There are six billion people (Mk 16.15) in the world who must have the gospel preached to them that they might believe on Christ, and be saved (Mk 16.15 & Acts 16.31). But, "how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without a preacher (Rom 10.14)."
Preaching means to tell the good news to another in person with our mouth. It's simple to preach the gospel. First ask another if they have heard the good news (Gospel means good news.) or say "good news" and preach - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.3-4)." This gospel according to the scriptures saves others the instant they believe on Christ (1 Cor 1.21 & 4.15, Rom 1.16, Jn 3.36 & 6.47 and Acts 16.31). See 47 PASSAGES ON BELIEF that show a person is saved by believing on Christ and SAVED! for a definition of 'saved' on www.preach-the-gospel.org).
The gospel is simple to preach but there are obstacles that must be overcome:
Unbelief - We simply don't believe the gospel saves so we don't preach it (Mk 16.15, Rom 1.16, 1 Cor 1.21 & 4.15).
The sinner's prayer - Christians have been taught that to be saved a person must confess to God that they are a sinner, ask His forgiveness, and ask Christ to come into their heart. The scriptures have been misinterpreted and taken out of context to support the sinner's prayer (See THE SINNER'S PRAYER on www.preach-the-gospel.org). A person is not saved by a prayer, but by believing on Christ after the gospel is preached to them (Mk 16.15, Acts 16.31 & 1 Cor 1.21). Jesus warns: "Take heed and beware of the leaven (doctrine) of the Pharisees and Sadducees (Mt 16.6 &12)" "Though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed (Gal 1.8)." wrote the apostle Paul. "As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel to you than they you have received, let him be accursed (Gal 1.9).
Fear of rejection - The gospel can be preached in three seconds, before a person has time to reject it. Most believe on Christ and are brought into fellowship with us (Read 1 Jn 1.3, Mk 16.15 & Rom 1.16). Even the most hardened heart is unable to resist the power of the gospel. Get out of your comfort zone and start preaching it.
We are ashamed of Christ (Mk 8.38). Be a fool for Christ (1 Cor 4.10). When we confess Christ to others he confesses us to His Father in heaven thereby giving us more grace to boldly preach the gospel as we ought to (Mt 10.32, Eph 6.19-20). Start with the easy catches like people behind the cash register and work your way up to the bikers.
Lack of Education? - Another of Satan's lies (Jn 8.44) is that we must have a seminary degree to preach the gospel. Peter, James and John were uneducated fishermen, yet when the people saw their boldness and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled (Acts 4.13). It doesn't take a degree or a pulpit to tell another person - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day." In fact, Christ commands us to preach the gospel in the world, not in the church (Mk 16.15).
Six billion people must have the gospel preached to them (Mk 16.15 & Mt 28.20). Ask those who God puts in your path if they have heard the good news or declare "Good News" and tell them - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day." The instant they believe on Christ, after the gospel is preached to them, they are saved (Jn 3.36 & 6.47, Acts 16.31, Rom 1.16 & 1 Cor 1.21).
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