Share in Suffering for the Gospel

INTRODUCTION

As we all knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » Timothy was a discipleThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... » of ApostleA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » Paul. Paul loved Timothy very much, that’s why Paul sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » many letters to Timothy, letters of advice, prayers, benedictionNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » and crowning-with-thorns-1aChristianI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » teaching.

One of the teaching of Apostle Paul which I want to tackle is in II Timothy 1:8, it’s about witnessing for the LordThe Physician Doesn’t Want Her Daughter be Entertained, but Look What She Does to Get What She Wants. Read more ... » and His GospelThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... ». Let’s read the text together: “Do not be ashamed then of testifying to our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, But share in sufferingA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » for the Gospel in the powerCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » of GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » (RSV).

I divided the text into two parts for our meditation:

  1. Do not be ashamed of testifying to our Lord.

Perhaps, all of us here are testifying for our Lord. Is it true that we are witnessing for the Lord? If yes, Amen. Witnessing is God’s Great CommissionThree Things Required in Discipleship. Read more ... » to us, let us see MatthewThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » 28:19-20: “Go therefore and make disciplesThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... » of all nations, baptizing them in the nameHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » of the FatherJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... », and of the SonThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » and of the Holy SpiritMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... », teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (RSV).

We need to witnessThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » for the Lord and for the Gospel, it’s a divine mandateThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » for all ChristiansThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... »: even though you are old or young, educated, or unschooled, rich or poorLiberation Theology's Concept of "Poor". Read more ... », beautiful or not, tall or very short. So we should not be ashamed of sharing the Gospel to our friends, to our officemates, to our playmates, to our roommates and even to our enemiesJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... ». Don’t be ashamed of the Gospel, don’t be ashamed of ChristGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » since JesusThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » Christ says in MarkPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » 8:38:

“For whoever is ashamed of me and of my wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » in this adulterous and sinful Generation, of him will the Son of man“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » also be ashamed, when he comes in the GloryThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... » of his father with the holy angelsThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... » (RSV).

Some Christians are not ashamed of witnessing for Christ, but they fearPGF the Lord!. Read more ... ». They don’t want to preachJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » the Gospel to Muslim area simply because they fear. But Jesus says in LukeThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » 12:4-5: “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who killThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » the body, and after that have no more to fear: fear him who, after he has killed has power to cast into hell; yes, I tell you fear him!” (RSV).healing_the_sick041

Why don’t we fear God instead of fearing those who oppose the Gospel?

2. Share in suffering for the Gospel in the power of God. Witnessing for Christ is not an easy matter, it’s not an easy task. That’s why when Jesus said: ComeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » follow me,” He also said (in Mark 8:34): “If any man would come after me, let him denyThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » himself and take up his crossBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... » and follow me. For whoever would saveA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » his lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... » will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it” (RSV).

Therefore, witnessing is not just preaching the Gospel, but also “denying oneself”, “taking up of cross,” and losing of life!” Indeed, witnessing is suffering! Indeed discipleship“It is Finished!”. Read more ... » means suffering!

Jesus ChristMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » died for the Gospel. Stephen died for the Gospel. Paul was always in prisonThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » because of the Gospel. In KoreaA System that Korean Church Used to Grow So Rapidly. Read more ... », during the Japanese occupation, many Christians have suffered and murderedWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » for the sake of the Gospel.

CONCLUSION

Brethren, don’t be feared or ashamed of the Gospel, let’s share it even though we sufferThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... », we ought to share the Gospel in the power of God. If we will witness and share the Gospel, fear and ashamed will be phasing out because of the power of God. We will become strong and brave because of the power of the powerful God. If you fear or shame of the Gospel, just remember the promiseThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » of Jesus Christ. “I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt. 19:20b). If Jesus Christ is with us there is power in us, within us. Hallelujah!

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