We all know what it is to be embarrassed — or to be ashamed. What would keep you from being embarrassed or ashamed in situations like that? Well, one answer would be that stronger legs would have kept you from losing the race and being put to shame by the new skinny guy. And a more honest dad would not have embezzled, so you wouldn’t be ashamed of him. And with better counsel from your friend you wouldn’t have dressed all wrong for the party. And better nerves in front of a group would have let you remember your lines and speak them with excellence. In other words, you could avoid being ashamed if you and your family and friends could always keep yourselves in the best light and never let anyone feel negative things about you.
Now when Paul says in Romans 1:16 that he is “not ashamed of the gospel,” is this what keeps him from being ashamed? Does he escape being ashamed because he keeps himself in the best light? No. Exactly the opposite. Believing and preaching the gospel constantly put Paul in a bad light. It constantly stirred up other people to shame Paul. He gives us a list of ways that he was shamed in the ministry of the gospel (in 2 Corinthians 11:23–26).
***What happened on Oct 31, 1517? We as Christians should know that this is a day not just about “fun” but about what happened in a German Monk’s life that would ultimately alter not only his life but the life of the church from that point forward. So let’s step away from Halloween and learn about the courage of one German Monk named Martin Luther.
Luther had been searching for peace and digesting the book of Romans in preparation for his class he was teaching. He read “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes,” [Rom 1:16] It was his “light bulb” moment. He realized that salvation could not be purchased; indulgences sold by the church were not a “get out of hell card free.” He gathered his courage and wrote about this transformation that had changed his life forever! He wanted the world to know this marvelous truth as well as the church’s wrong teaching about salvation.
“I am not ashamed” — “in spite of all the cultured Greeks who mock me as preaching foolishness and all the unbelieving Jews who deride me as preaching a false Christ — I am not ashamed of this gospel. Why? ‘For it is the power of God unto salvation.’”
Four Reasons Why We Should not be Ashamed of the Gospel
1. The first reason why we should not be ashamed of the gospel is the meaning of the word gospel itself. It means good news. It is good news about what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.
2.The second reason why we should not be ashamed of the gospel is that it is about salvation meaning that God has intervened to rescue us through the work of his divine Son, Jesus Christ. He reconciled us to himself, bearing our sins in his own body on the cross.
3. The third reason why Paul was not ashamed of the gospel is because it is powerful. It is important for us to understand that the means by which God accomplishes salvation in those who are being saved.
4. The fourth reason why Paul was not ashamed of this gospel is that it is a gospel for everyone ¡V everyone who believes.
Are you ashamed of the gospel of Christ? You may be, if you are not…Doing anything to share the gospel yourself. Involved in helping others to spread the gospel
You have no reason to be ashamed, it is still the same gospel! With power to save the souls of men. Revealing the wonderful righteousness of God to save men
“The gospel of Christ alone is the power of God unto salvation.”