Preaching Christ Crucified

What is of utmost importance? The number one job of the Christian and the last command of the Savior. That would be the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost. Not all who preach the Gospel will do it for a good reason.

As Paul said, some preach Christ out of rivalry or envy. What is important is that Christ is proclaimed as crucified and risen again for the forgiveness of sins. God will use it for the saving of souls because it is the Gospel and it has the power to save. It is not us but the Lord’s power. Not the preacher but the Prince of Peace.

Do not worry if you stumble or stammer as you share the Gospel. Learn from your mistakes and keep going. Paul was not eloquent but effective. Do not try to stop others who are sharing His Word as best they can. God can use them as well to bring the soul-saving power of the Gospel to the lost. Nothing will go to waste.

I have heard of Atheists preaching the Gospel and reading entire books of the Bible on video. Posting them online for others to watch. They thought they were ridiculing those who preach it and making fun of the Message of Christ. Yet, hundreds of thousands of Atheists and others are watching and hearing the Words that may change their souls. You never know what God will use to turn them from death to life.

So, I say if one is proclaiming Jesus and the Gospel for any reason, leave them be. Praise the Lord that the Gospel is being proclaimed by any means possible. They don’t even know that they are doing the will of God. Isn’t it interesting that in the Law, it is written: “Through men of strange tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people,” God speaks in many ways you don’t even realize.

Keep doing the will of God in your life to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Step out in faith and speak up for Christ. Remember not to worry if you stumble or stammer or don’t think you are doing it right, you will learn. Because God is the teacher. So preach Christ wherever you go anyway. In whatever you can do. Whether it is in your own words or by handing out Gospel Tracts, written or spoken.

God says, “It shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose.”

I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from goodwill. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,  Philippians 1:12-18


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