Ashamed of the Gospel

A few weeks ago, I woke up with the following question on my mind. “Are you Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ? ”  I remembered this question came from Paul in Romans 1:16.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Paul was not questioning whether was he ashamed of the Gospel, He was boldly stating that he was NOT ashamed of the gospel, and neither should you and I be.  We like Paul must proclaim Christ, not be ashamed of Him.

However, the question on my mind was I ashamed? As I was thinking about that question a second question came to mind: “When was the last time you proclaimed Christ publicly?”

These questions caused me to make two commitments. (1) I would do a new study of the book of Romans and (2) I would use this new study to start two related ministries in which I would do things to declare publicly my faith in Christ.

The First Ministry was to start this blog about the Romans Bible study and the Second Ministry was to start a park ministry called “Jesus’ Chair”. “Jesus’ Chair” Ministry requires that I sit in a public place, such as a local park, visibly studying my Bible, positioning the 2nd chair with “Jesus ??” boldly printed on the chair, near me. My prayer is that the empty “Jesus’ chair ??” will draw the attention of those who pass by to the “Jesus’ Chair” and that they would interact with me. Also the empty “Jesus’ Chair ??” will remind me of His presence and this would remind me to be in a state of prayer.

It is my prayer that Romans 1:12-13 will come alive in those situations. Paul prays that he might be mutually encouraged with believers (v12) and that he might have some fruit (new converts) (v13) with unbelievers!

That is my prayer that for all interactions that take place, Jesus will be proclaimed, and He will be glorified in all three situations when Jesus’ Chair is empty when the chair is occupied with a believer, or better still when the chair is occupied with an unbeliever.

Also as readers of this blog and I walk through the study of Romans together, we will realize that God has given us the privilege and command to tell others about Christ. This is not only through our words but our actions! Let us remember the statement: “The only Bible someone might read is you! (our actions)”

Let our actions as well as our words bring Glory to God!

 Rom 1:5 (nlt)  Through Christ, God has given us the privilege[ and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name

Questions: Are we ashamed of the Gospel of Christ? Are we proclaiming Christ Publicly? both by our words and actions

Prayer: Lord, help me to not be ashamed of you and to seek ways to proclaim you publicly

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