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How will they believe?

March 14, 2016

The Christian gathers with his church for edification. The primary task of the church is the building up of believers. The Christian goes out into the world to evangelize the lost. While the gathered church will proclaim the gospel, the church does not gather with evangelism as its focus. When a Christian leaves the church he goes into community to evangelize. The Christian has the glorious privilege of proclaiming “the power of God unto salvation” to those who are lost.

How can the unsaved believe in Him of whom they have never heard? This is the central question with which every Christian must wrestle. This is the question that drives world missions and personal evangelism. This great question is the one that spread the church all around the world. How can they believe in someone they know nothing about?

How will the lost of your community hear the gospel? Are the false teachers and false churches going to tell the truth of Christ? Is the local bank going to include a gospel tract with every bank statement? Is the grocery store going to put a gospel witness at the head of every aisle? The unsaved need a herald to declare the message of the king. Where are the heralds of the gospel? How can they believe if they have never heard and how will they hear if we don’t tell them?

To proclaim the gospel we have to speak the gospel. The words used in the New Testament in describing our duty are words depicting the herald of the king, an eye witness giving testimony and a teacher giving instruction. Fulfilling the great commission, proclaiming the gospel, demands the Christian speaks the truth. An invitation to church is a start. A gospel tract is a start. A friendship is a start. Many good things may aid the preaching of the gospel, but they are not the preaching of the gospel. We have not fully obeyed the great commission until we have spoken the gospel message to the lost. All these other things may open doors and give credence to what we are speaking, but they are not fulfilling the great commission by themselves. The task of preaching the gospel is not limited to those who are naturally friendly and outgoing. The task of preaching the gospel is given to all of us. God will give you what you need to preach the gospel with faithfulness and power. God has entrusted the message of salvation to His frail servants. He has made us His ambassadors to speak to the lost on His behalf.

God has promised, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” But, “How shall they call on Him whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?

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