If you’re a mature Christian, the chances are that you have come to expect that The Gospel is preached in every single sermon you hear. You have probably sat through a pretty good sermon but left knowing that it was missing something. You can be the funniest, most stern, or know the most random biblical facts, but if you don’t give people the good news of Jesus Christ, then it was a miss! The Gospel is not just for unbelievers, but it’s for you and every other believer as well. Everyone needs the Gospel because it’s the answer to all our problems. So we need to learn why preaching the Gospel in everyday life is essential.
One thing that we constantly try to tell people here at Boast in Christ is the fact that evangelism is for every believer. Some are more gifted at it, in the same way, that some are more gifted in prayer but praying is not for the select few. Preaching the Gospel is not just for the preacher on Sunday mornings. We are all called to proclaim who Jesus is to the world and make disciples of those very same people.
Mark 16:15 – And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.
Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Shouldn’t Only Pastors be Preaching The Gospels?
Many Christians make a mistake in thinking that this Jesus thing is only for Pastors. People see pastors as the ones who study and feed the Bible to you, so you won’t have to do the work yourself. That is called being spiritually lazy, and it’s not faithful to scripture. Studying the Word of God is not for some, but for all who follow Jesus.
One of the worst things about the western world is calling everyone who loves Jesus into ministry. It’s sad, and it speaks to how much we suffer spiritually. If a man is on fire for Christ, that should be normal, but instead, we take that as meaning that they should be a pastor so that we can’t be compared to them.
It’s as if we say I don’t want to be compared to a normal person who loves Jesus, so tell that person to become a pastor, so I feel better about my mediocre approach to my faith. It’s deplorable! Imagine all Christians were expected to be on the level of a local pastor; God would do so much with that.
Share The Gospel Where You Live, Work and Play
The goal is to share the Gospel anywhere you spend time. You meet people at the park playing with your kids, you have lunch with someone at work or just bump into a neighbor when you’re walking the dog. There are many opportunities to share the Gospel with people you see daily.
This seems daunting because of how people think sharing the Gospel is abrasive. You don’t need to walk up to someone and out of nowhere, say that Jesus died for their sins. That is not always appropriate! But you do need to remember that you have been given the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit will give you the right words to say at the moment.
At the moment, someone may need some encouragement and a suitable Bible verse. Or maybe they need someone to sit and listen, and the Spirit leads you not to talk at all. The point is that you don’t have to worry about knowing what to do because the Spirit will guide you.
Get Used to Having Spiritual Conversations To Help With Preaching The Gospel
You need to get used to just talking about Jesus more often. Talk about what Jesus is teaching you to people. Just make it a part of your everyday life. For example, when you sit down and eat with people, talk about your spiritual growth, talk about Jesus, and normalize it. You don’t have to save talking about Jesus for Church.
When you don’t make these conversations normal, sharing the Gospel seems daunting because you never talk about it. On the other hand, people who share the Gospel well often don’t make a big deal of talking about Jesus; it’s just who they are! When you have conversations with people, ask them how they are doing spiritually. Find out if they are going to a church or reading the Bible at all.
When you talk about what you are learning, talk about the Bible and what God is teaching you and make it a regular rhythm in how you speak. Of course, if people don’t like it, they will not want to be around you at all. But, on the other hand, you will more than likely notice that most people are at least open to the conversation.