The Preaching of the Gospel

THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL

“Woe is unto me,
if I preach not the gospel!.”
I CORINTHIANS 9:16

The ministration of the Gospel is not for a select few; it is the awesome responsibility of every one of His people. Each one of us is CALLED to a unique and specific ministration of HIS LIFE. The Good News of HIS LIFE IS the Gospel. It is most perplexing that we have relegated the preaching of the Gospel to a select few when in reality each of us may be the only Bible that some people are going to see and hear. It is a DAY to live and preach the Gospel to all of those that are around us; to those who are walking in darkness and to those who are walking in the light! We see our brothers and sisters struggling in sin and defeat; they also need the GOOD NEWS that there IS an answer to their struggles! We need to see that the reality of the LIFE of Christ IS the answer for the world. We need to be bearing within our hearts the eternal flame of HIS CRY for all men.

“For thou shalt be his witness
unto ALL men of what thou hast seen and heard”
ACTS 22:15

The criterion of our witness to others is based on what WE have seen and heard! I am not responsible to preach or declare what someone else has seen or heard. My responsibility is to DECLARE WHAT I HAVE SEEN AND HEARD! The question to each of us now is, WHAT HAVE WE SEE AND HEARD? Men who see little have little to show in their lives of our great God. Men who hear little have little to declare of the goodness and majesty of our God.

We live in a day of information overload; a day in which knowledge has increased. Unfortunately, this knowledge has produced little in the Christian Church in North America of a clear and powerful expression of the risen Christ. Too few have burning within their hearts the passion to EXPRESS HIS LIFE in this world. Too many are content to sit in faithless inactivity as it relates to the ministration of HIS LIFE in this world. The apathy of “if God wants it done He will do it” is the statement of a heart that has not touched the core of God’s heart. If “God so loved the world that HE sent HIS SON” will HE not also send you and me? If Paul cried out “Woe is unto me… if I preach not the Gospel” how can we be excused from our own responsibility? In the midst of all the religious activity around us, where is the burden in the lives of individuals to become an expression of HIS GLORY? Where is the sense of HIS CALL upon our lives? Where is the inescapable desire within our hearts for a life in HIM that completely transcends our present reality? Men who have no vision of God will have no sense of the purpose of the life that God has called them unto. We are to be HIS WITNESSES unto ALL men. We are to BE HIS EXPRESSION of all that HE is to ALL MEN! What that expression in each of us is dependent upon what we “have seen and heard” individually. The lack of a burden to reveal HIM, the absence of a cry within each of us to reveal our portion of HIM in the earth, is an all too common sign of the condition of the Day in which we live.

HIS return is predicated on the preaching of the Gospel…

“And this gospel of the kingdom
shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations;
and THEN shall the end come”
MATTHEW 24:12

Brian Troxel

CONTINUE IN HIS GOODNESS

CONTINUE IN HIS GOODNESS

“Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God:
on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness,
if thou continue in his goodness:
otherwise thou also shalt be cut off”
ROMANS 11:22

It is essential to the Christian walk that we discover the life of abiding; of continuing in his goodness. The branch lives only because it is vitally connected to the vine. It has no inherent life of its own; no ability to sustain or to maintain that LIFE within itself. The LIFE of a Christian is not based on a teaching or doctrine as necessary as those are. The LIFE is only available by and through the medium of a relationship with HIM who IS LIFE. A disconnected life, an isolated life, a life that lives only unto itself has lost the vitality and the wonder of the SON. HE IS the LIFE and it is imperative that we “continue in HIS goodness” that we may draw from Him daily HIS sustaining GRACE and MERCY whereby we are able to grow and bear fruit.

“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life,
and this life is IN his Son. He that hath the Son hath life;
and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
These things have I written unto you
that believe on the name of the Son of God;
that ye may know that ye have eternal life,
and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God”
JOHN 5:11 – 13

This eternal life is in the SON and by holding, abiding and living within HIM that life pulsates through us. LIVING, growing and developing in HIM is the real issue of life. It is the great CAUSE of all our seeking and pursuit of HIM. To be content and satisfied with whatever measure we know today is the result of not seeing the desire of HIS heart that HE has purposed for us. This great CAUSE that birthed within the heart of the Apostle Paul expressed in the Book of Philippians…

“…and be found in Him…”
“…that I may know Him…”
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:
but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind,
and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark…”
PHILIPIANS 3:7 – 15

This is to be the actual reality and cry of our heart! Let us ever seek to continue in HIS GOODNESS, in HIS MERCY and in HIS LIFE!

“For IN him we live, and move, and have our being”
ACTS 17:28

Brian Troxel