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Shout It Out

September 01, 2015

What a glorious responsibility we have to proclaim the gospel message of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! The Bible so meticulously defines all of the reasoning and the elements of that sacred responsibility. In His Word, God gives us the who, what, when, where, how and why of spreading that life changing gospel message. He’s very descriptive, leaving nothing to the imagination when it comes to evangelism. In addition, God gives us (weak and frail human beings) all of the context that we need to understand its impact. Yes, the mighty God of this universe took the time to break down His expectations with childlike simplicity. In this article, we want to fully explore what it means to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ and evangelize the world.    

Where? – The scope of the great commission is broadly articulated. It is not limited by nationality, geographic constraints, or racial boundaries. The Bible tells us to “teach all nations.” It is this vision that sets the tone for the enormity of the task at hand. We are to evangelize the world.

Who? – The commission is based on the power of a risen Savior; that Christians are called to “go ye therefore.”  It is a clear directive with authority that Christians (the Church) have a responsibility to proclaim the name of Christ. The world is our mission field, and we must go to teach and to baptize “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

Matthew 28:19-20 – “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” 

What? – We are obligated to teach, preach, witness, testify, proclaim, and glorify the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. We have a Christian duty to “shout it out” in the name of our Savior. We are to skillfully and passionately “ring out” a salvation message that will have lasting and eternal consequences. It is a message that can’t be dismissed or denied without pricking our spiritual consciences. It forces us to consider and weigh the standards of what ultimate truth looks like. This is the only message the world has ever known that must be reckoned with in absolute terms. Oh, that God would give us that “door of utterance” to proclaim His holy name!   

Isaiah 55:11 – “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Acts 5:42 – “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”

Acts 28:23 – “And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.”

Romans 10:13-15 – “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!”

Romans 10:17 – “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

How? – God wants us to approach the great commission in a spirit of boldness. The Word of God relates many verses as to how we are to conduct ourselves in this regard. We must not faint. We are to diligently run the race that is set before us.

Proverbs 28:1 – “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.”    

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”

Ephesians 3:11-12According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.”

When Christ walked the face of this earth he disrupted conventional wisdom and proclaimed that He was the Messiah. This was a position that was not real popular with the ruling elite or the citizenry. Quite frankly, many thought he was a madman. Nonetheless, He continued with the proclamation that He was “the way the truth and the life” without fear of retribution, contempt, or death. He was and still is God Almighty.

Matthew 13:54 – “And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?”

John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

The Apostle Paul was also a man of great boldness in the faith. He too risked his life for the furtherance of the gospel. Paul boldly proclaimed his faith everywhere he went. Witnessing became the essence of who he was as a Christian solder.  

Ephesians 6:19-20 – “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Acts 19:8 – “And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.”

Colossians 4:3-4 – “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”

When? – There is an immediacy to the call of spreading the good news of Christ. Christians must not wait or put on hold what we are expected to do. We live in perilous and apostate times. We must be about the Father’s business to bring light to a dying and perverse world. Once again, we can look to the Word of God for our answers when it comes to the urgency of the times.

2 Timothy 3:1 – “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”  

Ephesians 5:16 – “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

Romans 13:11 – “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”

Matthew 4:18 – “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

John 4:35 – “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”

Why? – The final consideration in this article is the question of why we must take an assertive position when it comes to witnessing and spreading the gospel message. Are the motivations ideological, philosophical, political, or just a self-centered need to persuade others to our point of view? Is the bottom line our need to be right and is it all about us? Or, do we selflessly proclaim the salvation message as instruments of God’s love and His righteousness to see people come to an eternal and saving knowledge of Jesus Christ? Are we consumed with sowing the seeds to point others to heaven’s glory and to prevent them from spending an eternity in hell?

Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

John 14:2 – “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

Revelation 19:1 – “And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:”

Christian, are you shouting out the good news of the gospel? Have you made the decision to serve Christ in your life with all of your heart, mind, and soul?

Praise God in the highest!


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