As a follow up to this last Sunday’s providential theme on gospel proclamation we would all do well to read the Apostle Paul’s exhortation to Timothy to be unashamed of the gospel found in 2 Timothy 1:8-18:

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,  9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,  10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,  11 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher.  12 For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.  13 Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.  14 Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.  15 You are aware of the fact that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.  16 The Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains;  17 but when he was in Rome, he eagerly searched for me and found me–  18 the Lord grant to him to find mercy from the Lord on that day– and you know very well what services he rendered at Ephesus.