Fact #2: The proclamation of the Gospel is imperative to the Great Commission.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,”
As I travel throughout America, training believers in local churches to share the Gospel, I have often heard a statement that echoes throughout time and geography.
“I will live my life in such a way that people will ask what it is that I have.”
While I appreciate this sentiment, in and of itself, there seems to be a lack of urgency behind the words. When looking around America, we can see many moral issues, crime, depression, poverty, and a lack of hope in people. Unbelievers are crying out for some good news at every turn. In 2013, during a study conducted by The Barna Group, only 52% of evangelical believers said that they shared their beliefs with at least 1 person in the past year in hopes that they might accept Jesus Christ as their savior. This survey was conducted based on the trust and integrity of those surveyed. Even so, only roughly half of believers say that they shared their faith even once in the past year. This fact is a tragedy to the Good News that Jesus came to give us. There is a true urgency for every believer to see the pain, hurt, and need around them and to give the Good News. The verbal proclamation of the Gospel in our everyday life is truly the way in which we will see people experience freedom in Christ. Consider today who is around you. Have you proclaimed the Good News to them yet?.