Summary: Are you Ashamed of Jesus Christ?
Are you Ashamed of Jesus?
I'm going to start a small sermon series this morning on being Unashamed.
This week we are going to address the question," Are You ashamed of Jesus?" WE will learn, what that means and what that does to the Christian life. And next Week, we will learn and discuss, HOW NOT to let this happen.
So to get started, I'm going to ask you a question this morning, " Normally, I say, don't answer out loud, but you can answer out loud now if you want to, "Are YOU Ashamed of Jesus Christ?"
Everybody immediately said no. And that's wonderful and I hope that is true in your life. '
IN 2 Timothy 1 :6-18 Paul is writing a letter to Timothy. Paul nearing the end of his life wrote a letter of encouragement to Timothy. Paul had trainned Timothy to carry out his work in the ministry during his absence.
Now, Paul was a born again believer and Timothy was a born again believer. Two true Christian people with two very different personalities.
Paul was very bold, strong and dynamic for The Lord, where Timothy was a very good and faithful man , but was timid and scared at times.
Therefore Paul encourages Timothy in this epistle to stand strong, be bold, do not be timid when working for The Lord.
Paul actually tells Timothy in vs. 8 Do Not Be Ashamed of the testimony of our Lord.
Your question was posed to you already this morning , Are you ashamed of the testimony of your Lord, Jesus Christ?
But before you answer that question again, let's examine , first the definition of NOT Being Ashamed of Christ
Not being ashamed of Christ is having the courage and boldness to speak for Christ at every opportunity, no matter what the cost might be.
Is that you?
So, here's the sad fact about most Christians, When I posed the question in the beginning of this message, everyone answered NO, Of course I'm not ashamed of My Savior.
But many of us do not truly fit the definition above, of having the courage to speak His name anywhere with courage and boldness. So which is it, are you ashamed of Jesus or Not?
The reason many Christians , Sometimes are ashamed of Christ is this,
And I believe all of us have occassions when we are afraid to speak of Christ or be identified with Him. In some cases it's the result of severe persecution, such as Timothy was facing. But most often it is simply because, " the fear of man brings a snare, Accoriding to Proverbes. 29:25.
Often times, we fear what others might say about us or how they will react to us if we're outspoken for Christ.
Sometimes we are afraid or embarassed we won't have the right words to say. At other times the sin in our lives leads us to be silent out of fear that someone will confront our hypocrisy. In some cases our job or reputation will be jeopardized if we identify with Christ. But if we are going to be successful in serving the Lord, we have to conquer our fear and our shame.
Now so far, I'm receiving two reactions. One group is being honest with themselves, saying, maybe I am ashamed to associate or identify myself with Christ at times.