Proposition: When someone really understands the implications and urgency of the gospel, he can't help but share it.
I. A MYSTERY TO BE REVEALED
A. A truth, vs. 1, 2II. A COMMISSION TO BE OBEYED
B. A revealed truth, vs. 3, 5
C. A welcome truth, v. 6
A. A divine Commander, v. 7III. A BLESSING TO BE IMPARTED
B. A humble servant, v. 8
C. An eternal purpose, v. 11
A. The blessing of support, v. 16Conclusion: We should spread the gospel because it is both a responsibility and a privilege.
B. The blessing of presence, v. 17
C. The blessing of insight, vs. 18, 19
In Kenya, Africa, among the Masai, is a Christian
named Kimiti Ole Rerente. He has never been to school, but he has
memorized great portions of Scripture. He preaches the gospel in
neighboring villages. He teaches children. He has won his whole
family to Christ. He assists the missionaries in their tasks.
He is a Christian who has truly found the good news too good to keep.
Oh, one more thing: he is blind!
It is almost impossible for anyone to see a rainbow
and not point it out to someone else. Did you ever notice that?
It's the kind of thing that just must be shared. You see one, and
you want to tell someone about it at once. If you have ever been
by yourself and seen a rainbow, you probably found it frustrating.
There was no one to whom you could say, "Look! See the rainbow!"
The gospel is such a beautiful expression of God's love that it just must
There are two kinds of books that always sell well
- mysteries and love stories. The gospel is both. It is a mystery,
long hidden, at last revealed. It is a love story in the finest sense
of that word, for it unveils God's love for the world and for us.
Islam, the religion of the Moslems, is built about
a stone that is said to have come down from Heaven. It is kept in
a sacred building, the Kaabala, in a very sacred city, Mecca, where no
non-Muslim is allowed to go. We believe it was not a stone that came down
from Heaven, but a message, a word, a gospel!
Letters are ended with a phrase that English teachers call a complimentary close. Nowadays, it s usually one word, like "Cordially" or "Sincerely" or "Fondly." It used to be that such letters always closed with, "Yours truly," and before that the odd phrase, "Your obedient servant." That's the way our prayers should close! That should characterize our attitude to God: "Your obedient servant!"