Why Be Ashamed of The Gospel?
Christians often hesitate to talk to non-Christians about their faith. The reasons for this hesitation are many, especially in American society. I wonder if you ever heard someone refer to the statement: "I almost became a follower of Christianity until I got to know some Christians." Sadly, the behavior of Christians has often become a barrier to others opening their minds and hearts to hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Don't get me wrong, I understand none of us is perfect, including myself. I don't have time in this blog entry to detail to you all of my failures and shortcomings as they are many! But all of my mistakes and those made by every other human being, highlight the beauty and power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. According to the Bible in 1 Corinthians 15, the Gospel is that Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures; Jesus was buried; Jesus rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures; and Jesus was seen alive by many witnesses.
In this video of a message I preached one Sunday, I try to articulate why, like Paul in Romans 1:16, I am not ashamed of the powerful Gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is powerful because it is: elementary, exceptional, exclusively inclusive, an "exchanger," expansive, and eternal. Why be ashamed of that?