TSP DAILY DEVOTIONAL
WHAT DO I PREACH?
13th May 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello
KEY SCRIPTURE/MEMORY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 15:1(TPT)
Dear friends, let me give you clearly the heart of the gospel that I’ve preached to you—the good news that you have heartily received and on which you stand.
We rounded off the conversation on what should be our motivation for soul-winning yesterday with the understanding that the message itself is a powerful motivation. In other words, the good news content of the gospel pushes us to declare it.
But sharing the news is entirely dependent on what we know of it. Take for example, if you don’t know that the gospel declares that our sins are forgiven(Acts 13:38), you will be declaring what is not the gospel if you tell people to “repent and ask for forgiveness”.
A lot of people think that we have to ask God for forgiveness to be forgiven not knowing that it was already provided before you were born(Colossians 1:14). Over 2000 years ago, you had been forgiven.
So it is important that we have an understanding of the gospel in order to be able to declare it accurately and have answers for questions that may come.
In 1 Peter 3:15, the scripture points out why it is necessary for us to have an understanding of the gospel so we can be able to share about the hope of the gospel.
A lot of people don’t really know the gospel despite being in the church for many years. How then can we declare the good news and fulfill the great commission of soul-winning effectively?
So believers must be able to rightly divide the scriptures and not just quote the Bible to interpret what the gospel really is to the unsaved. I encourage you to study the epistles, the book of Romans, Hebrews etc. and you will come to a grounded understanding of the gospel.
So what then is the gospel? In 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Paul highlights clearly that the gospel is the fact that our sins have been forgiven. It is the good news of what Christ did for us in His death, burial and resurrection.
Hear me, we are not trying to be forgiven. We have already been forgiven.
2 Corinthians 5:17-19 is clear in showing us that our declaring the gospel is because God has given us the obligation to tell people that He is no longer angry with them.
Friends, having a proper understanding of the gospel is so important. I give you an example. If you meet someone who is smoking and you want to preach the gospel, if you truly understand the gospel, you won’t be addressing the cigarettes because you understand that the person has been forgiven and that’s what you will declare.
Look, as you preach, your nomenclature must be appropriate, using only what the scriptures have taught us about the gospel.
Do I really understand the gospel I’ve been sent to declare?
-I believe the gospel is God’s only tool for salvation.
-By the equipping of the Holy Spirit, I have been given utterance to witness the gospel.
-I am an eager good news messenger. I only declare the gospel with the right nomenclature.
-I am committed to deepening my understanding of the gospel through study and accurate interpretation of the scriptures.
-My committment to the gospel is relentless and through me, people come to experience all the good things that the blood of Jesus has mediated for them.
-Daily, I am faithful in the business of soul-winning and I make profit of souls in millions for the Kingdom.
-Daily, I enjoy the advantage and dividends of the gospel.
HEARING BY THE WORD
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