Preaching the gospel

Being an evangelist is the greatest thing one can ever do. How wonderful to be chosen of Lord to feed his flocks. One might desire to move men and mountains for the Lord yet how simple a call -feed my lambs.  “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” -Rom 10:15. Yes indeed how beautiful, for by what we preach we will save both ourselves and those that hearken.

Alas, how in contrast to the scripture we see people preach personal experiences and testimonies in the crowds and from the pulpits. What a sad deviation from the scriptural truth. Oh well we might see a thousand people converting; aha how refreshing. But are we really pleasing the Lord? Certainly not, could our effort in disobedience please the Lord? Wouldn’t he save souls despite us? Are our testimonies and hardships greater than the sufferings of the cross? Bible records how Saul wanted to please Jehovah by sacrificing bullocks and rams, but the striking answer from the prophet Samuel was “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.”

Dear preachers and Evangelists it is very important for us to strictly preach as the oracle of God. Preach Christ crucified, buried and resurrected; not our personal testimonies or its effect in our life. There is no salvation in knowing Christ as healer or the helper, if it were so, all those crowd that followed Jesus for food or healing would have been saved. The object of God is to glorify his Son. For a bad preaching will lead to wrong doctrine, wrong doctrine leads to wrong idea about the salvation which might lead one to not be saved despite being a Christian.

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9 thoughts on “Preaching the gospel

  1. johnorth

    Your message was well written and very good. I agree with most of it. We cannot sacrifice God’s truth for feelings of emotions, or seeker sensitivity. Yet, there is power in a personal testimony. The woman at the well in Samaria is a good example, another is the demonized man, who after his delivers deliverance and conversion was given a ministry of ten cities. Jesus saying to him, you go and tell them the good things the Lord did for you.

    It’s all about balance

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    1. brethern Post author

      Amen to that. My post was mostly for the so called preachers that preach their own testimonies more than Lords. Trying to inspire people from their lives.

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  2. chrisehutto

    Many preachers rely heavily on emotional stories to get their point across instead of teaching repentance and then grace. God is more than just a helper. He is a righteous Judge. But I also believe that a personal testimony can be used for His glory when presented honestly, with Him as the focus.
    May God bless you,
    Chris

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    1. brethern Post author

      Thanks for the comment. I couldn’t agree more. My post is only for those that make the gospel Second to testimony. It’s a common phenomenon at least here in Bhutan. God bless you.

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  3. Doreen

    I liken personal testimony of victory over hardship as evidence of God’s power and presence in our lives — Healing leads us to be better leaders in our community – and saying, I overcame and you can too — We need to share — The truth sets us free — and shame is a roadblock that God unlocks through His light and love — Identification with the one preaching or teaching helps set others free to hear the word of truth and find the way to heaven, and even the heaven here on earth, by expressing their God given gifts that sometimes lay dormant because of spiritual brokenness. Yet, I do agree that God must be glorified and Christ must be in the center of teaching for the good of the Kingdom.

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  4. nwalford

    Well to some extent!
    If you read in the book of Acts some of Paul’s evangelistic sermons, you find he is often using his own testimony of his dramatic conversion experience to put his point across. (Combined with a clear statement of the gospel facts of course).
    So I guess God is ok with that

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    1. brethern Post author

      I guess I got your point. But my point here is an awareness against the so called preachers who rely heavily on their own testimonies. While really preaching what Christ did for them than what he has done for the world. As in Paul’s case, we hardly see him giving his testimonies to the the general believers, instead in his defense in front of the Jews and in front of the King Agrippa. His intend here was to preach the Christ resurrected to the Jews who denied so.

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