UNASHAMED Of The Gospel Of Jesus Christ!

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Romans 1:16 (NIV) “For I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes."

Dude, have you ever felt pressured to be ashamed (silenced) by the world, regarding your faith in Jesus?  I know I have.  That pressure seems to be growing in our country. Paul’s words should ENCOURAGE us. The word “encourage” literally means to “pour courage into.”  

Paul served Christ in a pagan culture where standing up for Jesus as The One & Only, EXCLUSIVE Lord & Savior was seen as intensely POLITICALLY, SOCIALLY, RELIGIOUSLY (etc.) INCORRECT and OFFENSIVE. And yet, Paul, BOLDLY stoop up and proclaimed, “I am no ashamed of the gospel!” 

The word GOSPEL is not a “Christian word”.  It was a common word in the first century.  It means Good News and it was specifically used to describe an announcement of victory over an enemy.  For example--if Caesar conquered and enemy and liberated a group of people---He would send out a herald to announce HIS GOSPEL (good news of liberation) to the people! 

THE GOSPEL of Jesus Christ--is just that--An Announcement of the GOOD NEWS that God, through Jesus has crushed the head of Satan.  He has CONQUERED death, hell and sin for all who will receive Him as Lord and Savior!  It’s the BEST Good News (gospel) EVER!  

So, Paul says, “No way, I will NEVER be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus-----BECAUSE---It is THE POWER OF GOD that brings salvation to everyone who believes!” 

Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV) “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” 

Friend, I just want to ENCOURAGE you today, be bold!  Live unashamed BRIGHT & SALTY lives for Jesus today--and every day!

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