What good is a candle unless you want to light up a dark room, and what good is a Christian if he wont light up a dark world.
(Matthew 5:14-16) “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Lest The Cross Of Christ Be Emptied Of Power.
(1 Corinthians 1:17) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Beautifully stated, the Apostle Paul pens those powerful words. How often is it the temptation for a Christian to rely on air tight theological arguments to persuade the lost soul to trust Christ, however, the gospel in itself is “The power of God” to transform lives. Although there is a time and place for deep theological discourse, we must though not trust our words or human ingenuity to persuade any one.
When David faced Goliath, Saul tried to equip David with his sword and armor. David refused, it only got in the way of David being able to move well. All he needed to defeat the giant was his sling, a stone, and his faith in Almighty God and Goliath went down.
All we need really is to present the simple message: “God loves you so he came as Christ to die for all the sins you have committed against him and others. He paid it all so you can be made brand new and live a life pleasing to him in His mighty power and strength. If you believe this and genuinely want this, you will be saved. Doesn’t matter what you have done, nor your history or background is because God will save all who put their trust in His only Son Jesus Christ.”
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,-Romans 10:12
Carbon Monoxide is a poisonous gas that kills the victim when the gas molecules attach themselves to red blood cells in such a way as to prevent oxygen molecules from connecting. It is like suffocating without being choked or smothered. It is listed as CO1, the thing is, if it had one extra molecule then it would become a totally different gas and becomes CO2 which is a relatively harmless gas.
In the same way the gospel is the life saving breath we all need, but if you take away any of the elements or add to it, then you get either a counterfeit gospel that won’t save anyone or a dangerous gospel that we often see in cults. Some add works to salvation and some subtract repentance in faith from salvation.
Proverbs 30:6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
Deuteronomy 4:2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.
Revelations 22:18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
Galatians 1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
We cannot alter the message, doing such is disasterous for both us and others.
The message is simple, we are saved by grace by faith in Jesus Christ and none other, not by works or good deeds but a truly changed life will result in obedience and a life lived for God.
The Gospel preached is powerful, but the Gospel demonstrated is even more so. It is ultimately the kindness and love of God that draws men and women to the truth, and when we exercise God’s love as we should it can be that bridge that can reach even the most hostile of unbelievers. Always try to reach their hearts when you cannot persuade their intellect.
The Gospel is not just something we as Christians preach to people. It’s more than that. The Gospel is something we must also invest in people. Relationships are very important when done the right way, since people are relational beings we must be just as willing to walk with them as we do talk to them in our pursuit to share the love and truth of Jesus.
Motives for preaching the gospel
Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter and in spite of his grim looking situation he praised God that the good news about Jesus Christ was spreading through the Roman world. In the midst of being confined in a dungeon without knowing whether his release was coming or his execution, he also had to deal with people who were spreading the gospel but only for the motives to make Paul’s confinement all the more unpleasant.
Philippians 1:15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.16 The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,
The Apostle Paul knew something a lot of us don’t consider today when we share Christ with non believers, in spite of ill motives of some people who may give Christ a bad name with their behavior the truth is that no human being can thwart God’s plan. He realized that the Gospel was the power of God to convert the souls of those who heard it. The people who share Christ out of “envy and rivalry” will receive no reward from the Lord even if it saves thousands. At the end of the day the Lord will look at the size of the heart rather than the size of success. Winning one soul for Christ out of love is better than winning a thousand souls for the sake of selfish prestige.
The second truth Paul was aware of was that even if The gospel was preached out of insincerity by some it would still save some. The power is in the Word of Truth and not the mouth piece