Why do we share the message of Christ? Is it all about how many people we can get to pray the “sinner’s prayer”? In my last post I talked about how we are to serve the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As important as servanthood is, there’s still more to understand about the Good News.
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:17-18
As God’s people, we must come to the understanding that we are not sent to merely “get people saved”. Our goal is to announce the Good News. When someone accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, that’s only the beginning of the salvation process. As a pastor of over 20 years I am still “being saved” by the power of the Gospel. Remember what Jesus said to His disciples.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
We are to preach or announce the Good News first, then baptize later. Our main job is to announce the Good News. I believe this is the point where we’ve lost sight of what the Good News is all about.
It’s what Paul was talking about in the passage from I Corinthians 1:17-18, above. Our goal shouldn’t be to “get people saved”. We are commissioned to announce the Gospel. According to Paul, it’s sometimes not with words. It’s not even with wise words. The reason for this is that words can sometimes neutralize the cross.
How can that be? Paul continues to explain it to us. He states that the message is foolishness to the unsaved even though it’s the power of God to us. So many Christians think that the Gospel is merely announcing the message of the cross. That’s why so few are turning to Christ these days. We are trying to win them with what they perceive is foolishness. There is another way – it’s the way Paul and the early church turned the world upside-down for Christ.
For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.
The early church brought the Good News with not just words. They brought the Gospel on the scene with the manifestation of the power of God. This is what our generation desperately needs to see.
Question: What will it take to once again see God’s power manifest in His people?