• PRELUDE: Luke 9:26: "For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels."
  • 2 Timothy 1:8-11: Paul tells Timothy that of all things to never be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ--nor the testimony of His followers
  • 2 Timothy 1:8: Inside America's churches, we're a happy and safe family. We hear a message, go home, and are oblivious to world events by not watching the news but entertainment. We don't face threats like churches in Pakistan where grenades are thrown in (Click here for the 17 March 2002 story with pictures) ... so why should we care about this verse when that form of terror doesn't apply to us?

  • Therefore true believers cannot be ashamed. How can you be ashamed of such an eternally powerful gift?

  • KEY QUESTION: To you, is church simply an exercise in repetitive religious duties or is it a genuine love that you're not ashamed of?

  • John 20:24-45: If you act like Thomas, one of the 12 disciples of Jesus, and do not believe until you see with your own eyes that Jesus is real, then it's already too late.

  • Be faithful in service. The true test lies in difficulty