Do We Need to Share the Gospel?

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Why God commands us to spread the gospel

  A lot of people think that only pastors or evangelists need to share God’s Word but in the Bible we can read that God commands each believer to spread the gospel. It is not an option, it is a command.

The Great Commission

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:16-20
The word ‘gospel’ comes from the Greek word ‘euangelion’ which can be translated as ‘good tidings’ or ‘good news’. The gospel is the good news about God’s love and His salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. Good news need to be spread, not kept with yourself. People need to know who God is, about His love for us, what He has done for us, and that there is salvation and eternal life in Jesus Christ. Therefore we are commanded to share the good news with other people alongside the Holy Spirit, who convicts people, draws them closer to Jesus, and converts them.
Here are more Scriptures about God’s command to share the gospel.

Salt and Light

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:13-16
From this Bible passage we can learn that we shouldn’t only spread the gospel but also be the gospel so others can see the good news in our life.

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

The Ascension

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:1-8
I this passage we can read that we should be witnesses of Jesus Christ to the end of the earth, which means we need to spread the good news about Jesus Christ and what he has done for us everywhere.
So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Romans 1:15-17
Here Paul tells us why he is eager to preach the gospel and not ashamed of it. It is because it is the power of God and brings salvation to all who believe. It also reveals God’s righteousness from faith to faith and we shall live by faith. Therefore we should follow Paul’s example and share the gospel.
And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:15
In this passage we can learn that before preaching the gospel, the first step is sending. Who sends us? It’s Jesus. He first send His apostles and now he sends us. Paul refers to a prophecy from Isaiah in the Old Testament about the sending of the preachers and their sharing of the good news when we writes “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”.
And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14
Before the world comes to an end, the gospel needs to be proclaimed throughout the whole world.
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:15-16
Jesus commands the apostles to proclaim the gospel to every creature in the world because only those who believe in the gospel can be saved. Therefore we are to share the gospel with others.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 2 Timothy 3:16
Timothy teaches us that Scripture is for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. We need to share it with others.
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
Romans 10:13-14
People can only be saved when they call on the name of the Lord. They can only call on the Lord if they know Him and believe in Him. Therefore the gospel needs to be preached so people hear about the Lord, believe in Him, and call Him.
Now that we know that we are commanded to share the gospel, let’s talk about how to share the gospel. Since we are not all born as evangelists and can just go and preach the gospel in the streets, how should we do it then?
Well, the answer can be found in Scripture as well.
We all have been given spiritual gifts by the Holy Spirit, at least one.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
Some of us are called into one of the offices of the Fivefold Ministry.
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
Ephesians 4:11-13
We should share the gospel according to our spiritual gifts or offices. As a Scribal Prophet and Teacher I can share the gospel best through writing, teaching, and creativity. Therefore on this blog my focus is mainly on sharing the gospel through writing, teaching, and creativity. It is the way God called me and equipped me.

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