It’s been almost two months since I last updated this blog. I was very busy with ministry, work, studies, not to mention my computer which broke down and I couldn’t afford for a replacement until last Monday. Starting from today I will try my best to post updates regularly.
Since I have posted a lot of sermons I decided to publish something different today. The following is a small group study on “The Lord’s command to preach the Gospel” by Rev. Roy Isaac.
Preaching the gospel is also called sharing the good news or witnessing. “To witness” is a command the Lord Jesus Christ has given to all his followers and the church. There’s no other option. It is God given duty that must be done. Paul had this to say about preaching the good news “Woe to me if I do not preach this gospel”
01. Why were the saints commanded to preach the gospel?
A. God loves man more than all creation. To him a soul of a man is of more value than the whole world.
I. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, (John 3:16)
II. So that no one should perish but all should have eternal life.
III. God does not wish that any should perish. (2 Peter 3:9)
IV. He wishes for all to repent.
B. God created man and woman higher than the rest of his creation, in order to have fellowship with God.
I. Created in the image and likeness of God, (Genesis 1:26-28)
II. Blessed them and gave them authority over creation.
III. He came to them during the coolness of the day, (Genesis 3:8)
C. The enormity of this task: God who began the work of seeking the lost (evangelism), has entrusted to us the responsibility of fulfilling this work. Example: Harvesting and gathering before the harvest is spoilt.
I. God searched and called to Adam and Eve, (Genesis 3:9)
II. The good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)
02. The commission of the Lord
I. Disciple all nations, baptize and teach them, (Matthew 28:19-20)
II. Preach the gospel to all people in all the world, (Mark 16:15-18)
III. Preach repentance for the forgiveness of sins to all people, beginning at Jerusalem.
IV. Just as the Father sent Jesus, Jesus sends us, (John 20:21)
V. From Jerusalem, to Judea, to Samaria and to the ends of the earth, (Acts 1:8)
03. He has also empowered us with authority along with every commission
I. His power – You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, (Acts 1:8)
II. His presence – And I will be with you until the end of the age, (Mark 28:20)
III. Jesus, the anointed one in turn anoints us.
IV. His power to do signs and wonders, (Mark 16:17-18)
Let us commit to fulfill this powerful commission. Amen. May the Lord bless you!
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