Yesterday, our younger group of Preacher boys met and, as is our habit, we recited the Gospel Message (that all of us are sinners, and because we sin we deserve death, that Jesus came, born of a virgin, and lived a perfect life as one of us, that He was nailed to a cross, but in being nailed to a cross, He nailed our sins to the cross, that He died, was buried and rose again on the third day, conquering death, that He is sitting, alive, at the right hand of the Father, and someday shall return to rule and reign, and we can have eternal life with Him if we follow Him and are born again). The boys and I talked about how we need to know the Gospel, and that not everyone knows it, and we should remind ourselves of it every day. I then asked them “Who needs the Gospel?” and this was the list they came up with:
Friends, people who do bad, people who do good, people who go to church, people who don’t go to church, crazy people, teachers, enemies/bullies, athletes (“and everybody else” was said when I stopped writing their suggestions). When I asked them who needs to tell them, one of the boys suggested I can do it. The problem, though, was that I can’t be everywhere at once, I don’t have a pass to just enter the school campus and tell their friends, and they are in their own homes and neighborhoods. So the question of “who needs to tell the Gospel?” was answered by each boy there as “we do!”
Every day, we meet someone for whom Jesus has died. Every day, we encounter someone who needs to hear the Gospel (that is, the Good News of Jesus). God didn’t send preachers, teachers, elders, deacons, evangelists and other church servants to be the sole reporters of this Good News, He sends His entire church! We’re all called to share the good news with everyone, whether friend or enemy, and to lead those receptive of it to Jesus Christ. Who Needs the Gospel? Everyone! Who needs to tell the Good News? Anyone who follows Jesus!
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
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. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”