Summary: How to be unashamed of Jesus Christ.
How to Be Unashamed
Last week we addressed the question, Am I ashamed of Jesus? Are you a Christian that is not afraid to associate
your name and your life, with the name and life of Jesus Christ? Do you openly speak the name of Jesus to others, in
spite of worldly pressure not too, in spite of what others may think about you? Because if you do not, in essence you
are saying, I'm ashamed of MY Savior. I'm ashamed to associate myself with Jesus publically.
Unfortunately, this is very common amongst Christian people today.
This morning, we're going to continue this series, by addressing the topic of NOT being ashamed of Jesus
Christ. Open Your Bible's to 2 Timothy 1:6
In this one verse, Paul is exhorting Timothy to focus on the reason for his existence.
Right now, God is telling you that exact thing, Remember the reason I created you and placed you on earth. What
is your Purpose? IF you're here this morning and you're not saved, if you've never accepted Jesus as your Savior,
God created you to chose Him and until you do, you will have no defined purpose in your life.
If you have already accepted Jesus as your Savior, God is asking you this morning, What is the reason for
your existence, Not as a mom or a dad, child or grandparent, But as a Child of God's, As a Christian, what's your
puropose? How many people accept Jesus as their Savior and then say, "NOW WHAT?"
When you accepted Jesus as your Savior, many things happened. One thing that happened is that God
redeemed you, meaning He gave your life meanning, He made your life have value, He made your life have
purpose. That purpose is to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ and live for His glory, through the working power
of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, being ashamed of Jesus strikes a blow at the root of our being and cripples our
effectiveness as a child of the Most High God.
Paul is reminding Timothy here in vs. 6 to renew the Gift that God had given him.
And like Timothy, we sometimes need to renew our commitment to use the gift or gifts we've been given. And if
we neglect our spiritual responsibilities, we have lost sight of our purpose.
We are not told what Timothy's gift is here in this verse but obviously Timothy had the gift to preach, teach, lead and
evangelize and Paul is reminding Timothy here, Start using those God given Gifts for God's Glory and Honor.
In your life, Christian, God gave you a gift at the moment of your salvation. A gift of Grace from God Almighty,
You didn't earn it, you can't gain it, you cannot seek it and you and I certainly do not deserve it.
But God in His Grace and Perfection bestows every child of His with a spiritual gift to minister within His church.
Let me explain. Romans 8:9 says, at the moment of your salvation, you received the Holy Spirit.
1 Cor 12:13 says, you were then placed into the ONE Body of Christ and 1 Cor 12:11 says And you were gifted
by the Spirit to minister within the church.
Now, the big question from every Christian is, "What is MY Gift"
Here's what we have to understand about God's Gifts. Every Gift of God given to one of His Children is for the
edification, which means the building or lifting up of the church.
Flip your Bible's over to 1 Cor. 12:4-13 and read.
Here in this portion of Scripture, Paul is addressing the Corinthian church body. A church body that was abusing
many things within the church. A church that was very prideful, very vain and they were a church not walking in unity,
and they were actually divided.
vs. 4 we see, there are different gifts, all from ONE Spirit, the Spirit of God.
vs. 5-6 we see there are different jobs and responsibilities with in the church body, but there is only ONE God
that makes us able to perform those jobs.
vs. 7, But the manifestation, or the revealing of the HOLY SPIRIT, through YOU, in the church is to be profitable
to everyone. Keep that in mind, when you hear people talk about certain gifts today. Who is being profited? Them
or the entire church? Because God's Word says, the entire church is to be profited through His Gifts.
now in vs 8-10 Paul lists some of the gifts.
and in vs. 11 we are told that the Holy Spirit gives out those gifts to God's true believers, as He sees fit.
Quickly, I have to address, the gift of tongues because it is the most abused, Today, you have church after