Carrying the Gospel to OthersBro. David Chancellor
4/17/2011 6:00 PM
Romans 10:11-15, 1
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
Paul considered what was needed for people to be saved. We should desire that people be saved. For that to be so, something has to happen. Someone has to be sent. Jesus was sent from God to draw us to God. He went to the cross and died for us, and called others to God and sent them with the gospel. This book was written because Paul was called and sent. Children of God have been called to bring glad tidings of good things. We are to tell others about Jesus. There are many who are to tell others about Jesus. This is God’s way of spreading the message.
The first step toward salvation is telling other souls about Jesus. They have to hear… and not as a curse word. They need to know what Jesus can do for them. Jesus came to deliver, set free, and reconcile us to God. The best way for the story to be carried is by those who have experienced it.
Paul shared his testimony, his own experience. The best way to share the gospel is to tell what God has done for you. Our testimony is our most valuable method of sharing the gospel. Tell what you have found him to be. God wants us to tell the world what we’ve found in him.
Having heard, they need to believe. Sharing your testimony gives them a living example of what they’re being told about. We want people to be able to believe. By the Spirit of God, our lives can help people to believe. We want people to believe and call on God. They have to call on God to be saved. There’s something to ask for. We must come to Jesus in repentance. We must call on his name and seek to come to God by him. People need to know they can talk to God. It isn’t just mental assent, but going to him and getting what he came to bring. Is prayer a foreign concept to people who claim to serve God? It shouldn’t be. Prayer is how we talk to God. It’s how we ask for what we need to receive. Faith should be inspired so people call on God.
“For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” The world would try to make us ashamed of Jesus. Our calling is to share the gospel. If we don’t do our part, salvation won’t work. There is nothing to be ashamed of in God. Share what God has done for you. If people would be saved, they need to call on the name of God.
And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
This is what it means to call on the name of the Lord. Bartimaeus must have heard something about Jesus. He must have believed something about Jesus, that Jesus could help blind men. We want people to realize that Jesus can save sinners. We want their faith inspired to cry out to Jesus for mercy. We should never discourage a soul who seeks after God.
We need God to call on us, to ask us about our need. When God saves us, he witnesses to us that we are his children. Call on God until you receive assurance that he has answered. Ask and receive. Keep asking until you receive.
Every Christian should know the way of salvation well enough to help someone else get there. Know the answers to the “hows”. We have a part in God’s plan of salvation. People need to hear the glad tidings of Christ. It should be natural for us to talk about God and what he has done for us.
And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
This is how it should work. Philip had found God and walked with God. He had been of those that made sure the widows were fed. He went to Samaria to escape persecution and he talked about Christ. Then Jesus sent him down by the road in the desert. Philip went and met this Ethiopian reading the book of Isaiah. God showed him why he was there, to help this guy. We have a part in helping and influencing the understanding of others.
God would have us share his word with others. There are many ways to share. Those that know God are to declare it to others. We’re here as a part of God’s plan of salvation.
The Ethiopian went on rejoicing because God’s plan of salvation worked for him. Sharing the gospel with someone goes on to have them share it with others. The way of salvation went to Ethiopia with that man.
We all encounter other people. God has called you and sent you to share the glad tidings.