Responsibilities of the Church Day 2 – Preaching the Gospel
“And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’” (Mark 16:15, ESV)
“And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47, ESV)
“Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10, ESV)
When you receive really good news, what’s your first reaction? I immediately want to tell others—my loved ones, my family, my friends, and everyone. In a world where it seems tragedy strikes daily, we especially appreciate hearing good news. Today, I’m going to talk about the best news you can share with anyone you meet: the gospel. It is a message of good news for everyone—it doesn’t discriminate. Anyone can receive it today, and it is so important that we share it with the world.
We can see how important the gospel was to Jesus when He said to His disciples, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” This reveals the great responsibility He has given each believer; each one of us should be involved. He didn’t specifically list preachers and missionaries as the ones to preach the gospel. He also didn’t list only certain nations or groups of people we should be trying to preach to; He said the “whole creation.” Our work here on earth is never finished, and until the Lord calls us home, we have this great commission to preach the good news to a broken, sinful world. May we never take this command lightly; our very Creator and Savior has asked us to tell others how they can experience the free gift of salvation. He gave His life for you and for me; the very least we can do is tell others that He gave His life for them too.
When I think of the tremendous power of the gospel, I’m reminded of the early days of the Church when hundreds and thousands of souls were reached every day. We read in Acts 2 that “the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Peter preached and three thousand souls were saved in one day. In our local church, we may not see this number of people reached and saved every Sunday (if any!), but we still have the responsibility to preach the gospel. Even if one soul is reached and saved, “there is joy before the angels of God.” May we not lose heart as believers as the gospel is preached in our local church gatherings. Even if it feels as though no one is being reached, we have no idea what could speak to someone, nor what an unbeliever in the audience might be thinking.
Even as a saved person, hearing the gospel each week is so refreshing to the soul. While the purpose is often to reach unsaved souls in the audience and have more added to the family of God, it is still such a blessing to be reminded of the grace and mercy of God in salvation. The message of the gospel often humbles me and brings me back to where I should be. I appreciate this quote from Billy Graham: “The ground is level at the foot of the Cross.” Just because I’m saved doesn’t mean that I have no need of Christ now; I need Him now just as much, and more, than when when I was saved. I am no better than anyone else now that I’m a believer; it has nothing to do with me or my “works,” but everything to do with who He is and what He has done.
I pray that you and I may be more bold and more confident in sharing the gospel with other people and that our churches will remain committed to sharing its message. May we not shy away from possibly awkward conversations—these could ultimately lead to eternal life. If I truly grasped the concept of eternity and how final it is, I think my life would look different. Anything I’ve challenged you with today is more for me than anyone else, because there have been opportunities when I could have and should have shared the gospel, and I let those opportunities pass by. We have such a tremendous responsibility to share the good news of the gospel, the message of One who has the power to completely transform our hearts, our lives, and our eternity.