Just. Preach. The Gospel…

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 2 Timothy 4:1-6

“The Time of my departure is at hand…” Isn’t that true of all of us? We are drawing very near the time of the second coming of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. A good many of us are in the winter of our life. I know my time is running out. We only have so many days, hours, opportunities, in which to offer ourselves and the gifts God has given us to serve him with. Moses said “Teach us to number our days…”.

Consider the simplest and greatest gift of all, the Gospel … did we give the gospel to others around us? Do you remember how beautiful and profound was the news given to you, that you could be forgiven of your sins, and have a share in the Kingdom of Jesus?

We will all soon be summonsed up before the Bema seat to give a full account of our lives. What did we do with the talents and gifts God gave us? Did we exchange them in the great spiritual marketplace, the world?

I have spent too much time lately in strife and conflict , and have too often fallen into the trap of being put on the defensive, and being tempted to go on the offensive as well. Why? What a waste of time! The LORD knows who is who and what is what. God can vindicate us or if it pleases , He can condemn us. As Paul teaches u,

But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. ( I Corinthians 4:3-5)

I realize there were and are important issues at stake, such as correct doctrine, integrity in ministry, the defense of the gospel, the nurture and care of the church. I will always be committed to those issues, as I believe it to be my calling. I believe the fruit of the Spirit is also a huge issue.

But we do not want to waste time defending ourselves or our name when it is maligned, nor should we wish to attack those who have sought to discredit us or the church .

How about remembering what it is all about and all of us just committing to preach the gospel?

There are so many hurting and broken people all around this decaying and dying world we live in. We constantly see the sexually confused, those who struggle with demons and despair, the fearful and those twisted and crushed by their sins.

When was the last time we told anyone that Jesus loves them? That Jesus died for their sins and that if they were the only one on earth ,He would have come and died for them? When was the last time we told someone to get back up from a fall and press on in Jesus, and that we would stand with them in prayer?

A lot of people in our part of the body of Messiah put much stock in knowledge, for we have been exposed to deep teachings in a day of shallow pablum and even worse in the name of Christian teaching. I also believe that the knowledge of God is vital and of utmost importance .

But what about Love? Where is the love? I have seen people on every side of several issues, who can lie about or misrepresent their brothers or sisters without batting an eye. In many cases, they know the Greek or Hebrew in a lot of verses or prayers, but prove to be cruel and presumptuous, argumentative and combative on social media.

It is easy for any of us to lose our first love. It’s so easy to forget the gentleness and forbearance of Christ, His grace, mercy, and patience when we were still lost, and seemingly hopeless. We stand against Heretics, hypocrites, false Apostles, false prophets, etc etc and etc. .

What about people? Do we remember that Jesus came and died for the people who were and are lost? Let us resolve to dedicate ourselves to sharing the gospel, in any way we can. In simplicity, even if it means giving a tract to someone, or on the internet, or even in church! (Churches need to be evangelized because many have been brought in without salvation or repentance, and do not realize it).

Loving and serving people can be evangelism, praying for them is an awesome witness, so can street witnessing, or publishing on line, or discipling people, or reaching to the one few others even notice. Standing with someone through some ordeal, praying for release from addiction, or disordered sexual desires, or constantly teaching the simple things of the gospel such as justification by faith, Grace, the cross.

We have to get back to preaching the gospel, sharing Christ, and loving people in Jesus name.

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18 Responses to Just. Preach. The Gospel…

  1. We have to trust that God goes before us and behind us. We must defend the Word of truth, but we don’t have to defend ourselves. We leave that up to God. That’s what our Lord did.

  2. marc4freedom says:

    Amen. 👍🙏Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

  3. Helen Foreman says:

    Amen, my brother! GOD bless you. Shabbat shalom.

  4. Cindy Kruschel says:

    Amen! This has been on my heart as well. No matter what else is going on out there, or in our lives, people need to know about Jesus.
    “And if I have the gift of prophesy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” 1 Cor. 13:2
    And “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
    If I’m using all of my time to pick apart people’s doctrine or point to all the false teaching I can find but am not telling people about our merciful and compassionate Heavenly Father who sent His one and only Son to atone for our sins then I am certainly missing the mark.
    Thank you Pastor Bill for keeping your eyes on Him and encouraging us to do the same!

  5. Lisa says:

    I saw a sign when leaving a church once, it said “Now entering the mission field”, I thought that was a great reminder.
    Really liked this post of yours Pastor Bill!

  6. Paul says:

    Bill, it is a true and very much needed message. As for your question, it was about 2 hours ago I stood on a monument by the river and preached to the people here in Chiang Mai that Jesus loves them and died for their sins, and He is the only way to heaven.

  7. Wendy Thome says:

    Amen, Pastor Bill. I for one will be so glad when once again we can receive your teachings, pure and from the throne of our Glorious Lord. In life, most of us have been forced to endure persecution, false witness, hatred, envy, and other things we can do nothing about except cling to our Lord, Jesus the Christ, who in the end, has been the One who carried us though the darkness.

  8. Crystal UK says:

    AMEN AND AMEN….. back on track! 🙂 shalom!

  9. It seems everyone wants to have a “slick” streamlined service, that has very little real significance. We need solid grounded purveyors of the gospel….there just are not that many of those guys around anymore.

  10. Deemar says:

    The Narrow Road is a “fine line” = balance,
    and allowing Jesus to do His work in/through His Body.

    Yes, we (the Church) are to “GO, and preach the gospel – making disciples, teaching them to obey all that He commands”… but believers are missing something if ‘week after week’ we are only hearing the gospel preached “at church” because we are filling it with the unregenerate.

    And so, thank YOU (Bill) for fulfilling the VERY needed role of “SHEPHERD” to the Sheep; we need your help to keep us on track. I know I speak for MANY when I say “thank you” for your obedience in sharing your Gift of teaching with us.

    The gathering together of believers (The Church) is to edify, exhort, correct, rebuke, encourage, etc in the deeper Truths that the Holy-Spirit-filled are able to grasp, and need to hear and live-out together. As Diana stated above, “We must defend the Word of truth, but we don’t have to defend ourselves.”

    I find that at most ‘churches’, there is no shepherd warning them about false-teachers, false doctrines, etc. The sheep are following after wolves, being led to slaughter because no one is guiding them. SO MUCH false-Christianity out there… being pushed in books, tv, radio, cyber world, etc. The forums for being deceived are endless, and the warnings are FEW! And most churches are actively participating in what is false and loving it so! They have not been feeding the sheep solid food, but instead allowing them to indulge their own appetites.

    So, the LOVING things to do: KEEP preaching the gospel to the lost and dying world, and KEEP feeding solid food to the Sheep, who are in dire need of warning… far too many have wandered off toward destruction.

    From Hebrews:
    “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”

    “Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. And this we will do, if God permits.”

    The time is short – both for preaching the gospel to the world, and for feeding the Sheep and helping each other endure, persevere and overcome “in Jesus”… until the end.

    Thank you for this reminder!!! Maranatha!

  11. Susie Wirth says:

    Great little message.! Thank you 😊

  12. Marilyn says:

    Thank you Pastor Bill for your wonderful reminder. Too often we spend time defending ourselves etc and not talking about Our Wonder paul Saviours Love. Thank you once again for your reminder. May God bless you, your wife and family in His Service.

  13. Marilyn says:

    Woops should of said Winderful

  14. Thank you for reminding me of the importance of sharing the gospel with others

  15. Amen! “How lovely on the mountain are the feet of him who brings good news…”
    You’ve always done that well Pst Bill.

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