Possibly every Sunday in the sermon you hear words like: “Anointing”, “power”, “glory”, “process”, “desert”, “holiness”, “tithe”, “offerings”. There is also a great degree of possibility that days like those you hear very little words like: “Jesus”, “gospel”, “Bible”, “Grace”, “Love”. If your church belongs to the second group, it is a joy to know that.
The gospel is nothing more than a message that has been preached after the death of Christ, formed from the twelve apostles, this message is summarized in:
- Jesus being God became man and lived among us.
- He died on the cross for our sins to free us from evil.
- He was resurrected on the third day according to the Scriptures.
- He promised that He will return.
Did you know that this is the whole Gospel message summarized in 4 points? And the big problem is that we have been entrusted to preach these four vital points. You will say: Why is it a problem? It is a problem because in our congregations what is preached mostly are the first words in quotes that we mentioned at the beginning of this article.
There is a strong statement made by the apostle Paul about the Gospel:
For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
1 Corinthians 9:16
From this text we have much to say, we could get a whole sermon divided into several points, but we will only take the two final sentences: “for necessity is laid upon me”, “woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel”.
There are no negotiations about the gospel, there is no better message to replace it, it has been entrusted to us and if the church does not fulfill its mission then it is in serious problems, since it is our duty to do it and if we do not do it then we have to regret, because we have considered that there are more important things than the Gospel.
A certain singer once said:
There are many people who live waiting for a miracle, but the greatest miracle was done by Jesus on the cross more than two thousand years ago.
In the phrase “woe to me if I do not announce the gospel!”, The expression “woe to me” is an interjective phrase implies fear, pain and lament, pronounced a judgment in this text for everyone who uses the pulpit to preach another thing that is not the gospel.
Today’s church must react and establish the word “gospel” in its pulpits, because today it seems like treasure lost in our pulpits.