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For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. Romans 1:16 NLT

When I was in middle school, I had a teacher named Mrs. Robinson (yes, the same name as the character from The Graduate.) However, Mrs. Robinson was known for her unconventional fashion style. She was an older woman (now that I think of it, most of my teachers seemed old, but Mrs. Robinson had taught my mother.)  You never knew what Mrs. Robinson would wear to school; for example, she might wear a polka-dot blouse and a plaid skirt. Though her quirky style was to be remembered some fifty years later, she was unashamed of her appearance. So, I was prepared for when I got to high school, and my friend Meagan wore mismatched socks as a fashion statement; I was unphased (though I could never do it myself.)

To be unashamed means to be without shame, guilt, self-consciousness, or doubt. It implies a sense of confidence and openness, where one does not feel embarrassed or apologetic about their actions, beliefs, or characteristics. It's about being honest and transparent, even if others might consider certain behaviors or opinions unacceptable.

Today's verse is a declaration by the Apostle Paul, emphasizing his boldness in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul states that he is proud to preach the gospel, despite any potential persecution or ridicule, because he believes in its truth and power. He asserts the gospel as the active power of God, bringing about transformation and salvation in people's lives. That salvation is available to all who believe in Jesus Christ. Finally, Paul acknowledges the historical and theological significance of the Jewish people in God's plan, but he also affirms that the gospel is for everyone, not just for Jews.

The idea of being unashamed of the good news of Jesus Christ is central to our Christian faith. Here are some reasons why we can proclaim the gospel without shame:

  • Received Grace: The gospel represents God's grace, a gift of love and salvation even while we were undeserving.

  • No Excuse: Having received such grace, we feel compelled to share our faith without shame as a response to the transformative impact of God's love.

  • Entrusted with the Word: As believers, we are entrusted with the scriptures and the gospel message, which we are called to share faithfully.

  • Promise by Faith: The promise of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ is a profound truth that inspires confidence rather than shame.

  • Peace with God: The peace that comes from a relationship with God through Jesus is a source of strength and assurance.

  • Obedient from the Heart: The Holy Spirit's transformation of our lives leads us to openly live and share our faith.

In summary, this verse captures the essence of our belief: the gospel is a universal, powerful, and unashamed proclamation of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

Gracious Father, we come before you with hearts open to your word and truth. We thank you for the Good News of Jesus Christ, the power of salvation for all who believe. 

Help us to stand firm in this truth, unashamed of the gospel. Give us the courage to speak of your love and grace, to share the story of Jesus with boldness and without fear of judgment or persecution. May your Spirit guide us to live out our faith authentically, to be a light in the darkness, and to carry the message of hope to the ends of the earth. We pray that we may always remember the transformative power of your love and never shy away from proclaiming the gospel. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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