GOSSIPING THE GOSPEL
Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word (Acts 8:4)
Today we get a chance to share the gospel in our city. After lunch some of us will be moving in the malls to informally sow the seed of God’s Word. The law allows us to share our faith. We have the freedom to practice our religion in the public space so long as it does not involve proselytizing the majority religion. For many of us it may be something unfamiliar. So how can we begin to do we do this?
We get our inspiration from the early church. They were evangelizing in the streets of Jerusalem form the start. Thousands were saved but as the church grew, persecution began. Mounting pressure caused the believers to flee and scatter throughout Judea and Samaria. If the authorities thought that such clampdown could silence the gospel they were sadly mistaken. For wherever the believers went they “preached” the word. The word “preach” here actually means “announcing the good news informally”. In lay terms, the gospel was not shared in some formal sermon but “gossiped” about. And not by the apostles or ordained pastors but by common believers! This sowing became the seedbed for revival in Samaria that eventually touched the whole city!
In this Year of Strength, God is calling us to break down the walls of the church so that the gospel can go into the city. We are to do all kinds of evangelism, whether in the marketplace, within our family or to our friends and also to sow the gospel among strangers in the malls. Remember the Parable of the Sower and the Seed? All we are called to do is to Sow Simply, Sow Faithfully, Sow Sacrificially and Sow Together. It is God’s responsibility to give growth to the seed. It is our responsibility to sow! And here’s the starling fact: He can use YOU.
So today, join us in a brief adventure this afternoon. It is as we step out in faith, not relying on our own strength but trusting in His empowerment, that we will see the gospel touch lives and see people saved. You only need to “gossip” the gospel.
2016 YEAR OF STRENGTH
Ps Dr Philip Lyn