What do we preach?
Quite simply, we preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as Jesus, the
Apostles and Paul did. When preaching or witnessing to an unbeliever, we give grace to the humble and law to the
proud (James 4:6; Luke 7:37-50; Mark 10:17-23). If someone is humbled over their sin against God, as in the woman
caught in adultery (John 8:3-11), then we would simply preach the love and grace of God as revealed in the
Unfortunately, most people we meet are proud in their heart and
think they are a good person and that their goodness will make them right with God. To these people our message
includes the following, as the opportunity and time allows:
- We use the law to bring the knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20),
opening up the Ten Commandments and the spiritual nature of the law (For example, see Matthew 5:27-28, where
Jesus said that God considers lust to be adultery). The purpose of the use of the law is to stop their mouth
from justifying their actions and leaves them guilty before God (Romans 3:19).
- We preach the full nature of God - that He is not only a God
of love (1John 4:8), mercy (Ephesians 2:4) and grace (Titus 2:11), but of justice (Isaiah 30:18), righteousness
(Philippians 3:9), judgement (Isaiah 66:16; Ezekiel 18:4; Matthew 12:36; Hebrews 9:27) and holiness (Hebrews
- We preach that God, being in very nature Good, is just
(Deuteronomy 32:4; Romans 3:26) and must therefore punish sin (Psalms 9:8; Ezekiel 18:4; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-8)
and that He sees sin as so serious that His punishment is death (Romans 6:23) and eternal judgement in hell
(Matthew 25:41,46; Luke 16:23-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 21:8)
- Some people at this point may think that they can make up for
their sin by doing more ‘good works than bad ones’. To this we would show them through scripture (eg. James
2:10-11; Galatians 2:16, 3:10-11) and analogy that you can not be made right with God by trying to keep a law
you have already broken.
- As a sinner sees the serious nature of their sin against God
(Romans 7:13) and is humbled, through the conviction of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8), we then preach that God is
also merciful and loving (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4-5). Seeing our utter incapability of being made righteous by
our own good works (Romans 3:10-18), He became the justifier of our faith through Christ’s atoning death on the
cross (Romans 3:26, 5:8-9).
- We preach Jesus Christ’s life (Hebrews 4:15; 1 John 3:5), His
sacrificial death in our place when His blood was shed on the cross at Calvary (which satisfied God’s eternal
judgement for sin - John 1:29; Romans 3:25; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13), His burial and His
resurrection (Luke 24:6-7; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4), in which He conquered death (1 Corinthians 15:54-57), sin
(Hebrews 9:26) and the devil (1 John 3:8) and proved that He had accomplished that for which He was sent
- We preach repentance towards God (not just sorrow over sin,
but a conscious turning away from it - Acts 26:20; 2 Corinthians 7:10), and faith (ie. trust) in Jesus Christ
(John 14:6; Acts 20:21; Romans 10:9-10) and that “it is by grace you have been saved through faith - and this
not of yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians
- We preach that through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ,
we are made righteous (ie. right standing) with God (2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9) and receive the gift
of eternal life (John 3:15-16; Romans 6:23; 1 John 5:11-12), through the Holy Spirit Who comes to live within
us as a deposit, guaranteeing our inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Corinthians 5:5).
- We preach that those who are born again of the Holy Spirit
(Who alone can save us - John 3:3-6), are new creatures in Christ with a new heart and new desires (2
Corinthians 5:17; Peter 2:24).
- We encourage those we speak to, to get right with God, either
right then, or in their own time, and would warn them about the uncertainty of life (Ecclesiastes 7:2) and the
terrible consequences if they die in their sins (John 3:36).
- If someone is convicted by the Holy Spirit and earnestly
desires salvation, we invite them to pray to God in their own words, then we would pray for them (Romans
- We encourage them to read their Bible (and will give them one
if they don’t have one, and would like one), to find a Bible-believing church and to seek after God in prayer.
We then leave them with a Gospel tract and continue to pray for their