"And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel (Eph 6.19)."
Preaching the gospel is telling the good news of Christ's death, burial, and ressurection to another in person with our mouth (Eph 6.19 & Col 4.3) even if they don't want to here it. "For it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching (the gospel) to save them that believe (1 Cor 1.21b)."
They have to hear it else how can they believe it (Rom 10.14). I use what I call the 'Good News Card' as a teaching tool only after preaching the gospel to another. If we hand the card to them, which has the gospel written on it, and ask them to read it, it goes right over their head. They just don't get it. It's the same with bible tracts, radio & tv, the internet and satellite. We must tell them in person with our mouth (Telephone works.).
The reason christians have resorted to bible tracts is that they have not been taught the simplicity of the gospel. In it's place they have substituted a 'plan of salvation' which can only be preached from the pulpit. Anything can be preached from a pulpit because you have a captive audience, but to have a pulpit takes four years of seminary (I call it cemetary). Even with a pulpit it is being preached to a congregation that is tired of hearing it week after week (See Seminary or Cemetary? on www.preach-the-gospel.org.) . We need to preach the gospel outside the church doors. Christ command to every believer is - "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mk 16.15)." But how can we preach the gospel if we don't know what the gospel is and the church is teaching something that can't be preached outside the church doors?
It doesn't take seminary to preach the gospel, just a willingness to open our mouth and utter - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.3-4)." after asking another if they have heard the good news (Good news means gospel). This takes a degree of boldness, but we ought not to be ashamed of telling others the good news (gospel) for it allows them to believe on Christ and be saved (Jn 6.47, Acts 16.31 and Rom 1.16). If we are ashamed of Christ and his words he is ashamed of us (Mk 8.38), but when we confess Him before men He confesses us before his Father in heaven (Mt 10.32). The mark of a true believer is that they confess Christ (See 1 Jn 4.1-3.).
Remember, "It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe (1 Cor 1.21)." The Apostle Paul is reiterating Christ's command to preach the gospel to every creature, that those who believe and are baptized shall be saved (Mk 16.15-16). The importance of preaching the gospel in person with our mouths (Eph 6.19-20 and Col 4.3-4) can not be emphasized enough (See BELIEVE on www.preach-the-gospel.org.).
We must also teach them that believe to do the same (Mt 28.20), thus multiplying the gospel seed and in so doing fulfill Christ's command (See Teach Them and TURN THE WORLD RIGHT SIDE UP on www.preach-the-gospel.org.).
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