The Preaching Of The Gospel Of The Kingdom Of God
by Pastor Mark
July 27, 2017
The preaching of the gospel as a most important concern
As we think about our life, what would we consider as the most important concern for our life? It could be our family or our job. Maybe we are looking for a life partner. While these things are important in life, what should be our most important concern?
There were those who considered the preaching of the gospel as the most important concern in their life. They lived their life for the sake of the gospel. Let us be challenged by their examples.
Those who fervently preached the gospel
1. John the Baptiser
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matt 3:2)
John the Baptist (Baptiser) lived his life totally committed to the preaching of the gospel…about repentance and about the kingdom of heaven. He lived and preached in the wilderness so as to remain focused on his task as the voice in the wilderness. He sought to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord Jesus. (Isa 40)
2. The Lord Jesus
“From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”” (Matt 4:17) The Lord Jesus entered into ministry fervently preaching about the gospel of the kingdom. He was the Messiah King and He came to introduce to all His gospel. Matthew also wrote, “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom,” (Matt 4:23) Everywhere He went, He was teaching and preaching the gospel of the kingdom. It was an overwhelming concern for Him that it drove Him to spread the gospel. He was the great light that had dawned to the world of darkness. Through the preaching of the gospel, He brought light to all.
3. The Apostle Peter
Peter also sought to preach the same thing as the Lord Jesus. In his first message at the day of Pentecost, he preached about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and about the gospel, “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) It was the same call for the people to repent and to be baptised in Christ. Through his preaching, many souls were won to the Lord.
4. The Apostle Paul
Paul’s most important concern was the furtherance of the gospel. He was willing to go to prison for the sake of the gospel. Even though he was in prison, he saw it as an opportunity to preach to the prison guards and to all the rest. (Phil 1:13) There was no stopping Paul in his fervency to preach the gospel. This was what he was called to do, “…through the gospel, to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.” (2 Tim 1:10,11) The Lord called him and appointed him to do as preacher and teacher.
The challenge for us to be most concerned about sharing the gospel
These are truly great examples of lives specially dedicated to the preaching of the gospel. Let us be inspired by them to make the preaching of the gospel the most important concern in our life.