The Power of the Gospel (Romans 1:16-17)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous will live by faith.”  

Was Paul convicted in his faith?  Let’s see…

Imprisoned in Philippi and Rome…

Chased out of Thessalonica…

Smuggled out of Berea…

Laughed at in Athens…

Mocked in Corinth for a message of foolishness.

Yet…there was something about the gospel of Jesus Christ, something which made Paul victorious over anything any human could do to him.  From being a man with one set of convictions that stood by as Stephen was stoned to death.  To one, which history tells us, that Paul, being a Roman citizen, was beheaded in Rome by Nero.

In his letter to the Romans, we hear loud and clear Paul’s convictions.  What are your preferences?  What are your convictions?  If you are having some trouble with this, come and join us tomorrow at First Pres-Joliet as we begin a look at the Apostles’ Creed…a summary of the Christian faith that has been around for centuries.

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