Christ has called us to preach the gospel to every creature and to make disciples of all nations… teaching them to observe all things He has commanded us (Mk 16.15 & Mt 28.19-20). We must teach others to preach the gospel because we can't preach the gospel to every creature on our own.
Before teaching others to be fishers of men we must first be a fisher of men ourself. We do this by preaching the gospel (telling the good news), but to preach the gospel we must first know what it is. The Apostle Paul clearly defines the gospel in his first letter to the Corinthian Church - "Moreover brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand; by which also you are saved… I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Cor 15.1-4)." Simply put, the gospel is - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day."
Now that we know what the gospel is we can easily preach it with help from a "catch phrase." Asking another if they have heard the good news (gospel means good news.) opens the door to preach the gospel to them. By preaching the gospel to another we give them the opportunity to believe on Christ and be saved (Rom 10.14, 1 Cor 1.21, Acts 16.31, Jn 3,36 &6.47 and Acts 16.31). See SAVED! for a definition of 'saved' on www.preach-the-gospel.org.
Now that we know what the gospel is and how to preach it, we can obey Christ's command to - "Go into all the world and preach the gospel (tell the good news) to every creature (Mk 16.15).", teaching them that believe to observe Christ's command to preach the gospel as well (Mt 28.20). We can be fishers of men.
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