Thursday, May 7, 2009

Preach The Word Everywhere

Mark 16:20…”they went forth, and preached the word everywhere.”

You believe the gospel; you believe that men are perishing for lack of it; therefore, I pray you, do not stop to consider, do not wait to deliberate any longer. The best way to spread the gospel is to spread the gospel.

I believe the best way of defending the gospel is to spread to gospel. I was addressing a number of students, the other day, upon the apologies for the gospel which are so numerous just now. A great many learned men are defending the gospel; no doubt it is a very proper and right thing to do, yet I always notice that, when there are most books of that kind, it is because the gospel itself is not being preached…

There is nothing that is really of any service fort spreading of the gospel but preaching. I mean by preaching, as I have already said, not merely the standing up in a pulpit, and delivering a set discourse, but talking about Christ,-- talking about him as risen from the dead, as the Judge of quick and dead, as the great atoning sacrifice, the one Mediator between God and men. It is by preaching Jesus Christ that sinners are saved. “It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”…Keep on with it, my brethren. This is the gun that will win the battle yet, thought many have tried to silence it…

“They went forth and preached.” It is not said that they went forth and argued, or that they went forth, and wrote apologies for the Christian faith. No, they went forth, and proclaimed—told out the truth as a revelation from God; in the name of Christ they demanded that men should believe in him, and left them, if they would not believe, with this distinct understanding, that they would perish in their unbelief. They wept over them, and pleaded with them to believe in Jesus; and they felt sure that whosoever did believe in him would find eternal life through his name.

This is what the whole Church of Christ should do, and do at once, and keep on doing with all its might, even until the end of the age.

Excerpts from Christ and His Co-Workers, Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 42, Year 1996, pages 255-257


Anonymous said...

Outstanding! Thanks, Rob-roy

Anonymous said...

This is good stuff. A matching verse would be from Philippians 1:12 - 17 where whether it was Paul or the brethren in Rome face with tough situations the righteous response was always boldly proclaim the word, “Jesus Christ, once crucified, has been raised from the dead!”

Robert Tewart said...

Thanks to you both for your comments and encouragement.

There seems to be a never-ending well of wisdom from the archives of all things Spurgeon. God truly used him in a mighty way.