Memory Verse Challenge (Week 12) – Witnessing (Romans 1:16)
by Brian Walters, Director of Discipleship @MBCLouduon
Romans 1:16 (ESV) – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16
So why is Paul not ashamed of the gospel? Hint: look at the next part of the sentence, for it is God’s power for salvation because it reveals to us that the righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Romans 3:22; 4:5; 5:9; Phil 3:9). Christ who knew no sin (2 Cor. 5:21), took on our sins, in that we might become righteous in God’s eyes. Salvation is a FREE gift (Eph. 2:8). Salvation sets us free from sin and death (Rom. 8:2). Meaning we are no longer separated from God (Isa. 59:2) or unrighteous in his eyes (Rom. 3:10), and get to spend eternity with him (Rom. 6:23). A question we should be asking ourselves, if salvation is a FREE gift, and if it is the greatest gift ever known to man, why wouldn’t we tell everyone about this gift?
1 Peter 3:15 says, “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” We are called to have an answer for why we believe in Jesus, but we must do this with gentleness and respect. No matter the persecution, trials, peer pressures or what the world says, we must not water down the gospel. We must boldly proclaim its truth in love and, like Paul, we should not be ashamed to proclaim it.
Additionally, I would like to point out that the gospel is for everyone regardless of a person’s racial background. Not just the Jews, but the gentiles as well (Col. 3:11). When witnessing we should witness to everyone we have the opportunity to.
Prayer: Almighty God, we are so thankful for your son Jesus Christ and what he did for each us on the cross. Help us to remember this and his resurrection in that it would be a catalyst every day of our lives to share our faith with others. That we would share our faith boldly and lovingly because there is no greater gift to which we could ever share with anyone in this world. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.