Preach the Gospel – Part 2 (1 Thes. 2:16)

15 Jun

1thessalonians4_11plnLast week we looked at the why and what of preaching the Gospel.We looked at Peter’s example from Acts.Is the Gospel to be shared only by professional Christians?Or does the responsibility rest with every Christian.We’ll answer this question and some others this morning.

Read 1 Thes. 2:1-6. How is the Gospel given? Well, there is the Way of the Master. There’s the Romans Road. If you’re not familiar with this tool, it is a walk through of the book of Romans. The first verse on the Romans Road to salvation is Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” The second Scripture on the Romans Road to salvation, Romans 6:23, teaches us about the consequences of sin – “For the wages of sin is death.” The third verse on the Romans Road to salvation picks up where Romans 6:23 left off, “But the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” The fourth stop on the Romans Road to salvation is Romans 10:9, “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that  God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:13 says it again, “For ‘WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.’” The final aspect of the Romans Road to salvation is the results of salvation. Romans 5:1; “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is only through Jesus Christ that we can have a relationship of peace with God. Romans 8:1 teaches us, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Because of Jesus’ death on our behalf, we will never be condemned for our sins.” Finally, we have this precious promise of God from Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

There are the four spiritual laws. God LOVES you and offers a wonderful PLAN for your life. Man is SINFUL and SEPARATED from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God’s love and plan for his life. Jesus Christ is God’s ONLY provision for man’s sin. Through Him you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life. We must individually RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives.

There other less formal ways, too. You or your church can pass out water and tracts at a local festival. Of course there are missions. There’s lifestyle evangelism, but I don’t really like this method. No words are required. You can show a video or film or you can pass out Bibles . There are numerous ways to share the truth.

Is there a perfect way to give the Gospel? The only perfect way to do it, if there is such a thing, is to share the truth in love from a sincere heart. Share your testimony. How God changed your life. Now you have different goals. You have a desire to be obedient. You feel the weight of conviction for the wrongs you and the joy of confession and cleansing of that sin.

Here are some common excuses for disobedience. Some people think they don’t really have a testimony because they were saved at an early age. Others may think that sharing the Gospel is too embarrassing. Some are scared to share their testimony because they think they wouldn’t know what to say.

Remember the words of Acts 1:8: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Notice it says, “You shall be My witness . . .” This phrase is in the future, imperative, indicative mood, tense, and voice of the Greek language. It says ffter you receive the Spirit, it is a fact that you are going to be a witness because it is a command to do so. The power is not in you, but in the message.

Who are we supposed to preach the Gospel to? In v. 4, Paul said he and his companions, “Have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Gospel.”In 1 Corinthians 9 that he was a steward of the Gospel. Steward means manager or superintendant. All believers are stewards of the Gospel. Is this applicable to today? Well, all believers are given the Holy Spirit so therefore all believers are given the power to witness or to give the Gospel. Yes, all believers are to be witnesses.

When and where is the Gospel to be preached? Paul told Timothy in 1 Tim. 4:23 to, “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season.” Timothy was to, “preach the Word.” This was to be his focal point in ministry. Being ready would seem to indicate that Tim should be prepared to preach no matter what is going on.  There was not a time that he should be ready. In Acts 16:6-7, “They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them.” Don’t you find it interesting that the Holy Spirit and Jesus would prevent the preaching of the Gospel? There are times when it is not appropriate to share the Gospel. The when of preaching the Gospel would be when led by the Spirit, but always being ready. Where is wherever the Spirit leads.

All Christians are to preach the Gospel. If you’re not doing, today is a good time to start.

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