Not Ashamed - Romans 1:16

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Just last week I had the great privilege of attending the National Baptist Fellowship Meetings in South Australia. The meetings were such a blessing and I came away challenged and encouraged in the Lord. Over the next few months I plan to share some of the notes I took during the messages in the hope that they will be a blessing to someone else. And as the audio files get uploaded to the internet, I will put a link to them in my post so that you can go listen to the sermons for yourself. :)

There were so many good messages, it is hard to decide which one to share first; so I will start with a message from one of my favourite sessions from the week (although all of them were excellent, there was quite a bit in this message that was really encouraging & challenging!) 


3/10/2013 {2nd Morning Session}

Not Ashamed - Pastor James Herringson 

Romans 1:16 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

God has called each one of us to serve Him. 
Paul is a great example of someone who was not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. In Romans 1:15 he said he was ready to go wherever the Lord wanted him to go, even though he knew he would be persecuted for it! And this is because he was not ashamed of the gospel and he understood the power of the gospel.
Are we ashamed of the gospel? Do we fear rejection of the world?
The problem is, when we fear rejection from the world, our focus is on ourselves. When we focus on Christ and what He has done for us we won't be ashamed of the gospel.

3 Things Paul realized that helped him not be ashamed of the gospel

1) Paul was not ashamed because he knew the power of the gospel He was preaching! (Romans 1:1-4) The gospel has power, we have the treasure and precious message of salvation! (Isaiah 53:5) 
     a) 1 Corinthians 4:13 - One point Pastor Herringson made was the fact that Paul would have had every excuse and reason to be ashamed... everywhere he went the gospel & he was hated for preaching it! Yet he was not ashamed! And this is because he knew that he had God's message, and he knew the power of that message! We need to have faith in the power of the gospel.

2) Paul knew that souls would be saved when the simple gospel was preached. (Acts 17:32-34) 
v 34 - certain men clave unto him and believed. 
We will face opposition when we preach the gospel, but that does not mean we should try and package the gospel with the world. Souls are genuinely saved through the simple gospel of Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 4:12)

3) Paul knew that it was the will of God for him to preach the gospel. The will for our lives is the gospel. God has called us to be witnesses wherever we are. Knowing this gave Paul boldness. He knew what was in store for him, but none of this moved him because he knew that God's will was more important than the trials he might have to face. We need to know where God wants us to be. We can have boldness in His will.
God wants you and I to be a witness for Him. Do you know what God's will for your life is? Where does he want you to be a witness? (it could be in your school, workplace, church, or even on the mission field!) Ask God what His will for you is.

We need not be ashamed of the gospel. We don't need to fear the reproach if we fix our focus firmly on the Lord Jesus Christ. 

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I have tried to put my incoherent sermon notes into some kind of order, so hopefully they made sense! :) This session was such a blessing! (as were all of the meetings!)

Here is a link to the official skydrive where the NBF 2013 sermons are. This sermon was Session 10 by James Herringson. NBF Sermons 2013

Link to National Baptist Fellowship page : baptist-church.com.au/nbf


Hope you have a blessed week!!
Hannah




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6 comments

  1. Oh! Thank you so very much for that hannah!! My sermon notes are rather disjointed as I am not very good at writting and listening at the same time, so I tend to not write as much because I do not want to miss anything. Then, when I get home I wish I had written more!!!!! :o)
    Thank you again for sharing that message - it was one of my number one favourites at te NBF! It was such a challenge, to not be ashamed of the gospel - it is so very easy to get wrapped up in OUR feelings and think "oh no, what will they think of me if I witness t them." So what! I know what they will think of me if they end yp in Hell because I did not witness to them!
    I love the wallpaper too!! Thank you so much for it.
    Lots of love dear sister,
    Tiana xox

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging words Tiana!!! :) I tend to write heaps of notes because it actually helps my concentrate and remember more from the message! :) If I don't write, I end up getting distracted... so writing keeps my focus in the right place! :)
      I'm so glad that you were blessed by reading them :)
      I'm looking forward to when all the sermons from the week are uploaded on the web - They were all so good :)
      Love you lots sister,
      Hannah xo

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  2. Hi Hannah
    Its great to hear that the NBF was such a blessing and that Pastor Herringson's message was an encouragement to you!
    Great job on the wallpapers also. I have recently started visiting this site since another kjv wallpaper site stopped posting wallpapers. I love placing them on my computer screen to serve as an encouragement and to also show to others at uni. Keep up the good work and I look forward to many more =)

    Michael

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    1. Hi Michael,
      Thanks :) Glad the wallpapers are a blessing to you! It makes me so happy to hear that these wallpapers are being used by others :)

      Thanks for stopping by & commenting! God bless!

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  3. Hey Hannah, this is Abby Allen again. Just wanted to say thanks for sharing such a great message with us. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading your next few posts as well. Writing helps me concentrate too. :) And I've always loved the writings of Paul. His story and his letters of encouragement to the church of Christ are so inspiring and encouraging to me. You're a blessing and I appreciate your ministry. Keep up the good work! -Abby Joy

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    1. Hi Abby!! You're welcome, really glad it was a blessing to you :) I appreciate your encouragement so, so much!! :)
      Yes, the letters to the churches have so much encouragement and wisdom contained within them - there are so many lessons and truths to be learnt from them!
      In Christ,
      Hannah

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