Just this past week, we had two typhoons hitting our country, and now, we just had one of the strongest earthquakes that have rocked our nation. On October 15, 2013, at exactly 8:12 am, who would have thought or expected that a huge earthquake will hit our country once more in the most unexpected place on our land.
As we watch the destructive effects of the aftermath of the quake, we see people suffering from the devastation of this natural calamity. These people will not have to deal with the earthquake itself, but also how they will rise after the massive blow on their lives.
If you think that is too much, wait until you look at the world scene. The suffering in this world is incomprehensible, beyond our imagination. There are many untold stories of pain and sorrow that has wrought this world.
A Message to Preach
If you are given a chance to get a message across this dying world, what would it be? In this world full of hatred, greed, suffering, and pain, there is no doubt that many people long for good news. In a global scale, millions are dying because of natural calamities, famines, wars, violent crimes, poverty, hunger, accidents, diseases, and the list just goes on and on. We know that things will get worse before they get better. Darker days are still looming ahead with man’s capability of self-destruction. Life here on earth is getting more dangerous with each passing day. So what is the hope in all of these?
What is the answer to today’s problems and suffering?
The answer to that question should be clear to us by now. More than 2,000 years ago, Jesus walked here on Earth to deliver the good news of the coming Kingdom of God. Today, we are commissioned by Jesus to preach the Gospel throughout the world. This is the guiding principle that steadily motivates the effort of the Church in putting significant resources in publishing literature and conducting television programs that would spread the Gospel.
Brethren, God gave us His word, and He revealed to us His truth. What are we doing with the truth God gave us? God never intended that we would just keep the truth. We are not to bury the truth God gave us like the man who buried his talent in the ground.
It is time to look into ourselves and how are we doing in preaching the Gospel in a personal level.
In this message, I want to share with you three ways we can preach the gospel more effectively in a personal level.
Point #1: Treat preaching as your daily spiritual food
If there is one Person, who has walked this earth and has preached the Gospel in the most efficient manner, it would be Jesus Christ. What made Jesus as an effective preacher of the Gospel? What was His motivation? What were His drive and passion?
Let us open to John 4:31-34.
“In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.”
We can see from these verses that one of the sole purposes of Jesus’ existence as a human is to do His Father’s work. He is so CONSUMED with the desire of preaching the Gospel that it becomes His food – His food brethren. So much more that He considers that He will not live without the food, he gets from preaching the gospel and doing the work of God.
How about us brethren? Do we consider preaching the Gospel of God as our daily food? That when we don’t preach it we will die spiritually?
We know how important food is, right? We spend the majority of our daily budget on food. We are aware when we don’t eat on a regular basis; we will become malnourished. Our health will worsen, and eventually we die.
The same with preaching the gospel, we need to make sure that we do it on a daily basis. We need to realize that we will die without it. We must be busy doing our Father’s business, and that is to bring more sons and daughters in His family.
Point #2: Support the work of the Church
Brethren, LET US NOT COMMIT THE MISTAKE THAT PREACHING THE GOSPEL IS ONLY THE WORK OF THE MINISTERS. This is the work of the Church, and you belong to that Church.
Let us read, Verse Matthew 24:45-47.
“Therefore, be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, that he shall make him ruler over all his goods.”
Blessing has already been pronounced to those who will do the work of the Church. When Jesus will finally come back here on earth, will He find us faithful and preaching the Gospel? Or will we be too busy doing our own business that we forget what matters during this lifetime?
The effort of the Church is as strong as its members. If each of us is doing the work, then the effort of the Church will be more substantial. We will be more efficient if we do our part. Remember what Mark 16:15 tells us? It says, go into ALL the world and preach the Good News to everyone – everyone brethren… our publications, Beyond Today Program videos, and sermons will not reach everyone. It is only through our living example and individual effort that we will be able to reach everyone.
So how can you preach the gospel as an individual?
If you are a student, ask your school librarian to display our good news magazines, booklets, and other publications.
If you are an employee, ask your managing department to display our literature in the front desk.
If you are a person who habitually uses the internet, promote our website’s content and links, especially on social networking sites.
Make the people be aware of the wonderful world tomorrow. Be the light of the world! Be a responsible representative of God and an ambassador of His Kingdom. There are many ways that you can spread the Gospel. All you need is actively find and grab every opportunity to share what we believe. Our Life should be filled with the passion of sharing the Gospel. Let us make this our magnificent obsession!
Point #3: Pray for God to bless our effort
Preaching the gospel is the greatest work in the face of the planet. You are privileged and honored to be called in this lifetime and be part of this work. But we cannot do this all alone. This is a very challenging mission that Jesus gave us. If we come and think about it, we are just a small flock compared to other denominations. We have a small budget and limited resources in doing God’s work compared to giant corporations. And yet this is our job. We cannot raise our hands and give up saying to ourselves that this could not be done.
But We live by faith and not by sight. We might waiver when we look at our physical circumstances but God is faithful who would supply all our needs in order to fulfill our God-given mission. We are on God’s side and we could be certain that we will succeed with His help.
Let’s go to I Corinthians 3:5-7.
“Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.”
We are nothing without God’s help… that is the reality. We are to plant the seed, but it is only God who gives the increase.
I can remember, every time we are having the Kingdom of God seminar. I have this burning desire to open their minds and make them see that this is the most beautiful message that they can hear during this lifetime. If only they would listen and take to heart what they hear and learn, they can be part of our Church. I always pray silently that we will see them during the next Sabbath. I mean every person who attends the seminar is a potential member of the Church.
We know that it will take a miracle for them to accept the truth. It is not our job to convert people; it is God’s will and purpose. He is the one who gives the increase. We are just here to preach the gospel and tend to those people who will answer the call.
We are living in a dangerous world. When the US economy falls, we will not have enough budget to support the work since we are subsidized by the US home office. The financial crisis that is plaguing most of the world’s economy and the ever growing problems that we face challenge us, the Church, to preach the Gospel with more ZEAL, INTENSITY, PASSION, AND MOST OF ALL, LOVE FOR THE WORK.
We are not called here in the church to be passive – to just come and go, to be just bench warmer. Do we just sit back, relax, and expect others to do the job? What do you do in between Sabbaths? What do you do? We must be fueled with the zeal and passion of preaching the gospel.
NO matter what I say to you, I know these are nothing until we keep them in our hearts and put it into practice. Let this message not be in vain, but rather inspires us to do the work.
I would like to close this blog with I Corinthians 9:16. It says, “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”
At the end of all this, we must ask ourselves; are we doing our part in preaching the Gospel? If not, we can say the same thing to ourselves. Woe unto us if we do not do our part! Woe unto us, brethren, woe unto us.
I cannot overemphasize this statement enough. We must have an honest examination of our priorities. And see if we are living up to the expectation of Jesus Christ. We have a lot of work to do. We must never grow weary of doing God’s work because, in due time, He will reward us according to our deeds. May we find the motivation and zeal to carry on with this mission and together let us preach the Gospel throughout the world!
Here’s a book that you need to take a look. Its title is “Ashamed of the Gospel (3rd Edition): When the Church Becomes Like the World.” It obtained 4.6 out of 5 stars rating from almost 100 Amazon reviewers.
In the late 1800s, Charles Spurgeon warned that the church was drifting away from the purity of the gospel, candy-coating God’s Word rather than boldly proclaiming the truths of Scripture. As a result, Christianity’s influence in nineteenth-century England was severely weakened. One hundred years later, John MacArthur, troubled by the seeker-sensitive movement and an emphasis on pragmatism within the church, sounded the same alarm with the first edition of Ashamed of the Gospel.
In this newly revised and expanded edition, MacArthur gives an overview of developments in the seeker-sensitive movement since his book was first published in 1993. New material traces the line of pragmatic philosophy from the seeker-sensitive movement through the Emergent phenomenon, explaining why the latter is a philosophical heir of the former and an even greater danger; chronicles the failure of pragmatic approaches to church growth; and emphasizes the importance of evangelicals solidly committed to biblical doctrine rising to positions of leadership. (Get your copy here.)