Preach the Gospel

January 11th 2024

Preach the Gospel  

If you were to die tonight, where would you spend your eternity?

That's the ultimate question facing all of us.

Hebrews 9:27 affirms the inescapable reality of death when it declares, “and inasmuch as it is appointed unto a man to die once, and after this comes judgment.” This means that if you're a Christian—if  you know and believe the glorious truth that God is holy, man is sinful, Christ is Savior, and salvation comes only through repentance and faith—then you’re one of the most important people in the world.

You hold in your hands the gospel key that unlocks the gates of heaven. The question is, what are you doing about it?

Our world is headed to hell in a handbasket, drowning in sin, deception, and false religion. Our neighbors, coworkers, and family members desperately need to hear the life-giving news of the gospel; which makes you, dear Christian, one of the most important people in the world. And as I’m going to argue, it implies that gospel-proclamation ought to be your life’s work. Not your occupation, but your sacred involvement.

Said differently, every Christian must preach the gospel, not occasionally, but as a lifestyle. And to be clear, when I say “preach” I don’t mean preach from a pulpit. I mean verbally declare that the wrath of God abides on sinners (John 3:36), and only through the atoning blood of Christ can they be forgiven and brought into a right relationship with Him. Three biblical realities drive the forgoing assertion. As a believer you ought to preach the gospel as a lifestyle pattern and practice because:

1) The need is great.

2) The gospel is essential.

3) You are God's method.

The Need is Great

Why should you embrace your personal responsibility to proclaim the gospel as a regular lifestyle pattern? Because the need is great. The fleeting nature of life highlights the greatness of the need.

Isaiah 40:6 teaches that, “All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it.” Flowers and grass are here today and gone tomorrow. That’s a picture of mankind.

James uses a different analogy to stress the same point. In James 4:4, he writes, “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”

Your life is like the smoke that rises up from a candle and disappears. Adding to the urgency of the need for gospel proclamation is the fact that sin is deadly. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death…”

And how many people have sinned? “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23). That’s universal condemnation. By the way, the death mentioned in Romans 6:23 isn’t mere physical death. No, it’s the eternal separation and unending agony awaiting all who those who don’t know Christ. In a word, it speaks of hell, a place of never-ending torment, where sinners are subjected to the infinite wrath of God, forever.

Unsettling as the concept of hell is, the Bible plainly affirms its reality. Revelation 20:15 says, “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

In Mark 9:47-48, Jesus provides these sobering words:  “If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell, where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.”

The word for “hell” is Gehenna, which refers to a ravine south of Jerusalem that was a trash dump. The Jews burned the trash there, so the fires were always burning and the smoke always rising. That’s the picture of hell.

So why should you proclaim the gospel as a lifestyle conviction?

Because the need is great.

The Gospel is Essential

There’s a second reason to proclaim the Gospel: because it’s essential. The gospel is the exclusive path to paradise. Acts 4:12 says, “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus declares, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

The road to heaven isn’t a superhighway. It’s a one-lane road. And yet, most people think the path to heaven is broad and easy. They imagine that all you have to do is be a good person, try hard, sprinkle a little religion into your life, and ask God for forgiveness once in a while.

But the truth is dramatically different. The way is narrow and the standards are high. Repentance and faith in Jesus Christ are required.  So preach the gospel because there is no salvation without it.

The Method is You

Lastly, believers ought to preach the gospel as a lifestyle conviction, because they are God’s method for evangelizing the world. God could have written the gospel in the sky with fire. He could have sent an army of angels to preach the good news. But He didn’t.

Instead, He entrusted believers like you with the greatest message ever told and instructed us to go far and wide, telling everyone about it. Did you know that as a believer, you’ve been personally recruited by the King of everything?

That’s right. You’re an official representative of the King, armed with His message, empowered by His authority, and stamped with His approval. 2 Corinthians 5:20 tells us, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

My friends, your mission is to go to a lost and dying world and beg and plead with lost sinners to turn from their sins and to believe in Christ.

The great preacher Charles Spurgeon describes it this way, saying: “If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay…If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”[1]

That’s what it is to be an ambassador for Christ. That’s why you must preach the Gospel as a lifestyle conviction. Because the need is great, the gospel is essential, and you are God’s method.

The question is, how are you going to respond?

[1] Charles Haddon. Spurgeon. Sermons of the Rev. C. H. Spurgeon of London (United States: Sheldon, Blakeman and Company, 1864), 333.

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Author: Jeremiah Dennis

A Southerner at heart, Jeremiah loves travel, exercise, and missions. And he's always looking for opportunities to practice his Spanish and French.