So far, we’ve talked about our motives for sharing the good news. We’ve talked about getting ready to share the good news. This week, we’ll talk about actually sharing the good news.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Mat 28:18-20)
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mar 16:15)
Today’s study really only has one point. You could boil that one point down to one word: go! The passages you read, known as The Great Comission, record a common starting point. Christ said His followers must go with the gospel.
Evangelism is an active pursuit. Christ didn’t tell us to sit around waiting for someone one to ask for our help. We’ve got to escape our routine and make an on-purpose effort to get the good news out to a needy world. You’ve got to go into a lost world and open your mouth. Step out – speak up.
Who should you tell once you go? The simple, biblical answer is everyone. I know, you want to find just the right person, the one whose brother witnessed to him last week, the one who is in the midst of a personal disaster and is ready to hear. Forget it. The command is to tell everyone. Am I denying the Spirit’s leadership in soul winning? No. I think many believers use this as an excuse to be silent. “The Spirit didn’t lead me,” they say. Often that’s just a cover up for fear. The rule is “ever creature” so silence should be the exception. If you were in a burning hotel, would you pray about who to warn? Would you speak in hushed tones to one or two of your fellow guests who seemed most open to your message? Of couse not.
What About You?
- Are you obeying Christ’s command to go with the gospel?
- Is sharing the good news with every creature the rule for you, or the exception?