‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’
Romans 10:13-15 (NIV)
‘… the gospel must first be preached to all nations. Mark 13:10 (NIV)
He [Jesus] said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15 (NIV)
The great commission recorded in Matthew 28 and Mark 16 is significant in that while it was given to the first disciples, it must apply equally to all Christians. However, the phrase – ‘preach’ the gospel, makes some believers unsure that it applies to them. This is mainly because they see preaching as the exclusive domain of the person standing in the pulpit on Sunday mornings.
The New Testament sense of preaching, or sharing the gospel, is not something that should only be left to those with a special calling to be a minister or pastor. Of course there are those who are called to be in ministry, but there are many more Christians who can be effective witnesses to Christ in their home, neighbourhood or workplace.
Imagine how slowly the gospel would have spread if it had been left only to the first disciples. Reading through the book of Acts, it is clear that the gospel spread not primarily because of the people involved, but because it was such good news. The people involved were enthused by the fact that the death and resurrection of Jesus and the offer of salvation were such good news. They couldn’t keep it to themselves, not because they were such good speakers, but because they just couldn’t stay silent in the face of such mind-blowing and life-changing news.
Do you really believe that the gospel is GOOD NEWS! If so, ask God to give you an enthusiasm and excitement to share the good news with others.
[Archives – click on the icon at the top of the page]