Preach the Gospel
Why Preach the Gospel?
The Gospel is key to knowing salvation. 1 Corinthians 1:20-21 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.
While the world may or may not like preaching, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. God had only one Son, and he was a preacher. While people may not like preaching, they desperately need its message.
God saves us through what is preached, the message preached (NASB). The gospel indeed saves (Romans 1:16; James 1:21; 1 Peter 1:22-25). This is how God chose to reach people with the message of His love, forgiveness, and hope.
Preach the Gospel to Every Creature (Mark 16:15)
Preaching the gospel is proclaiming “good news” and persuading. The Corinthians “received” the gospel, “took their stand” on the gospel, and were “saved” by the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-3). No other message is so filled with hope and promise. Without the gospel we are without hope and without God (Ephesians 2:11-12).
Some think the gospel is merely a proclamation, but evangelism is persuasion. “Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we persuade men” (2 Corinthians 5:11). No preacher can make another person do anything, but the goal of preaching is to persuade people to love and to follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
The eunuch in Acts 8:26-39 responded to the gospel of Christ by requesting baptism. Whatever gospel Philip preached, it included baptism with faith and repentance. What good is good news that has no request for response? We respond to good news with love, meeting the condition out of faith, acting in hope.
Credit to: “In Search of the Lord’s Way” Daily Devotionals
See Also: Truth | No Substitute for God
In Christian Love,
Bill Arnold, Minister
Ridgeway Church of Christ
YOU MUST DO THESE THINGS to Become a Christian
Becoming a Christian, Saved, Born Again, In Christ, or becoming a new creature all talk about salvation.
1) You must believe and confess that Jesus is the son of God. John 8:24 Jesus said you must believe that He is the Christ the Son of the living God. Matthew 10:32-33, Acts 8:36-37 further tells us to confess that Jesus is God’s son.
2) Luke 13:3 Jesus said you must repent of your sins.
3) Mark 16:16 Jesus said you must be baptized.
4) Live faithfully unto death. 1 John 1:2
Therefore, as a new creature, a Christian, we will live faithfully unto death and then arise to live forever with God. In conclusion, this is the God who loves you, who wants you to be his child. You can become the child of a King!
Won’t you heed His word?