Jesus and are going to hell?  To paraphrase Jesus in Mark 8:38, If you’re ashamed of Me, I’ll be ashamed of you.  Why should we be embarrassed to tell others what Jesus has done in our lives?  Our testimony…or our personal story of redemption needs to be something we’re so comfortable  telling others about  that it flows naturally like breathing.  No one can take your testimony from you…it’s totally unique and the supernatural power it has can melt hardened hearts.  Someone around you today needs to hear your testimony…it will change their life forever.  Be brave and declare Jesus as your Lord and Savior.