Teaching and Spreading the Good News of Christ Part 1
Matthew 28:18-20 – And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
We have been entrusted with the assignment to preach and teach our world the good news, both in word and in deed. The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news indeed. It is more than a positive message; it is a transformation message. We are saved to save others. We are changed to be world changers. Anywhere true Christianity is lived out, change is inevitable. Spreading the good news encompasses teaching, preaching and living it out. A wise man said, “I learned more from my father by watching him for one week than from a lifetime of instruction”. We are to be the living gospel. St Francis of Assisi said “preach the gospel at all times and if necessary use words”. Our actions and lifestyle preach the gospel more than our words. I spend more time building my character than my sermons because the real message is the way I live out my life before others.
Today, we are to bring our method of evangelism into perspective i.e. we need to understand that we are the light and salt of this world. It is by living out the gospel that keeps the world from decay. I rarely tell people I’m a pastor yet a large number ask me for prayer and spiritual advice on a regular basis. Before you invite people to church, let your life invite them to Christ. I observe that we make a more lasting impression on people with our actions and attitude than with our words. Don’t get me wrong; our words are very important in communication but they are only a third of our tools of communication. We communicate with words, body language and spirit. Our actions are the combination of the spirit and body language. Therefore we need to be more intentional in the way we communicate the gospel.
Bringing people to be born again and joining the church is great but what is greater is disciple-ling them for Christ and this only happens when we do life with them and live out our gospel before them. Friend, preaching the gospel is not “do what I say” but it is “do what I do”. I pray that you will live your life before all, as a disciple of Christ and as a result, you will make disciples for Christ. We all start our Christian walk as followers, then into discipleship (disciplined followers) and then we become “disciplers” (making disciple of others). We are destined to become “disciplers” after we become and remain as disciples ourselves.
For Further Study
John 15:16, Matthew 7:16-20
Personal declaration for the day
I will be a minister of the gospel, first by my behaviour and then by my words. My godly actions will speak louder than my words. Amen.
Questions for you to reflect on
What does the gospel mean to you?
Do you know that you are a carrier of the gospel of Christ?
Do you think your known character among the ungodly will draw them to God?
Do you reflect Christ naturally or do you have to force an act?