The Power of the Articulated Gospel
First the gospel must be heard and then the gospel must be articulated. Do not underestimate the power of the articulated gospel.
Here we find “the whole machinery of the gospel” (Spurgeon)
1. The Word Is Brought Near
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); (Romans 10:8)
How were you brought to faith or anyone else in the world?
The word was brought near! It is brought near by preaching the gospel. It is brought near in verbal form. It is a word of words. It is a word that leads to faith.
We have had the word brought near and so we bring near the gospel to others.
2. The Power of the Gospel to Save
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:9-13)
This gospel is for all and has the power to save all.
How do we know the elect or the called or the predestined? They call upon the name of the Lord and believe.
We are in the sowing business and we do it indiscriminately. We are not good at strategically managing soil for salvation.
3. We See the Necessity of Articulating the Gospel
The gospel requires words to be preached and to be heard and to be saved and even to be rejected.
The gospel cannot be brought near by just being there. The famous quote by St. Francis to preach the gospel and use words if necessary is not true. You cannot preach the gospel without words. Whatever you are doing when you are not speaking you are not preaching the gospel.
Just try and make a proposal without words. We are made in the image of a speaking God and they are essential to who we are and what are life means ad what is the gospel.
Human gestures are effective in two ways in the basic communication of affirmation or denial and adept at communicating emotion. Beyond that gestures are confusing and limited.
We are lost without words.
American sign language is not gestures but the communication of words!
Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed. (1 Corinthians 15:11)
So we preach! So that they will believe!
“Our job is too get his word to their ears. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to get the word from their ears to their hearts” (Spurgeon)
I am unapologeticaly a conversionist. There is a radical conversion that takes place when one hears and believes the gospel.
If we are left without words we cannot fulfill the commandment and commission of Christ. Faith without words is dead.
We are a people who have to be willing to die for words. We have to articulate the gospel and we must do it rightly.
How were you saved? Why were we surprised when people believe?
Do we hear multiple testimonies or just one testimony of the power of the word?
Use words and use the right ones!