Preaching the Gospel
Proclaiming the Gospel
Sharing the Gospel
Doing something with the Gospel seems to be a central message of the church, but fair question to ask post-Sunday is, “Do I actually ever do anything with it?” I would say that we don’t have much of an option as believers. We are either denying the Gospel and its power in our lives or we are living out the power of the Gospel. With that in mind, I would like for us take a few communiqués to discuss the three fold nature of the Gospel as we find it in scripture.
This three fold nature actually fits neatly into three steps that walk through us our understanding of the Gospel. We cannot skip any of the steps in their relation to each other. Jumping to step two doesn’t work or at least will not work effectively without step one. Skipping two for three won’t work either. We have to walk through an understanding of the Gospel, and there is great joy in the process. So, with that in mind, let’s consider that we first preach the Gospel to our hearts, and then later, we will speak of how we proclaim the Gospel to one another, and we share it to the rest of the world.
Part One: Preaching the Gospel to Our Self.
What does it mean to preach the Gospel to your self? Well, for the life of a believer, we must continually remind our hearts of the truths of the Gospel. Defined, we must remind our hearts that Jesus has qualified us before God in every single way: in death and in life. Jesus’ life qualifies us before God (Romans 5:18). Jesus’ death satisfies the wrath of God (Romans 3:24-26), and Jesus’ resurrection transforms us and guarantees Heaven for all that have faith in Him (1 Corinthians 15:17).
Preaching the Gospel to our self means that all of our confidence is in Christ. We place no confidence in our abilities, our achievements, our obedience, or our track record. 2 Corinthians 3 says, “4 Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.”
Preaching the Gospel to yourself means reminding yourself and praying to God that He will help you remember that every single qualification you need has been secured in Christ. Christ is your sufficiency. Because of this, the Gospel is our hope. We don’t have to prove ourselves. We don’t have to wish we were loved. We don’t have to fear that God doesn’t’ like us any more. All that we could ever hope for has been secured for us Jesus. That truth should and will transform your life. It will give you hope, and it will motivate you to joyful obedience. Ultimately, it will lead you to the next step in the Gospel which we will pursue in our next communiqué.