Pastor Bob Alderman

First Baptist Church

      Romans 1:16-17 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” 

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     No one ever accused the Apostle Paul of being timid about his faith!  Paul was always willing to share his faith, no matter what the cost. 

     Paul often found himself in jail for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but he never stopped.  Paul knew that people were hurting and needed the healing Jesus had for them and he was willing to pay any price for the opportunity to lead them to our Savior Jesus Christ.

     This kind of boldness is very rare today.  The sad part is that the world needs a relationship with Jesus Christ more than ever, but fewer and fewer people are willing to admit their faith, much less share it with others.

     There are a few brave souls in our world who will stand boldly against the tide of self and worldliness to profess their faith in Jesus Christ.  They are the few and the brave.

     I was very impressed with the courage displayed by University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy after the BCS Championship game.

     This was the game Colt had strived for his entire football career.  This is the game all football players dream of playing in; and Colt McCoy was set to be the star.  But, he was injured just 5 plays into the game and was not able to play.

     Colt McCoy’s dream quickly turned to a nightmare.   His throwing arm was now as useless as a wet noodle and his team was now losing the National Championship game…badly.  A winner wants to play, and Colt is a winner who could not play.

     In his darkest moment this young quarterback would have had every right to be angry with God and curse his injury; but not Colt McCoy. 

     Hear his words from that night: “I worked and played my whole career to be on this stage, to be given this opportunity,” McCoy said. “I know what it would have been like had I played that game. To know that is tough. But at the same time, I am a man of faith. I stand on the rock. I’ll never question God for why things happen the way they do. … There’s bigger and better football days to come.”

     Colt McCoy faced his worse nightmare with faith and boldly told a national audience of millions that his faith was in God, not football.  Colt was not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ because he knows the power it holds for hurting people.

     How about you?  Are you ashamed of the Gospel that gave you faith, hope and love?  Are you  ashamed of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who so willingly gave His everything for you?

     Share your faith!   Allow others to know that you are a Christian who loves God and loves them.

     Share your faith, share your story, share the Word of God and share His love.  We need not be timid or afraid because God has promised to be with us every step of the way.

     We often think we need to be theologians or pastors to share our faith, but we do not!  Each and every Christian is commanded by God to share our faith and to be ministers of reconciliation.

     God does not need your great abilities!  God is waiting for you to simply be available to Him!  He will do His work through you, if you allow Him.

     Join Paul and Colt in boldly professing your faith!  Start locally, in your home and neighborhood, then spread on into the world around you.

     Remember that God loves you…and so do I.

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