by Patte Smith on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 11:57am
Preach the gospel & yes folks, using WORDS IS necessary.
In fact Jesus said: "GO... and PROCLAIM (this means OUT LOUD) as you GO, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 10:6,7
Peter preached (OUT LOUD) saying: “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:38
And again Peter preached OUT LOUD: "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that He may send the Christ" Acts 3:19-20
So, when someone comes out with some new fangled idea or 'event' or 'movement' which calls for INHIBITING THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL ... RUN! Run for your life! Why? Because that is suppressing the truth in unrighteousness, that's why! Accept no glamorous or cool substitute over the revealed instructive commands of Jesus Christ. When you GO to the lost, don't settle for anything less (or other) than LAW & GRACE OF GOSPEL WORDS. Mark my words, God will bring many opportunities for loving deeds when there is true gospel proclamation. Never forsake or suppress the preaching of the mercy and truth of the gospel.
Neither saints nor sinner can hear silence.
"Faith comes by HEARING & HEARING comes by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17)
And if you don't understand the gospel and recognize that you have not learned to articulate it, go to seasoned BIBLICAL gospel sharers and follow them around. Pass out tracts while they preach. Listen. Pray. Study the Word. Ask good questions. That's the Jesus' model of becoming a disciple & equipping yourself for works of ministry. Also, listen to Hell's Best Kept Secret:
Use the study notes.
But, please, PLEASE do not invent some hip, cool, new way of 'outreach' & do not follow or promote anyone who does. The gospel of life & eternity is enough.
You will always find plenty of counterfeit religious activities out there which substitute spiritual sounding things for the biblically mandated things. When you do, don't be fooled. Run! Run for your life!
We don't need a new kind of Christianity. The old kind, instituted by Jesus Christ and propagated by His disciples, works just fine. ~ Daniel Beaudoin