How to carry the Word of God
Every person will surely hear the Word about Christ one day. He can hear it in church, in the open, from friends, on the radio or on the Internet - it doesn't matter where or how. One thing is important: one person will bring salvation to another through preaching the Gospel. How to carry the Word of God to help a person gain knowledge of Christ? How to do it in the right way?
What is “the Word of God”?
Before discussing how to preach, you need to know what the Word of God is. We must understand that the Gospel is good news. In the Gospel there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ, and there is good news for those who are in need. We can see one thought that cuts through the whole Bible: God always wanted all nations to know about Him. Therefore, preaching of the Gospel is the mission that Jesus entrusted to his followers.
“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16: 15-16).
How to Preach the Gospel
Believers need to understand that preaching is more than quoting the Bible. First of all, it is our way of life. People will listen to the Word if they see no contradiction between your words and deeds. The quality of your preaching is not only affected by how well you understand the subject matter. Your behavior, speech, mood, words that you choose, really matter. Here are a few points to help you share the Word of God:
Listen carefully to your interlocutor. Remember that preaching is dialogue. In most cases, it is not enough to say “God loves you” to win people over to your communication. How can we do it? Encourage people to open up to you and talk about their problem. Win people's hearts so that they could hear you.
Say positive things. Preaching is good news. Don't start the conversation at Satan, sin and curses. Don't push away or intimidate your interlocutor. No one likes to hear that he is a sinner. Allow the Lord to do His work in a person’s soul. Our task is to tell them that Jesus can help them.
Respect people and their beliefs. This point especially applies to those who preach to Muslims, Buddhists or adherents of other religions. People believe that their values and shrines are important. Never put pressure on them, never make them feel insignificant and do not furiously convince them that you are right. When you talk to people about Christ, you sow a seed and one day it will bear fruit.
Use stories and parables. Remember how Jesus preached - He always told stories. People perceive visual information more easily when you draw a picture for them. One of these stories can be your personal testimony or the story of people you know.
Be patient. Do not be discouraged or upset if a other person refuses to hear the Word of God. Remember that you have already laid the foundation. Paul said, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching.” (2 Tim. 4: 2).
Don’t impose yourself on others. Growing assertiveness can push a person away. So talk to people about Christ with love and patience. God wants to heal every person and help everyone who needs it. But He will never do it against the will of a person. Remember how Jesus asked people, “Do you want to be healed?” It would seem that they want! But Jesus did nothing against the will of a person, always giving him the right to choose. Let us imitate our God and not force our beliefs on those who do not want to listen to us.
Evaluate the quality of your message from the other person’s point of view. After communicating with people, analyze your work. Try to evaluate the quality of your message from the interlocutor’s point of view. Has he received an answer? Has he learnt anything new? Is he interested in the subject? Has he heard anything important for him?
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