“Preach My Gospel”
This is what the voice told me.
I have been dealing with fear over being more open about my faith, largely because of the state our country is in and how much more risky it has become to be passionate about our beliefs.
While it is not an irrational fear, it is something that should not paralyze us with fear.
So, I have chosen to preach the gospel.
There are different avenues each of us can take with this.
We preach the gospel with our actions.
We preach the gospel with our words.
We preach the gospel with a combination of the two.
Regardless of how we do it, we must preach the gospel.
I do not believe that we should exclude the words of the gospel message. To be fair, we are encouraged, even commanded, to be prepared to give a reason for our hope (1 Peter 3:5). But I do believe that sometimes our words hurt more than they help.
So, I want to start very basic here with what the Gospel is about. I’m not going to give an entire Gospel presentation. Just a summary.
Actually, this is an early Church creed. Just as a little note, the translation I have started leaning toward is the Jewish Study Bible, so the names are going to be the original Hebrew names and titles:
“Now, brothers, I must remind you of the Good News which I proclaimed to you, and which you received, and on which you have taken your stand, and by which you are being saved — provided you are holding fast to the message I proclaimed to you. For if you don’t, your trust will have been in vain. For among the first things I passed on to you was what I also received, namely this: the Messiah died for our sins, in accordance with what the Tanakh says; and he was buried; and he was raised on the third day, in accordance with what the Tanakh says; and he was seen by Kefa (Peter), then by the Twelve; and afterwards he was seen by more than five hundred brothers at one time…” (1 Corinthians 15:1-6a).
Wow. Quite a claim for Paul to make. The amazing thing is, what Paul claimed there could be easily verified. I excluded the rest of verse six only because of the length, but Paul goes on to say that the majority of the eye witnesses to Yeshua’s resurrection are still alive. Paul is basically saying, “If you don’t believe me, I can give you a list of names and you can check it out for yourself”.
But there is the Gospel in a nutshell: Messiah died, was buried, and rose again. Simple, right?
“Preach My Gospel”