The Power of the Gospel

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“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”

Romans 1:16

Are you ashamed of the Gospel?  Of course not!  How about at work, at the store or at the diner?

The Gospel is the power of God for the salvation of the world.  That makes it about the most powerful force in the universe.  The power of the Gospel can move mountains… and it can change lives; it is powerful indeed.  As Christ’s ambassador, it is the most powerful force in your arsenal, and is one that we all must respect and be bold enough to bring up.  Here’s another way of looking at it: Do you love people?  Do you care about your neighbor; would you help him or her out if they had a problem?  If so, how can we let them die without hearing the Gospel from someone they know and trust?

Just think, God put you where you are and gave you the glorious message of power; the Gospel.  Can we keep it to ourselves?

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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8 Responses to The Power of the Gospel

  1. Little Monk says:

    G’Morning, Don.

    I hope, as folks read this post, they carefully note a crucial line here…

    “If so, how can we let them die without hearing the Gospel from someone they know and trust?”

    So deeply, I agree with you. Sharing the Good News of Jesus’ coming, His resurrection, and the relationship Our Father has for and with us through Him… priceless.

    By the same token, that is WORLDS away from the cheap button-holing tract-waggling stranger-on-stranger assault I have often watched in the name of “evangelism”. No relationship, no trust, no respect or sense of the sacredness of the other… Just a superior, self-righteous “scalp hunting” race to get more “jewels in the crown” and scare some poor sod half to death.

    Lol, one of my pet peeves, (and most beloved ministries), was teaching Catholics that Protestants weren’t really TRYING to be rude when they’d walk up and ask, “Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?” Much of Catholic prayer, reflection, and discourse with Jesus is intensely PRIVATE, prayer closet, contemplative… often before and after partaking of the Holy Eucharist. Prayer is NOT practiced on street corners, to be observed and admired by men… etc. It’s very intimate, personal, and private. Many Catholics I know, just stutter when asked such a question.

    And the poor Protestant means totally well… all good.

    But it’s like walking up to some gentleman you’ve never met, looking him up and down, and saying (with a measuring eye) “Boxers, or briefs?” Or asking the cup size for a woman. It’s just NOT DONE! It’s bad form. It’s considered no one’s business but the Lord’s, or a spiritual director, pastoral leader, etc.

    And it’s just culture difference….

    Now, a really GREAT conversation between these cultures can start with just a different opening question… Like… “Hey, I’m curious about your faith. Do you mind me asking, how do you see God? How do you relate to Jesus? What’s that like for you?”

    That kind of “level ground sharing” is more than welcome by most I know. Quite different from the “morally superior plinth” and the “inquisition question”.

    Share the Gospel! Yes! Absolutely! All the time, everywhere, everywhen, with everyone.

    But be sure of two three things:
    1. Know what YOUR Gospel is… that is, what impact has the Good News had on your own life?
    2. Build the sharing from the love of the relationship. The relationship has to come first, before any “preaching” begins.
    3. Be sure you are walking in your own Gospel, not preaching “above your head”. If you’re gonna “share” it… it needs to show concretely through your eyes, words, hands.

    Lol, you mention sharing at a Diner as an example. Don’t “share the Gospel” with your server, then just leave just a Roman Road Tract as a tip. (Believe me, I’ve seen it happen.) Loving is our best witness. People so hunger for simple courtesy, respect, and sincere interest and caring for/in their lives.

    Once, as you say, we have a friend who knows and trusts us, we can share the deep truths of the Gospel… OUR Gospel… from our heart into theirs.

    Grace — LM

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  3. eled4 says:

    You are so right ! The Greatest Power ever given to mankind thru JESUS !!! We are called to offer this Power to anyone who HE sends us to ! Be it at work or sports or shopping absolutely Anywhere ! AMEN ! KEEP THE WORD GOING ! I AM SO ENJOYING YOUR ARTICLES ! May The Lord continue to bless You with HIS WORDS !!!⚓🔥

  4. bcaudle77 says:

    Powerful and so true!

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