Mark 3:14-15, “14 He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 15 and to have authority to drive out demons.”
- The Gospel: The Greek word for “gospel” in the New Testament is, “euaggelion,” (pronounced “e-van-gel-ion”) which simply means, “good news.” Thus, the gospel is the “good news concerning God’s glory and humanity’s salvation by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ,” Romans 1:16-17.
- Disciple: The Greek word for “disciple” is, “mathētēs,” (pronounced “math-e-tes”) and means, “student or pupil.” In regards to Jesus, a disciple is a “committed follower and student of Jesus’ teachings,” Matthew 28:19-20.
- Preach/Proclaim/Evangelize: Preach (kērussō, pronounced “ke-rus-so,” Mark 3:14), Proclaim (diaggellō, pronounced “di-an-ge-llo,” Luke 9:60), and Evangelize (euaggelizō, pronounced “e-van-ge-li-zo,” Acts 8:4-5) all basically mean the same thing- “to publicly make known the gospel.”
The Gospel Message in Four Easy Points
- God: Created man (with free will possessing the power of “self-identity & freedom”) for a loving relationship with Himself, Genesis 1:26, 3:8-9.
- Man: Willing sinned and separated himself from God and came under the just wrath of God, Romans 3:9-23.
- Jesus Christ: Died on the cross and bore the judgment of God for sinners so that by His resurrection all might live and not perish, John 3:16 & Romans 5:8-9, 6:4.
- Faith: By freely putting one’s full trust in God and confessing Jesus as “Lord,” a person is restored to fellowship with God and free from the wrath their sins justly deserve, John 3:16 & Romans 10:9-10.
Seven Things the Gospel Brings
- New Creation: Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to those who believe to be born again in their inner nature and made a brand new creation, John 3:3 & 2 Corinthians 5:17.
- Redemption: To “buy back or release from legal obligation.” Jesus bought back and released mankind from the curse of sin and the law by dying on the cross, Galatians 3:13.
- Reconciliation: To “bring peace between two parties.” Jesus’ suffering on the cross brought perfect peace between God the Father and repentant mankind, Romans 5:10.
- Atonement: To “bear the sins of others to bring forgiveness.” Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was the sacrificial payment for the all sins of the entire world, 1 John 2:2.
- Salvation: To “save from destruction.” Jesus saves and grants eternal life to everyone who believes in Him, Romans 1:16.
- Justification: To “make right or just.” Jesus makes sinners righteous and just in the site of God the Father when they put their faith in His sacrifice, Acts 13:38-39 & Romans 4:25.
- Sanctification: To “make holy by cleansing from sin.” The blood of Jesus cleanses all those who confess their sins and put their faith in Him, Hebrews 10:29.
Five Reasons Why We Preach
- For the Glory of God, Philippians 2:9-11 & Revelation 5:13-14.
- For the Love of God, John 3:16 & Romans 5:8.
- For the Salvation of All Mankind, Acts 10:42-44, Romans 10:14, & 1 Timothy 2:4.
- For the Kingdom of God to Come to Earth, Matthew 6:9-10 & Luke 4:18-19.
- For the Eternal Rewards of Heaven, Matthew 6:19-21 & Corinthians 9:16-18.