So, have you ever sat through a great sermon where The Gospel wasn’t shared? I haven’t, and I’d venture to say neither have any of you. How do I know that?
Simple. A sermon cannot be classified as “great” or even “good’ for that matter if the Gospel isn’t proclaimed.. As-a-matter-of-fact, it could be classified as a waste of time. A waste of time for the pastor and a waste of time for those listening. If the Gospel of Jesus isn’t shared and proclaimed, then what was the purpose? To teach a life-lesson? To make people feel warm and fuzzy? Don’t get me wrong, there are times and places for all things, including life-lessons and inspirational messages, BUT NOT in lieu of The Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Not to share The Gospel every sermon is to be in direct conflict and offense of the teachings of scripture, because it negates an opportunity for someone to be saved.. Romans 10:14
What about those who give invitations without sharing The Gospel? Well, giving an invitation without the message of The Gospel invites emotional responses – not repentant ones.. So, quite possibly a response to an invitation void of The Gospel could be false. Again, Romans 10:14.
How are they to believe if they’ve never heard? How are they to hear without someone preaching?
Why do I say these things? I don’t say them, The Word of God does!
Mark 1:15, Mark 13:10, Mark 16:15, Matthew 24:14, Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 1:16, Acts 4:12, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 10:42, Romans 10:14, Ephesians 1:13, Colossians 1:5-6, 1 Corinthians 9:14-16, Luke 4:43, Psalms 96:2-3, 2 Timothy 1:9, 2 Thessalonians 2:14
I know it sounds like I’m being hard on pastors, and I guess I am.. We have a responsibility.. My ordination certificate doesn’t say “Minister of life-lessons or Minister of feel-good” It says “Minister of The Gospel” and I take that serious, as should all pastors who have been called to preach..
There’s a quote that gets thrown around quite a bit by Christians.. It says,
“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” – St. Francis of Assisi
Let me say this.. The Gospel is the announcement of an event that really occurred. It’s not something we can do, but rather it’s the saving work of Jesus.. It’s something we must proclaim! Our lives will show its ramifications, but if we’re going to make the Gospel known, we’re gonna do so with words.. So, let’s preach The Gospel, and let’s use words, since they’re necessary. May they be clear and bold words that call those inside and outside the church to follow Jesus.