The Reason for Our Boldness
By Dr. Charles Stanley
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Romans 1:1-7, 14-17
I. Introduction: What is the gospel? If someone asked, could you explain it? Many Christians are reluctant to share their faith because they don’t feel capable. They fear negative reactions and are intimidated by the questions people might ask. But God has given us the most important message in the world. Since we’re confronted by many incorrect philosophies and beliefs, we must understand the gospel and how to present it with boldness.
II. To fully understand the gospel, we must look at its place in Jesus’ life.
- A. Anointed to preach the gospel (Luke 4:18)—Christ was commissioned and empowered by the Holy Spirit to teach throughout Israel.
- B. Trained others to share the message—Jesus spent three years teaching His disciples before giving them their lifelong assignment: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15) in the power of the Holy Spirit.
III. To comprehend its role in our lives, we need to examine Paul’s ministry. The apostle recognized that he was…
- A. Set apart for the gospel of God (Rom. 1:1): Paul was specifically called to serve the Lord. He faithfully carried out this assignment by proclaiming Christ wherever he went.
- B. Entrusted with the good news of salvation (Gal. 2:7): To be entrusted with something means that you’re given a responsibility, one for which you’re held accountable.
- C. Appointed for the defense of the gospel (Phil. 1:16): The Lord gave Paul many opportunities to defend his faith in Christ. Like him, we must remember the most effective way to share our faith is telling others what Christ has done for us.
- D. Anointed as a preacher and an apostle (2 Tim. 1:8-12): Despite many hardships, Paul was determined to complete the Lord’s task for him. He recognized his calling, relied on God’s power, and was willing to suffer for the gospel.
- E. Obligated to preach the truth (Rom. 1:14): Knowing the Lord had called him to evangelize the Gentiles, Paul presented the message of salvation to them. Since we have been commissioned to make disciples, we must share the gospel with relatives, friends, co-workers, and even strangers.
- F. Eager to evangelize the lost (Rom. 1:15): Paul looked for every opportunity to tell people about Christ. Is that true of you? People have eternal destinies and need to know the Savior. That is why we must eagerly look to reach out to them.
- G. Unashamed of the gospel (Rom. 1:16): The apostle Paul focused on the gospel’s power to change a person’s life forever, not the negative reactions of others. Too often, we’re ashamed to talk about our faith, but if we ask God to open a door, He’ll empower us.
- H. Under compulsion to share the gospel (1 Cor. 9:16): Like Jeremiah (Jer. 20:7-9), Paul felt compelled to tell others about Christ. The same fire should burn within us.
IV. The Nature of the Gospel
- A. The source (Gal. 1:11-12): The message we’re called to share comes directly from the Lord, not man. Paul called it the “gospel of God” (1 Thess. 2:2) and the “word of truth” (Col. 1:5).
- B. The definition: The Greek word for the gospel is euangelion, which means “good news.” It’s the good news of Jesus Christ and His offer of salvation through His death, burial, and resurrection to be received by faith (1 Cor. 15:1-4). It has nothing to do with our goodness but is instead a gift of God’s grace.
V. The Accomplishments of the Gospel: When you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, many wonderful things happen. As a child of God, you are:
- A. Redeemed: Jesus paid the price for your sin on the cross and purchased you for God. Now, you belong to Him.
- B. Forgiven: On the basis of Christ’s payment, the Lord no longer holds your sins against you.
- C. Justified: He declares you are no longer guilty of your sins.
- D. Reconciled: It is now possible for you to have a personal relationship with God.
- E. Sanctified: You are set apart as one of God’s children, and His Holy Spirit works within you to transform your life.
- F. Glorified: This is the last step you take when you leave this earth and enter heaven. There you’ll receive rewards and experience all the glories the Lord has for you.
VI. Conclusion: Who has a message that matches the gospel? No one! No religion or philosophy can equal it. We’re surrounded by people desperate for something they can’t name, and we have the answer to their need—the gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s why we are entrusted to boldly share it with everyone we meet.