Summary: Boldness with the Gospel
I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL
In order to understand all that is meant by this statement you must look into the Context and background of this chapter here
The Jews had cast Paul off, and regarded him as an apostate
By the wise among the Gentiles he had been persecuted, and despised, and driven from place to place, and regarded as the filth of the world according to 1Co 4:13
But still he was not ashamed of the gospel.
He had so firm a conviction of its value and its truth; He was not Ashamed
He had experienced so much of its consolations, He was not Ashamed
He had seen so much of its effectiveness, that he was so far from being ashamed of it that he gloried in it as the power of God unto salvation.
THERE IS A LOT TO BE ASHAMED FOR IN THIS WORLD
IT SEEMS LIKE NOTHING MAKES MEN BLUSH ANY MORE
A MAN WHO IS A RAPIST – SHOULD BE ASHAMED
THE DRUNKARDS & DOPEHEADS – Wallowing around like wild
animals – SHOULD BE ASHAMED
The Theif who would take everything you’ve got and let your children go hungry – SHOULD BE ASHAMED
LYING POLITICIANS – SHOULD BE ASHAMED
GOSSIPERS AND BACKBITERS – SHOULD BE ASHAMED
The Doctor who would Murder and Unborn Baby – OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED
A Harlot who has no self respect and no respect for the “Sanctity of Marriage - SHOULD BE ASHAMED
Any Scoundrel who would take advantage of a young child and molest them -- SHOULD BE ASHAMED AND OBLITERATED!!!
Men should be ashamed for Crime and Folly
They should be ashamed of their own offences, and of the follies of
their conduct, when they come to reflect on it.
But we should never be ashamed of that which we feel to be right, and of that which we know will contribute to the benefit of our fellow-men.
These are the views of Paul about the gospel; and it is one of his favorite doctrines that they who believe on Christ shall not be ashamed
IF YOU ARE SAVED – YOU SHOULD NOT BE ASHAMED OF IT
Ro 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Ro 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
2Co 7:14 For if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed;
but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found a truth.
2Ti 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
Php 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
SOME SITTING IN OUR CHURCHES USED TO DO SOME TERRIBLE THINGS AND THEY DID THEM UNASHAMEDLY
Some Folks did them Flagrantly, Brazenly & Deliberately
MANY IN THE CHURCH WERE BLATANT SINNERS
MANY IN THE FAMILY OF GOD WERE BOLD SINNERS
BUT ONCE THEY GET SAVED – THEY SIT
THEY DO NOTHING
THEY SAY NOTHING THEY LOSE THEIR BOLDNESS
I’D HATE TO THINK I WAS A BETTER SOLDIER FOR SATAN THAN I AM A SOLDIER OF THE CROSS!!!
If there was ever a Bold Sinner – It was Paul
He was a Murderer of the Christians
He was a Persecutor of the Church
He had an all out war Going against the Early Church
BUT WHEN HE GOT SAVED – HE KEPT UP THE FIGHT – HE JUST CHANGED SIDES
AND HE SAID HERE “I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL!!!”
Paul had Preached in Tarsus – Where he was Born
Paul had Preached in Jerusalem – The Holy CityIn Damascus – the World’s Oldest City
In Antioch – the Golden City on the Orontes River
He had Preached in Ephesus – Where the World’s Most Magnificent Temple Stood – The Temple of Diana
In Athens – The City of the Mind and Home of the Philosophers
And when he wrote the Roman Letter that we are in this morning he was preaching in Corinth the Metropolis of Greece