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017: Power of the Gospel

Romans 1:16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…”

When we share the gospel we are not trying to convince someone with mere words--as if you were trying to change someone's opinion about the best restaurant in town. Rather, the power of God is at work in the sharing of the gospel to open peoples' hearts and minds. When you share the gospel you are planting a powerful seed in someone's heart which God will cause to grow.

1 Thessalonians 1:5, 2:13 "because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. ... when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers."

Have courage, for when you share the gospel it is not limited by your ability to persuade with human wisdom; God is working in powerful ways, that we cannot see, to turn peoples' hearts towards himself.