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"Unashamed of the Gospel" by Bob Donohue
Date: 2017-03-19
Text: Romans 1:16
Series: Romans
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2017-03-19 • Romans Series • Rom. 1:16
                                                           
1. Not Ashamed of the Gospel, Rom. 1:16
2. For it is the Power of God for Salvation, Rom. 1:16
3. To Everyone Who Believes, Rom. 1:16
                                                           

Unlike St. Peter’s Basilica, the Church is not founded upon a dead man’s bones, but upon our living savior Jesus Christ.

What is the gospel? The Old Testament prophets predicted it by predicting Him.

This gospel is unfathomable, beyond human understanding, and perhaps one of the greatest evidences of it’s transforming power is our love for one another – who are not only very different from each other, but who are also fellow sinners. We can also see the power of the gospel in Paul’s great love for others, including the recipients of this letter.

1. Not Ashamed of the Gospel, Rom. 1:16

We forget the we are loved and called, and also doubt that we are loved and called.

We are not only afraid to tell unbelievers about God’s love for them, but we are also afraid to tell those who already believe it – with whom we are safer, and whom we love more. If we are afraid to speak of God’s love with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, how can we do so with unbelievers? So… perhaps we are ashamed of the gospel.

2. For it is the Power of God for Salvation, Rom. 1:16

You will be ashamed of the gospel if you think it depends on you. But Paul wasn’t ashamed because he knew that “it“, not he, is the power of God unto salvation.

The message is the conduit by which God calls others unto Himself.

3. To Everyone Who Believes, Rom. 1:16

It’s impossible to be ashamed of the remedy if you know the horrors of the disease.

Let love for men overcome your fear of men.

Greek: “believes” is ongoing, active, continuous

Greek: “everyone” means everyone

Nothing unites people more than the gospel.