# 6 Eagerness to Preach the Gospel (Part 1)
By Pastor Bill
In Romans 1, Paul writes that he was eager to preach the gospel to those who were living in Rome. The Greek word for eager is prothumos, which is a combination of two words. Pros means towards and thumos means to breathe hard or to be excited. Strong’s tells us that it means wrath, fierceness, passion. Paul was really excited, worked up, eager and passionate about sharing the gospel.
(Romans 1:15) “So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome”
Why was Paul so excited and passionate about the gospel? I believe it is because he saw lives being changed by the gospel. In the next verse, Paul tells us that he was 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. It did not matter to Paul who he encountered; the gospel message was the power of God for their salvation. By believing the message of the gospel, they could be born again. They could have their sins washed away. They could have peace with God. They could have purpose and meaning in life. They could be assured of having eternal life. This got Paul so worked up and excited that he was eager to share the gospel.
(Romans 1:16)(Memory Verse) “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.”
There are three reasons for this excitement and joy when the gospel is preached. In Luke 10, Jesus had sent out seventy to preach the kingdom. In Luke 10:17, the seventy returned with joy. There is a joy in the workers in seeing people set free and saved. In Luke 15:7, Jesus mentions a second joy. He says that there is more joy in heaven over one sinner that repents than over ninety-nine that need no repentance. There is tremendous joy in heaven when people believe the message of the gospel. The third joy is found in Matthew 13:44. Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is like a treasure in a field. When a man finds it, out of joy, he will sell all that he has and buy the field. It is the joy of the new believer.
Father, may we be a church full of the joy from new believers. May we get excited and eager to see people come to Christ. May we be a church that is eager to share the gospel with everyone. Amen.