There is a popular saying, “Preach the gospel and, if necessary, use words.” It is used often in talking about evangelism. The point is living your faith out is a witness to non-believers. However, while I certainly would commend one to live out their faith, this quote is mistaken and fails to grasp the truth of Romans 10.
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!'” (vv. 14-15)
The gospel in action includes preaching the gospel. To preach the gospel, words must be spoken. If words are not spoken, then people will not hear the message. Without hearing the message, people will not know how to be saved. Yes, backing up your words with your life is important but speaking the gospel with words is essential. It is necessary to tell people the truth of the gospel. We may sometimes try to back out of trying to evangelize to others by using the excuse our lives our a witness themselves. The reality is we have to tell others about the gospel, explain to them the core of the gospel, and show them there is a response that is demanded. Without doing that, we are not faithfully preaching the gospel nor are we faithfully sharing it. Preach the gospel; and it is necessary to use words.
Before reading this, what were your thoughts on “Preach the gospel and, if necessary, use words.”? How do you view it now?
- How are ways you can begin to weave gospel conversations among your friends, coworkers, etc.?