Topic: Romans Passage: Romans 1:16–1:17
The Christian claim to absolute truth is an offense
The Christian claim to the exclusiveness of Jesus.
The Christian claim that no one is good and we must have a Savior
How was Paul NOT ashamed of the gospel?
He really believed the gospel.
First, he loved and felt obligation to the very ones who shamed him.
Paul realized the power of the gospel.
“What relevance does that have for us today? We don’t see the evangelical church of our day rushing to depositories of sacred relics. Nobody’s looking for Joseph’s pants. Rather we have invested our time, our energy, and our money in more contemporary ways to improve the gospel. We look to programs, to Madison Avenue methodologies, to entertainment, to pop psychology, even to the establishment of Starbucks in the church to improve the gospel. Why do we do this? I think people in the church today are looking for exactly what they were looking for in sixteenth-century Germany. They went to Trier, they went to Aachen, they went to these relics because they believed that the relics had power. Every pastor wants to have a powerful ministry. And so, we look to the latest program, to the latest method to give us a powerful ministry, forgetting where the Lord God omnipotent has put the power in the first place.”
…who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.