The Quintessential Gospel Moment

Fusion-590x330It’s not optional.  It’s not a Christian elective.  It’s the trans-generational, ultra dimensional, and transformational command of  Jesus the Christ to PREACH THE GOSPEL.

“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)  This command is inseparable from the command to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.”  (Matthew 28:19,20)

Within the “Go” of Matthew 28:19 is the Gospel of Mark 16:15.  Being a disciple of Jesus necessitates the communication of His Good News.  Yet, it is the one thing that every believer wants to avoid.  You know that moment.  You know that moment when all apparent random occurrences have delivered you into a space and to a person for the purpose of proclaiming His message.

It’s awkward, uncomfortable, offensive, and imposing.  It’s scary.  You’ll do anything to avoid it.  You’ll package it, get others to professionally personify it, and put it behind pulpits.   You’ll train for delivering the gospel message, you’ll talk about the gospel message with believers, you’ll try anything to create optimum environments for easing into gospel conversations (being missional), but when it comes right down to it, you won’t initiate the disciple making process where, when, and how Jesus told you to.

And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? (Romans 10:14-15)

The Quintessential Gospel Moment is when you have a sent one and the one to whom that person is sent.  You see, the gospel IS the POWER of God unto salvation for those that believe. (Romans 1:16)  You have been authorized and enabled to wield that power.  Wield it!  

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  1. Greg says:

    I have to say Miguel that I find far too many brothers and sisters with hearts of compassion for sharing the gospel, but little to no training, or tools.
    This of course points back to their churches that keep them in diapers, pablum feeding them the same thematic quasi scriptural diet, crippling them.
    I think Matthew 16 is the lens through which a frustrated, seeking soul might see light and wisdom.
    If the command to go is not exercised within the context of training and tools to equip, then its academic, and in fact, preaching has devolved to mostly academics everywhere.
    The whole narrative in Mat 16 is about both religious men and Jesus closest followers, all not knowing who He is, and being dull and slow of understanding, which certainly translates well today.
    Jesus tells Peter ” flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”
    Keys are tools to unlock prisons, and Jesus will give them to those who have a revelation of Jesus as the Christ, which is clearly not all believers.
    Their preaching will be academic but will also be mixed with power, that emanates from a life transforming revelation of Christ by the Holy Spirit.
    And that revelation only comes to us as we trust and obey the little things that God reveals to us, or as we give up the seeming innocuous little idols that hinder us from exploding with his presence and power.
    We should not be putting the cart of the ‘go’ of gospel preaching before the horse of ‘come’ unto me, all you that are heavy laden with fleshly struggles and sin, unless of course we’re not concerned about perpetuating the status quo among the churches that is the crippling us all.
    And all this drags us again back to the bothersome question of the lack of unity of the faith and a daily discipleship together lifestyle that eludes most of the church.

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