Summary: God has called us to live unashamed lives as followers of Jesus.
THE BEST SUMMER EVER
1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel
• UNASHAMED MAN (1)
2 which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, 3 concerning
His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the
flesh, 4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of
holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. 5 Through Him we have received grace and
apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, 6 among whom
you also are the called of Jesus Christ; 7 To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called
to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
• UNASHAMED MESSAGE (2-6)
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of
throughout the whole world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the
gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers,
10 making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to
come to you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so
that you may be established— 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by
the mutual faith both of you and me.
• UNASHAMED MINISTRY
13 Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you
(but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as
among the other Gentiles. 14 I am a debtor both to Greeks & to barbarians, both to wise
and to unwise. 15 So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who
are in Rome also. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of
God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first & also for the Greek. 17 For
in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just
shall live by faith.”
TRANSCRIPT (Note all content is primarily from personal study. No plagiarism is intended of any kind.)
Sundays look very different for me now that I preach but growing up Sunday afternoon was time after lunch we’d all get together & play some type of sport. If we had enough people we’d get out in cow pasture & play football. Now for those of you who have never played football in a cow pasture, it brought a whole new dimension to being tackled. Let us just say when you hit the ground the worst part wasn’t the pain it was what was on you after the tackle. One Sunday evening all us boys got down there in the field to play football. We had chosen teams and were about to start the game when someone asks who’s got the ball. We all looked around & no one had brought a ball. They all thought the other one would do it. Let me tell you if there no football there is no football. Nothing works unless you have a ball. First downs are measured by where the ball stops. Touchdowns are made by ball crossing goal line. Offense & Defense line up on each side of the ball. An Incomplete pass is determined by whether or not caught the ball. You can have all the other stuff but no ball & there is no game. You can have all the right equipment. You can have a stadium. You can have a scoreboard. You can have cheerleaders but if don’t have a ball there is no game.
<><As Christians it possible have all the stuff right. Go to the right church, carry the right Bible, say the right words, & wear the right clothes & still not have the one thing that makes Christianity what it is. If you don’t have Christ & the gospel then everything else doesn’t matter.
TS—Today we start a series on the book of Romans. We are going to walk through this book verse by verse. This magnificent letter is the Centerpiece of NT & doctrine. I’m doing this series on faith because I don’t have the confidence in myself to pull this off.
In today's message, we’re going to look at the first 17 verses. The Title of my message today is UNASHAMED. We live in a culture that shames you if don’t go with culture. God has called us to live a life unashamed of Gospel & Christ.