Bible Study Note: The Lord's command to preach the Gospel

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 Preach the Gospel?

A. God loves man above all Creation.

I. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that no one should perish but all should have eternal life. (John 3:16)

II. God does not wish that any should perish. He wishes for all to repent. (2 Peter 3:9)

III. To Him a soul of a man is of more value than the whole world. (Matthew 16:26)

B.  Man is God’s Crown Creation.

I. The Bible says God Created the man and the woman in His own likeness, (Genesis 1:26-28)

II. Blessed them and gave them authority over creation. God created man and woman higher than the rest of his creation, in order to have fellowship with them.

III. The author of the Book of Genesis states He came to them during the coolness of the day, (Genesis 3:8)

C. We are His Spokesmen and Women

I. God who began the work of seeking the lost (evangelism), has entrusted to us the responsibility of fulfilling this work.

II. Just like God searched and called to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:9. (Example: Harvesting and gathering before the harvest is spoiled.)

III. The good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)

02. He has commanded Us

I. Disciple all nations, baptize and teach them, (Matthew 28:19-20). Preach the gospel to all people in all the world, (Mark 16:15-18)

II. Preach repentance for the forgiveness of sins to all people, beginning at Jerusalem.

III. Just as the Father sent Jesus, Jesus sends us, (John 20:21). From Jerusalem, to Judea, to Samaria and to the ends of the earth, (Acts 1:8)

03. He has vested us with Authority

I. He has also empowered us with authority along with every commission so that we are not on our own, (Acts 1:8).

II. His presence will follow us. He promised to be with us until the end of this age, (Mark 28:20)

III. Jesus, the anointed one anoints us. Empowers us to perform signs and wonders, (Mark 16:17-18)

Conclusion

Let us commit to fulfill this powerful commission. Amen. May the Lord bless you!

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