I. “I am a debtor” (Romans 1:14)
A. The former life of sin (Acts 8:1,3; 9:1-2; 1 Timothy 1:13)
B. The obligation to warn (Mark 16:15; Ezekiel 3:17-21)
C. Paul understood his obligation (Romans 3:23; 6:23; 10:14-17)
II. “I am ready to preach the gospel” (Romans 1:15)
A. Anytime, anywhere (Acts 16:25-34)
B. Rejection is inevitable (Acts 24:24-25; 26:27-29)
C. We must not let rejection deter us from teaching (Galatians 6:9)
III. “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ” (Romans 1:16)
A. The gospel—not the teacher—is “the power of God to salvation” (Romans 1:16)
B. Christians who are ashamed are of no value to the Lord (Mark 8:38)
C. We can be confident in our eternal life (2 Timothy 4:6-8)
Day 53/260: Read Romans 1
When you are involved in the conversion of a soul for Christ, you feel good. You have helped someone escape the eternal fires of hell; you have led a lost sheep to Jesus. We must be careful, however, that we do not become so self-confident that we take credit that we do not deserve.
The power of God to salvation is not our eloquence. It is not the way we turn a phrase, or our skills of persuasion. The power of God to salvation is the gospel of Christ. Without the gospel, man is lost.
Christianity is not just a bunch of motivational speeches to make a person feel better about themselves. Rather, Christianity is a commitment to respond to God in faith for what He has done out of love.
Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself; He allowed Himself to be crucified; His blood covers our sin. The gospel tells us all of this, and how to respond to His love.
May we never forget it is God’s power, not our own, that saves men from sin.
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
Romans 1:16. For I am not ashamed of the _______________ of Christ, for it is the _______________ of God to salvation for everyone who _______________, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Pray for humility, recognizing God’s greatness and our frailty in relation to Him.