Summary: This sermon is intended to encourage church people to share their faith/story with others
Romans 1:16-17 – The Message for Outreach
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
ALL of us have a story… one that matters. If you are a Christian, if you know Jesus personally - you have an important message people need to hear. One of forgiveness… new life ...hope.
Yours might have started long ago… when you were too young to remember all the details, but what Jesus did for you has shaped you into the person you are today - from the choices you’ve made - to the manner in which you’ve conducted business and raised your family… your character.
Yours might have begun only recently - and the memory of your radical transformation is still fresh. While you are FAR from perfect, you probably wonder… “WHAT was I WAITING for???”
If we had time, I’d bet we could hear some pretty awesome stories in this church.
Some could tell how their marriage was all but dead, but in a moment of complete and utter desperation, you invited God to take control… and He ⇒ changed your lives!
Some could tell of addiction and shame, and we’d be amazed at how far you’ve come in your walk with Christ. You are so CLEARLY not that person anymore!
ALL of us - have a story - a message.
One that must be SHARED
As Paul thought of what he’d say to a Church he had never met, the Church at Rome, I doubt his goal was writing the magnum opus of Christianity. Oh, I’m pretty confident he had an outline of the significant topics he wanted to address - but I doubt he understood that his letter to the Romans would become one of the most significant works on Biblical Christianity EVER written.
He just shared ⇒ his story.
And THIS is how he began:
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
In just two short verses, Paul offers a summary of everything he would say in the following 433 verses - 7,111 words that make up the Book of Romans.
But these aren’t just words about HIS story… no, there are 3 truths here that we need to remember as we consider sharing our story with lost friends and loved ones:
1. First, Paul speaks of the Supremacy of the Gospel. The Gospel has NO rivals. He said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ…” Though the Gospel be attacked by intellectuals and mocked by sinners, He was NOT ashamed.
Paul’s desire to share the gospel was met by three challenging cultural influences:
Jerusalem, representing religious dogma. Paul’s world was NOT anti-religion. To the contrary, it was inundated with it. They saw no need for another story.