The Church of Rome in Paul’s day was no different from other churches. It had ethnic and racial tensions, it struggled with sin, and it didn’t fully understand the truth of the Gospel. Because of this, Paul felt obligated to preach the truth of the gospel to everyone he came in contact with; including those within the church. The simplicity of the Gospel seemed to be overlooked. Even with these issues in the Church of Rome; word had gotten out to Paul that this church was boldly preaching the Gospel.
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. Romans 1:8
Many in this church understood the simplicity of the Gospel; that Christ died for their sins, He was buried (proof of the death), and that He rose from the grave to beat death. They fully understood that it is all about Christ saving them and that man is unable to save himself. Since they believed this; they loudly proclaimed this Truth to everyone. As members of this church lived their lives; they told others what Christ had done in their lives.
Like the church at Rome, believers today have the ability to boldly proclaim the truth of Christ. This can be done in simple conversation telling everyone what God is doing or has done in your life. Many people will never walk into a church building, but they can still hear the good news from your lips.
As we will see in the Book of Romans; everyone is in need of a savior and God has demonstrated His love for man-kind by sending His son, Jesus Christ. God could make the stones cry out declaring His glory, but He chooses to use us. Do not be ashamed of the Gospel. Boldly tell those around you what God is doing or has done in your life.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures… 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” Romans 1:16-17