Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Talking About The Gospel

Stop sharing the gospel with the wrong people.

Psalms 40:9-10 I have told all Your people about Your justice. I have not been afraid to speak out, as You, O LORD, well know. 10 I have not kept the good news of Your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about Your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of Your unfailing love and faithfulness.

It is a shame that we are so busy talking about the gospel with believers that we know and we avoid sharing the good news with people that don't know the good news. Conversations about the good news that Jesus saves are easy to have at church or when you are around other believers but they are not the people that we have been told to share the good news with.

The following quotes are from an article that is very convicting. The post ask the question: "Can we talk about the Gospel without telling it?"
Believers must guard against the temptation of talking about the Gospel to those who know it best without taking the Gospel to those who need to hear it most.

Whatever meaning believers ascribe to being "Gospel-centered" should incorporate an understanding that our conversations with unbelievers should center on the Gospel as much as, if not more than, our conversations with believers.

The true test of our Gospel-centeredness isn’t that we merely talk about the Gospel among sympathetic groups of believers; rather, it encompasses our telling the Gospel to apathetic, even skeptical, unbelieving audiences.

The victims of our failure to evangelize are the souls of unbelieving men, women, boys and girls on a trajectory toward hell. For this reason, we must evaluate whether we spend most of our time talking about the Gospel with believers or telling the Gospel to unbelievers.
It is sad that we talk about the good news in our safe little circle of believing friends and we are completely silent around the people that need it most. We don't like to stand out from the crowd as a radical, most of us live by the old saying "when in Rome, do as the Romans do," blending in is a source of security for us.

Red hot radical Christ followers is what we need to be. Pleasing God is impossible to do if you are lukewarm, Jesus said that he finds the lukewarm church to be repulsive, we must fight against our natural tendency to be safe and blend in.