Friday, March 31, 2006

Are You Ashamed?

Are you ashamed of God? Christ? The Gospel?

Most church-people would say, "No, of course not!" But maybe that is too quick of an answer.

Twice, the apostle Paul told Timothy, one of the leading pastors and proclaimers of God's truth in the early church, not to be ashamed. On more than one occasion the Bible addresses other Christians who are ashamed. Perhaps there is more to this than meets the eye. Could it be that you and I are ashamed of our Lord and the Gospel on some level?

Sunday morning we will learn some things from 2 Timothy 1:7-12 and Romans 1:15-16 that you probably haven't seen before. As I have studied these passages of Scripture this week, God has opened my eyes to what it looks like for a Christian to be 'ashamed of the Gospel.' We will learn how a simple decision to be 'unashamed' can go a long ways toward increasing our encouragement and our effectiveness as Christians in our community.

I hope to see you Sunday morning!

Pastor Noel Dear

We went to a hunting supply store this week and bought a new pair of baptism waders; we wore out the old ones. (I've always wanted to say that. Wouldn't it be great if we could say it again in a year or so!) I tried to get Pastor Wally to get the camouflaged waders with the bib on the front to hold shotgun shells, but he refused. Pray that he will learn to be more submissive to his pastor.