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Mark 16:15. Preach the gospel to every creature. References. The Bible Exposition Commentary , New Testament, Volume 1, Wiersbe Selected Scriptures reprinted from the Holy Bible, New King James Version Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible , Abingdon Press, 1986

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Mark 16 15

Mark 16:15

Preach the gospel to every creature


References

References

  • The Bible Exposition Commentary, New Testament, Volume 1, Wiersbe

  • Selected Scriptures reprinted from the Holy Bible, New King James Version

  • Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Abingdon Press, 1986

  • Way of the Master, various resources for evangelism, Ray Comfort

  • Bible Doctrine, Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith, Wayne Grudem, 1999


The great commission

The Great Commission

  • And he said unto them, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” – Mark 16:15

  • “Go ye therefore and teach all nations…teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…” – Matthew 28:19-20

  • “…that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations…” – Luke 24:57

  • “Follow me.” – John 20:19

  • “…and you shall be my witnesses unto me…unto the uttermost part of the earth.” – Acts 1:8


It s all greek to me

It’s all Greek to me!

  • Preach = kēryssō

    • To proclaim after the manner of a herald with the suggestion of formality, gravity and authority which must be listened to and obeyed

  • The gospel = euangelion

    • The glad tidings of salvation through Christ

  • Creature = ktisis

    • Anything created


Evangelism

Evangelism

  • To proclaim with authority the good news of Jesus Christ who has ushered in salvation by repentance and faith through his death, burial and resurrection from the dead

  • Evangelism requires

    • Preparation

    • Proclamation

    • Personal Witness


Preparation

Preparation

  • Before a herald can proclaim a message, he must know

    • Who is to receive it

    • What the message is

    • When it is to be delivered

    • Where he must go to proclaim

    • Why the message is important

    • How it is to be presented


Preparation1

Preparation

  • Who is to receive it

    • Every creature

  • What the message is

    • Repent from sin

    • Faith in Jesus Christ

  • When it is to be delivered

    • Today is the day of salvation


Preparation2

Preparation

  • Where we must go

    • At home and abroad

  • Why the message is important

    • Power of God unto salvation

  • How it is to be presented

    • A verbal presentation

    • Be ready always

How does preaching fit within

God’s plan of salvation?


Proclamation

Proclamation

  • Election – the express will of the Father in eternity past

  • Gospel Call – the summons of God through the preaching of the gospel

  • Regeneration – creation of a new heart that can repent and believe

  • Conversion – the total change of emotion, mind and will: repentance and faith


Proclamation1

Proclamation

  • Justification – the work of Christ on the cross, now applied to the believer

  • Adoption – becoming part of God’s family

  • Sanctification – growth in holiness

  • Perseverance – being kept by God

  • Glorification – the ultimate state of the elect in God’s eternal presence


Proclamation2

Proclamation

  • Without a public square and in the face of social media, the internet, entertainment ‘ad nauseam’, and a tolerance of sin, how can we engage people in a dialogue on spiritual matters?

    • Actively engage people on spiritual matters

    • Transition from the natural to the spiritual


Proclamation3

Proclamation

  • W – would you consider yourself a good person?

  • D – do you believe you have kept the ten commandments?

  • J – judgment – if God were to judge you by the ten commandments, would you be innocent or guilty?

  • D – destiny – would you go to heaven or hell?


Proclamation4

Proclamation

  • C – Concern

  • C – Christ

  • R – Repentance

  • A – And

  • F – Faith

  • T – Truth – Read the Bible; seek out a local church for teaching and instruction in righteousness.


Proclamation5

Proclamation

  • Are there people who will really respond to our gospel presentation?

    • Jesus time and again assures us

      • Matthew 9:35-37

      • Acts 18:1-11

    • Jesus came to seek and to save the lost

      • Seek: zēteō, to seek after

      • Save: sōzō, rescue from danger

      • Lost: apollymi, headed for ruin & destruction

  • Our job is to proclaim


Personal witness

Personal Witness

  • Our lives must be a substantiating witness to Christ and the power of the gospel

    • Overheard at work: “I couldn’t believe it at the funeral – he cursed like sailor, but the preacher claimed he was saved!”

  • We must live a holy life

    • Philippians 4:8

    • 1 Peter 1:13-16

    • Galatians 5:19-24


Evangelism1

Evangelism

  • To proclaim with authority the good news of Jesus Christ who has ushered in salvation by repentance and faith through his death, burial and resurrection from the dead

  • Evangelism requires

    • Preparation

    • Proclamation

    • Personal Witness

Preach the gospel to every creature

at home and abroad


Questions to ponder

Questions to Ponder

  • Are you prepared?

    • Study the Scriptures

    • Fast & pray

  • Will you proclaim the gospel?

    • Speak to others specifically about Christ

  • Is your lifestyle evangelical?

    • Live so differently from the world that people notice and aren’t surprised you claim Christ

    • OR –

    • They are surprised because they’ve never met so devoted a Christian who has directly evangelized


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • “And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them… Amen.” – Mark 16:20

Go and preach!


The early church at home abroad

The Early Church At Home & Abroad

  • Philip:

    • Jerusalem to Samaria

    • Mediterranean Sea coast to Caesarea

  • Peter: Joppa to Caesarea

  • Barnabas: Jerusalem to Antioch

  • Paul & Barnabas:

    • Cyprus and southern Turkey

    • Philippi, Athens, and Corinth

    • Western Turkey, esp. Ephesus

    • Crete, Sicily, and Rome

Jerusalem to Rome = 1434 miles

Huntsville to Port-au-Prince = 1418 miles*


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