Do you find yourself hesitant to share your faith with the people around you? Do you get flustered when asked about what you believe or your opinion on religious matters? Many Christians find themselves in this condition. I believe that the answer is found in Scripture.
In the past I posted about the power of God. I defined it as the ability to produce change in the life of the believer. This access to the life-changing power of God is vital to see the move of the Spirit in our lives and churches.
There is, however, an important ingredient that we very often trip over. I am talking about the Gospel. This is something that’s very misunderstood among Christians. It’s extremely important to see the Gospel for what it is because it directly relates to the power of God. I want to take a few posts to look at these factors.
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
We probably all know by now that the word Gospel in the Bible is a Greek word that literally means the Good News. What is this Good News? According to the verse above, it’s the power of God to save everyone. That’s the Good News in a nutshell. God is powerful enough to save all who come to Him.
Because of this truth, Paul wrote, “I am not ashamed” of this Good News. But that statement leads us to a thought provoking question. If I am ashamed of it, is it really the Gospel?
Think about this illustration for a moment. You were just promoted to Vice President of your company and your salary was doubled. Would you be too ashamed to tell anyone about that good news? If you had just won a new car, would you be too ashamed to speak about that?
When it comes to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I have to ask, what is it that we’re ashamed of and why? Is it even the Good News that we’re talking about? These are the issues I want to deal with over the next few posts.
My goal is to make you hungry for the true Gospel. It really is the power of God to save those who believe it. It carries with it the life-changing ability of God. If we could only understand the truth about this Good News it would change the way we approach the world.
Question: Why do you think we get uneasy sharing our faith with others?