“Preach the gospel. Use words if necessary.”
Ed Stetzer recently wrote a blog post about this apparently fabricated quote, in which he said this;
“……verbal communication of the gospel is the only means by which people are brought into a right relationship with God. The Apostle Paul made this point to the church in Rome when he said;
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on Him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about Him? And how can they hear without a preacher? (Rom. 10:13-14, HCSB)
If we are to make disciples of all nations, we must use words. Preaching necessitates the use of language. So, let me encourage us to preach the gospel, and use words, since it’s necessary.”
What a challenge eh?
As summer ends and scores of people in our Churches reflect on summer mission trips, camps and holiday Bible clubs………will we be able to look back and say that the Gospel was preached………using words………as is necessary?
“A godly life should serve as a witness for the message we proclaim. But without words, what can our actions point to but ourselves?”
Like I said, what a challenge…….