by Jerry Vines

11 Tim.1:8-12
Dr. Vines 7/5/87
Sometimes there is the tendency for a young believer to be intimidated cOf
ashamed because of his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. There are pressures
and influences in the world that would seek to cause you, if you know the Lord
Jesus, to feel some degree of intimidation because of that fact. In Romans
1:16 the apostle Paul said, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it
is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth." Behind that
statement there is the implication that there were those who would cause to
make Paul ashamed because he had related himself in a saving way to the Lord
Jesus Christ. Sometimes there is an intellectual shame that is associated with
the name of the Lord Jesus. If you are known as a simple, Bible-believing
child of God there are those who would seek to make you feel intellectually
inferior because of that simple child-like faith in the Lord. Sometimes there
is a sense of social shame that people will try to impose upon you because you
are no longer in what they call the "in" crowd. Because you don't fit into the
social circles anymore now that you belong to the lord Jesus, there are those
who seek to impose some kind of social shame upon you. But the apostle Paul
admonishes this young child of God, Timothy, not to be ashamed of the Gospel
of Christ nor anything that is associated with the Christian faith. What is
there to be ashamed of when you think about the good news of salvation or when
you think about what a wonderful Savior we have in Jesus Christ. I feel like
the dear old lady who was sitting on the front porch back during the days of
the Civil War. The Confederate Army went marching through. She got so stirred
up about the parade that she got her broomstick and put it up on her
soldiers, got in the back of the line and marched through town with them.
Somebody said, "Granny, you know you couldn't fight in a battle with a
broom ...

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