1 Corinthians 9:16 What Needs To Be Said

 

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For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 1 Corinthians 9:16

Paul had just stated that he was willing to do whatever it takes to get the gospel message to the people. He did not want to hinder it from getting to anyone who needs to hear it. Now he states that he must preach the gospel message, regardless of any cost.

People usually look for a benefit in doing something. There has to be a benefit in doing an action, prior to their desiring to do it.

When a person invests money, he expects to receive a significant increase in his investment. When a person exercises, he expects to see immediate results in the workout. The benefit can be a quick, short-term one or a long-term one. If there is no direct benefit, however, he will most likely stop the action and not continue it.

Believers will often do certain actions because they know there are some great benefits to it. However, there are some things, that regardless of what benefits one may or may not receive, it needs to be done.

Preaching the gospel is one action every believer should do, regardless of the benefits. When the gospel is preached, sometimes it will be well received, while other times it may bring on persecution.

Many believers will stop the preaching when the persecution begins. They do not want to receive trouble, yet, the gospel still needs to be preached.

No believer is a believer, unless someone had preached the gospel to him. One must hear, before he can believe.

The preaching of the gospel is just sharing what Jesus did in the life of a believer. Telling others why he believes in Jesus.

One of the great priorities in your life should be to preach the gospel message. There are billions of people in this world who are dying not knowing the salvation Jesus provides. They need a chance to hear the gospel message.

Be willing to share what God is doing in your life with everyone you meet. Do not be the one who did not share, when you had the opportunity. This may be the one reason a person does not get into heaven and goes to hell.

Don’t make your life only about yourself, but about others in telling the gospel message.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that God will remove fear of telling the gospel message; and that God will give you the words to say.

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Mark 6:12 The Important Message

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They went out and preached that people should repent. Mark 6:12

Jesus started to have His ministry expand through the disciples. He sent them out in groups of two to the different villages to preach the gospel message, while He continued teaching in each village. Their focus was to preach that people should repent of their sins.

The whole focus of Jesus’ ministry was to reach and save the lost. He came to save every person on this earth from their sins. The only way a person could be saved from his sins is by his repenting of those sins and accepting the forgiveness that Jesus offered. Believing in Jesus with repentance of sins allows a person to be saved.

People need to hear this saving message. However, many churches do not talk about it, but maybe once a year. Christian speakers rarely talk about being saved. They talk about how to live for God, how to be a good Christian, and the blessings of being a Christian, but rarely give people a chance to become saved.

Many believers may go out into the workplace or community and talk about the blessings of God or the talk against various specific sins. The challenge is that often there is no message of repentance of those sins and turning to Jesus.

Some will say that they are not preachers and leave that to the preacher only. The disciples were not certified preachers, they only spoke of what they knew. Every believer can preach the gospel message. All one has to do is tell what he knows and why and how he became saved. The world needs to hear that.

When the gospel message is first preached, then salvation will occur and God can do many miracles. The miracles are signs of what God is doing inside. Salvation cannot be seen, but the miracles can. Then lives will be changed and God’s kingdom will grow larger.

As you go out today seek opportunities to share the gospel message of salvation with those you meet. Show the need to repent of sins and turn to Jesus.

Do not just speak against the sins, but also show God’s great love and plan for them. God does not want anyone to die in their sins. He wants everyone to be saved. Are you taking that gospel message to everyone you know?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will share you testimony of God’s work in your life with others; that you will not be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus; and that you will preach salvation to all you meet.

2 Timothy 4:2 Be Ready With The Word

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2

When people hear the statement that they should preach the Word (the Bible) many start saying that they are not a preacher or a pastor. Others may say that is not their gifting. Preaching, in the way Paul is using it, is just a way of saying to tell other people the Word. To tell people what God’s Word says.

Believers are to be ready at all times to speak God’s Word to someone who needs to hear it. It is not just for Sunday mornings or just in the pulpit. God’s Word is applicable to everyday life for every person.

Three reasons are given for speaking God’s Word to someone: for correction, rebuke and encouragement.

Correction is for believers who are off slightly in their thinking about God’s ways. Some people will have beliefs that are not correctly aligned with the Bible. Sometimes these are just by mistake or misunderstanding. Knowing the Bible fully will help a person correct those mistakes.

Others will be defiantly doing things that God directly disapproves of. These people need to be rebuked. Let them know that what is being done is sin and God does not like it.

The third way is with encouragement. People go through tough times in life. Life can get depressing and difficult. Believers may know in their mind that God is helping them, but they need someone to encourage them to believe it. Giving them a piece of God’s Word showing that He is in control and loves them will go a long way for a person. It will build them up.

All of these ways of using God’s Word is to be done with a lot of patience and careful instruction. Do not beat someone over the head with God’s Word. Show God’s love and mercy to each person. Make sure that the Word you are speaking is correct and what the person needs to hear.

Read and study God’s Word. Be ready to tell someone what God has to tell them. Allow God to use you to correct, rebuke and encourage other believers and non-believers.

Do not be afraid to “preach,” it is just telling others what God wants to tell them.

I pray today that God will reveal to you His Word; that God will guide you by His Holy Spirit in correctly using it; that you will not be afraid to tell others what God says; and that God will use you to touch the lives of others for Jesus.