“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” – Mark 16:15-18
LIGHT FOR NOW: Bible study must not be subjected to how we feel; it must be devoid of idiosyncracies.
We’ve been on the subject of the gospel in previous months and we wish to take the study further this month, however, through a different course. Here we are aiming at two things:
Exploring the gospel; that is what the gospel is and what it focuses on.
Exploring the minister of the gospel; that is, who is the minister of the gospel and what is his message? Is the minister of the gospel the pastor with microphone on the pulpit? Is preaching the gospel of Christ a responsibility only for those with the title “pastor” or does the preaching of the gospel encapsulates the body of Christ which is the entirety of the believers.
All these and more, we will see in this study. So;
What is the gospel and what does it focus on?
Who is the preacher of the gospel?
Is preaching the gospel restricted to a specific group of people called pastors?
Let’s take note of this fact firstly as the investigation begins.
All through the New Testament (the 4-gospels or synoptic account and the epistles), the word “gospel” has a very high frequency. And however, the epistles have the highest occurrence of this word “gospel”. Because of the frequency of the word “gospel”, it is therefore pertinent for us to critically and carefully explore this word in as much as we bring the explanation of the concept at hand to the spotlight. Let’s say this firstly: The bible remains the only material for any scriptural concept. Our authority of or for teaching and explanation must be derived from the bible alone. The sixty-six books of the bible is all of God’s revelation in Christ to us. Therefore, bible study must not be subjected to human feelings and emotions; it must be devoid of human opinion and idiosyncracies. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Study patiently.
PRAYER: I declare that I am opened up to the revelation of God’s word as I study through, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Bible study must be bible based and not human feelings or opinion based.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 16; EVENING: MARK CHAPTER 16