Preaching the Gospel 101

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“Go therefore[c] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”

(Mat 28:19)

 

Every believer must understand the gospel accurately and know it enough to teach it. It is not a job for pastors alone, but for every believer.

 

You must learn to take your teaching ministry seriously. Jesus had no pulpit! His disciples didn’t follow a ministry, they followed a person. One who was quick to teach every chance he got. The ministry of reconciliation has been given to you. It’s up to you whether or not people hear the gospel. You have a huge role to play in causing others to grow in the faith.

 

Are you taking this responsibility seriously? Who is following you to learn nothing else but the doctrines of Christ? In your mouth, you hold the information, the power that can get people saved from sin and eternal damnation. What are you doing with it? “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Rom 1:16).

 

Now that you know how important it is, here are some simple ideas to help you out. One thing you can do is preach in a vehicle. The wonderful thing about preaching in a vehicle is that you have a captive audience. Until they get to their bus stops, people have no choice but to listen to you. You also get to speak to a large number of people at once. Even if you feel afraid, get past the first one or two words and you’d feel even more confident. Try to rehearse what you want to say beforehand within the estimated time your journey takes. Be respectful and kind to those around you, including the bus conductor. If you can afford it, you can pay the fare of someone preferably elderly person or a little child. Make sure you focus on what is most important, be relatable and use words that people understand.

Talk about the gospel on social media. Share your pastor’s posts or your lessons from church. When speaking to people one on one, you can start with conversations about eternal life. That always gets people thinking. You may not be perfect at first, but the important thing is that you make the effort and watch your abilities improve with practice.

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