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April 6, 2021 8:00 am
Are you living totally abandoned the gospel listen to Adrian Rogers, are you necessary to go stay with her all set with as much as in me was welcome to love worth finding, pastor, teacher and author Adrian Rogers said until you are ready to die for Christ not ready to live for. In Romans chapter 1 of the apostle Paul describes the heart and mind of someone totally abandoned to the gospel. He recognized his obligation to yield to the opportunities to the gospel. But how can we remain fearless of the opposition to the gospel. If you have your Bible turn to Romans chapter 1 will begin in verse 14. As Adrian Rogers concludes this powerful message totally abandoned the gospel. Are you ready to go, Jesus Christ. What is ideology reproach of the gospel. I want to be a missionary. I want you to do this thing about thing you must be ready to live and ready to die must be ready to go, and you must be ready to stay must be ready to speak to you today. Would you say yes Lord yes when the greatest missionaries ever lived was David Livingston.
I want you to hear these pregnant words that he said listen to this. He said send me where you will but go with me playing a burden on my heart but sustainment sever any tie but the one that binds my heart to the semi where you will go with me. Lady Bird know my heart but sustained me and sever any time in my life except the one that finds my heart today.
Are you ready to go. Are you read it. Stay. Sometimes it takes more grace to stay in prayer and support and give bended nose to go when we put our son on the plane to go to Spain and he took his precious wife tell him our little grandson Jonathan and Joyce and I spent there an airport with sprawling tears coming down Archie the happiest and saddest the two could be at the same time, it wasn't going over there like a person goes when an army to come home to Spain to stay to take the gospel of Jesus Christ. Sometimes it takes as much grace to stay as it does to go. Are you ready ready to live ready to die if necessary. Ready to go to stay and I don't mean with 1/2 part. Paul said, with as much as in me.
I'm now you understand that you understand what made this man a great man that he was watching. Paul was faithful to the obligations of the gospel. Paul was flexible for the opportunities of the gospel. Here's the third thing Paul was fearless at the opposition to the gospel fearless at the opposition to the gospel.
There was so much opposition to the gospel of Jesus Christ. What he says in verse 16. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ wasn't fearful about the gospel. Now there were many reasons why he could very many reasons why he could've been intimidated. There are many reasons why he could've been a shame the first place, the gospel of Jesus Christ was identified with the poor Jewish carpenter who was crucified. Can you imagine going to roll the Imperial city of Rome with his mighty power, its armies and say I want to tell you about a Jew Romans had no appreciation for the Jews, especially one who was not one of the mighty philosophers in their mind, but a carpenter, one who was crucified would put faith in achieving that was crucified and Rome was such a proud city they had subjugated the land of Judea. There was a gospel coming out of Jerusalem must have a role. Why should roll listen anything that came out of a conquered place and the Christians of that day.
They were not the big shots of that day.
Paul had to say to the ground and you see your calling brother, not many mighty Hunter mobile call they didn't have a lot of philosophers they didn't have a lot of generals they didn't have a lot of wealthy people.
The Christians were all scouring the book the scum of the earth of that day and even Paul himself when he went to Rome he went to Rome as a prisoner and yet he didn't hang his head in shame. Rome was known for the great philosophers of that day. Who is paying attention to a fable about a Jew who rose from the dead. But Paul was bold for the Lord Jesus. Now when asked a question are you ashamed of the gospel are you ashamed to put a Bible on your desk at work. Are you saying the bow your head in the cafeteria are you ashamed to invite people to Jesus Christ.
I say are you ashamed of the one who died for you if there will pastor. I just don't believe in wearing my faith on my sleeve will boy had a dog. I'm told it's about asking what kind of dog he was little fella said well he's a police dog. He was just a mongrel lowboy city's police dog friends at what he does look like a police dog little guy said well he's in the Secret Service.
I'm afraid that that many of us who are in the secret service we ought to be open and bold for the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ could be ashamed of the person of the gospel for doing all of the history of the world about 60 billion people have lived in history. The whole world.
We are rapidly approaching 6 billion right now, but of all the people of all of the 60 billion to Beverly. Only a handful have made any Mark Prue mark on history. I thought about scientists, philosophers, rulers, military people, only a handful, but there's one. One main that stands above all other names. That is the name of Jesus. And while I am speaking you right now listen to me this very moment there are multiplied millions of people. This moment, attending to his words and seeking to do this with that one main Batman Batman that is above every name, are you ashamed of Jesus Christ young preacher had been called out of a life of sin, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ totally thoroughly repented of his sin was made new, but somebody removes old life, wrote them a note that on to ashamed of yourself. You up there telling people to get right with God and that personhood known this man in his past listed all of those same in detail what young preacher did he read that note bowed his head in prayer, stood up and said, ladies and gentlemen, I received a note and here's what it says and then in front of that whole crowd. He read every one of those sins without leaving out one then he said this.
Yes, I am ashamed of myself, but I'm not ashamed of my Savior ashamed of myself. Paul said, I'm not ashamed of the gospel of Christ is the gospel of Christ, the person of the gospel. I will day I will never be ashamed of him. But not only was Paul not ashamed of the person of the gospel. He's not ashamed of the purpose of the gospel look in verse 16.
Look at it. I'm not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.
That's the person of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believe there is no greater business occupation than sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Let Wall Street handle finances. Let Hollywood have buffet let the military people figure out what to do in the Middle East lets us get out the gospel of Jesus Christ. The social engineers of this world or try everything they can do the same civilization.
The gospel is not intended to save civilization from wreckage. The gospel is intended to save people from the records of civilization is what the gospel is all about Jesus did not come as a social engineer, Jesus came.
Luke 1910 for the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which is loss to see think about there a lot of kinds of losses is tragic to lose your help to lose your wealth to lose your friends and loved ones lose your life and how tragic to lose your soul watch it profit a man if he should gain the whole world and lose his own soul listen me friend listen to me.
How can we be ashamed of the gospel when the power of the gospel is the only thing that can help this world. The gospel is the only thing they can make pilots pure. The gospel is the only thing that can make drunk or sober. The gospel is the only thing that can make perverts straight. The gospel is the only thing that can make a diverse gospel is the only thing that can give all that is steadfast and true to rescue the perishing and carefully buying snacks limit. From saving the gray without the gospel of Jesus Christ. There's no there's no fault that I am not ashamed of the press is the gospel of Christ on the ashamed of the purpose of salvation when he said I'm not ashamed of the power of the gospel look in verse 16 of the gospel is the power of God and the salvation and the word that he uses therefore powers the word in Greek that we get our English word dynamite from this world is enamored with power. We heard so much in our generation about atomic power. But if you were to take an atomic bomb and detonated between the lapels of your coat. There would be enough of you to better we can find you be vaporized, but that would take the sin out of your heart is only one power one power that can wash and make you whiter than snow. That is the incredible power. Not only would get a word dynamite we get our word dynamo from Lent who received Christ. There is a dynamo that comes in you, and then listen not only is Paul, not ashamed of the person of the gospel is the gospel of Christ. Not only is Paul, not ashamed of the purpose of the gospel of salvation. Not only is Paul, not ashamed of the power of the gospel is by grace through faith but is not ashamed of the plan of the gospel. Look at.
I love it to everyone that believe that's it. That's the plan for saving that so simple yes it is gloriously simple but is simply glorious to everyone that believe. Aren't you glad the gospel doesn't say everybody wants to be savoring so many chapters in the Bible. Some people don't have a Bible and some people get written. Aren't you glad that the gospel and Sam. I was to be saved. Take a walk around the block. Simplot up except some people can't walk everybody wants to be saved, give $150 less cheap enough for eternal salvation, yes, but some people have $150 but friend there is a whomsoever in the Bible, that whosoever believe it.
That's the gospel always people want to tell you what you got to believe and basically got believe and be bent with friend. The minute you put baptismal you take us around. I means nobody in the desert can be saved means nobody airplane can be saved.
Nobody, a submarine could be saved, surrounded by water damage that nobody by himself to be sacred. Nobody baptizing BC how silly that is.
I believe in baptism as a you and the king's army alignment is maybe listen, I believe.
I believe in baptism but water Weatherspoon for 10 full cannot take away sin God simple, wonderful, glorious plan is that any body anywhere time Jesus come in my heart and say maybe will he will not ashamed of the gospel like to everyone that believe, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Ashamed of the plan would gospel there was no tiny preacher's name was Christmas Evans Christmas Evans in his wonderful way said to the gospel is so simple and so available you could put a man in a barrel male validity in all and then whisper through a knothole how to be saved and he could be saved.
Inside that barrel. I liked how I like to know there was an old preacher named Baldwin Pastor in Troy, New York, and he pastor there for a number of years 41 years. Here's what he said about the gospel is so wonderful. I want to share it with you. Listen. You get blessed at this, he said this is a pastor now reflecting back now.
He's a very old man, and here's what he wrote. He said at 30 after examining the philosophies and religions of the world. I said there is nothing better than the gospel of Christ. Then he said at 40 when burdens pressed heavily and the years seem to hasten.
I said there's nothing as good as the gospel at 50 when there were empty chairs in the home and the mound builders had done their service. I said there's nothing to be compared with the gospel at 60. My second site saw through the illusions and vanities of earthly things and I said there is nothing but the gospel they started out saying nothing better than the gospel that nothing as good as the gospel them. Nothing to be compared to the gospel and finally said there's nothing but the gospel and then he said, then at 70 amid many limitations and vibrations I saying should all the forms which men devise attack my faith with trekkers are. I had called them all vanities and lives and bind the gospel to my heart is. Paul said you want to know what motivates me. You want to know what sends me free. I am I am better I am ready and I am not ashamed I am to the obligations of the gospel. I am flexible for the opportunities of the gospel and I'm fearless to the opposition of the gospel. I'm not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, are you Dr. Lee used to tell a story about something that happened in South Carolina.
There was a schoolhouse fire. The children were trapped in the schoolhouse and the men of the community gathered to try to do what they could do with the flames were so hot that they couldn't get near the children were trapped inside of a father, a father saw the face of this boy in those flames and the boy saw his father in their eyes met little boy said that he can't you save me the flames were such that strongmen held them back and he could not go in that father had to stand there watching his son in the fire and over and over again. The little boy said I just save me my father stood there and watched his son with her like a flower held in the flames of an acetylene torch. Buckley said that father didn't live but two years after that night and day. He could see the face of his darling son and those flames saying daddy just save me and he realized he was powerless to do anything about missile Hill balance sin cursed world looks at science and pseudoscience can't you save me science will tell you I can pay off orders from the earth to the sun, but I can't save you this world looks at culture and says culture can't you save me culture says I can tell you how to dress for a party and hold your teacup just right. All I can do is to make this world a better place to go to hell from this world except finance and says business. Can't you save me finances.
I can tell you how to get the money believe it all behind but I cannot save you possibly can't you see philosophy says I can tell you more and more about less and less, and you know everything about nothing.
I can't save you, friend.
I'm here to tell you there is one who can save saying above about the strife Jesus saves Jesus a I have given my life to declaring the glorious gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I'm not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it. The gospel is the power of God and the salvation now. Remember the gospel plan the gospel plan is to everyone that believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek and I want to help you right now to receive Jesus Christ into your heart as your Lord and Savior.
I want to pray just pray out of your heart dear God, just pray silently but fervently I know that you love me. I know that you want to save me Jesus you died to save me, you promise to save me if I would trust you. I do trust you. I believe you are the son of God. I believe you paid for my sin with your blood on the cross. I believe that God raised him from the day I believe that salvation is a gift and I receive it right now. Right now I receive.
I don't look for feeling. I don't ask for a sign I stand on your work. Lord Jesus, I trust you to save me and I will not be ashamed of you. I will make it public. I will not be ashamed of the gospel. Give me the courage to openly and publicly confess you don't let me be intimidated by the death. Help me Lord Jesus in your name I pray a man if you prayed to receive Jesus just now. We would love to celebrate with you and invite you to our discovery, Jesus page on the website to find answers there that you may need about your newfound faith.
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