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Acts 6:4

"But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word."



1 Timothy 4:6-16

" If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. These things command and teach. Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee." 1 Tim 4:6-16 (KJV)

So, Which is it? "Go" or "Preach?"

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Just what is being emphasized in this verse?
              Is it "GO" or "Preach?"

 "And he said unto them, Go (1) ye into all the world, and preach (2) the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15 KJV

(1) Greek- πορεύομαι
English Spelling-poreuomai

Definition- Middle voice from a derivative of the same as G3984; to traverse, that is, travel (literally or figuratively; especially to remove [figuratively die],
live, etc.): - depart, go (away, forth, one’s way, up), (make a, take a) journey, walk.

(2) Greek- κηρύσσω
English Spelling- kērussō
Pronounced- kay-roos'-so

Definition- Of uncertain affinity; to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the gospel): - preach (-er), proclaim, publish.

What is the main directive here, Missions?   Is it faithfully making disciples?  Is it that every Christian has a duty to share the Good News of  Christ, His life, death and resurrection and the forgiveness of sins, to everyone we can?  Yes!

Missions are great, disciple making is great.  Recognizing the call to be an evangelists is great, but this command, not as much as a command as an assumption from Christ that we would naturally desire to share this Good News with everyone anyone, without having to be told to do so.   I think this is what is truly being emphasized here in Mark 16:15, not so much the command to hop a plane and be missionaries abroad, but this, "you know this Good News, so WHEN you are sharing it with everyone, your family, neighbors, co-workers, your mail carrier, guy at the super market, etc.,  make sure you tell them the Gospel, tell these people they have forgiveness of sins."  Tell them it's not that they will go to heaven when they die, it is not the fact that they will be blessed in this life and the one to come, these both are true, but the important subject here, that Sin and Death, both, have been defeated.  The Cross, the empty Tomb, these are signs, these are proof that something wonderful has truly happened and that if they believe that Christ is Lord and that He can forgive sins, and if you repent, turn from sin and to Christ, then your sins will be forgiven and death will have no hold over you.   The Gospel is more than heaven, more than avoiding Hell, it is about sin and death being defeated, once and for all, by Christ and this Gospel offer of salvation is for those who believe.

  Reading this verse, if the key word is "Go" or if it is "Preach" or if it is both.  The problem isn't us "Going", it isn't that we are not moving our feet, where we are failing so often is in the "Preaching" we are not opening our mouths enough.  We are keeping silent, what does it matter if we "Go" if we are not "Preaching" where we are, right here and right now?   Why go?  Can you only "Preach" if you "Go?"   Of  course not, you can preach right where you are.   You do not have to Go anywhere to be faithful, and I believe Jesus knew this, He knew that it would take the commissioning of millions of believers, some "Going" but all "Preaching."  This command was not only to His apostles with Him at the time, and not only for future ministers, but for all believers everywhere, for all times.   That would be you and me friends.

  Many people will tell you that the word "Go" is the important part, but I think "Preach" is the one word that jumps off the page at all of us and smacks us upside the head?   So go Preach!   Share the Good News of the forgiveness of sins through Christ and Christ alone.  Every day we remain silent is a day we will never get back, a day will forfeit, a day we could have shared the Good News but did not.  We do not know how many days we are blessed with, why not make the very best use of each one we have by "Preaching" the Good News to those we see everyday.

Be Holy!


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