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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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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
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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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