Updated: Jan 27
As Christians, we are called to preach about the Good News or, in other words, the Gospel and yet, many of us are not comfortable doing so and are even afraid of doing it.
It can be really scary and hard to preach the Good News to the world, especially if you are new to it, and this post will be my attempt to show you how you can preach the Good News without fear.
However, before I actually get to that, let's just make sure that we are all on the same page when it comes to knowing what the Good News is (edit):
What's the Good News?
I have spent a huge deal of my life just saying that I will dedicate it to preaching the Good News and yet, it only recently came to me that I hadn't fully grasped what it truly is about.
I knew that it is about the life, the death and resurrection of Christ but I also knew that there was more for me to understand from it and there is. . .
I have literally written a whole blog post on what the Good News is, why is it good at all and why we should preach and you should look at that one first if you wish to understand more about the Good News.
BUT. . .
For you lovely ladies who don't wanna jump from post to post, let me just brief you quickly on what the Good News is and why we should preach it:
I have read and heard from different people what the Good News is and it all comes back to the same message as of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:1-5:
"Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve."
That's the essence of it but, that passage combined with the interpretation of other believers (pastors and non-pastors), I will show you the same message, same meaning but just worded differently:
The Good News is that God became men in Jesus Christ, and He died for our sins and rose from the dead, not only proving that He is indeed the Son of God but that He is also triumphant over everything and because of what He did, there is now no condemnation, no eternal death, for those who repent from their sins and believe in Christ, but everlasting joy and life.
For some reason, my heart is tasting this wording, of the same message, better. It is kinda like shifting from one version to another, and the latter making you understand things better.
It's that "Ah-ha!" kind of feeling.
You got that part, right?
No? Read it a few more times and even search for more Bible verses about it to help you understand it.
Good, let's just see, in a truly briefed paragraph, why the Good News is good at all?
As a summary from the post I have told you to check, the Good News is good - no, scratch that. . . Great - for all of us because we were doomed without God intervention and greatness.
Okay, let me be clearer. . . (Doesn't look like I am going to be that brief, after all).
It all starts with the creation of everything, by God, and then it proceeds with us, humans, deciding that we wanted to be like Him, because the evil snake, The Devil, convinced us that it was possible, which is not.
But, we fell for it and because of that, we disobeyed God and were separated from Him, and from there onwards, even as God helped us get closer to Him, we were just not fit enough to undo what was done. We couldn't redeem ourselves for we were, and still are, sinful.
We were set for damnation if it all depended on us to be put right with God.
Thankfully, because God is awesome, God came down Himself to save us, redeem us and bring us to Him.
We were, and still are, so sinful that there was nothing we can do to put ourselves right with God. Our human nature was, and still is, against God and who stands against God doesn't get a happy ending.
We were not going to get a happy ending at all. Actually, we were all going to be getting the worst ending in the history of everything.
But God didn't allow that because, again, He is great.
He came down, as Jesus Christ, and died for our sins, suffering what we should have suffered and going where we should have been going, rising from death and triumphing over it and everything, and providing salvation for everyone who accepted Him as the wonderful Lord, Kind of everything, and Saviour of all that He is, and followed Him, of course.
Because of God, those who believe in Him, love and follow Him, are no longer condemned and guaranteed hell but are saved, no more hell and suffering forever, and given eternal life.
The ones who believe in and follow Jesus Christ get the happiest end there is in existence: They get eternal life and get to spend every single day of their beautiful life with the most beautiful, magnificent and perfect Person in existence, a.k.a., God.
That's just. . . Wow!
That's the best news there is. That's the Good News and that's why it is good.
Nothing can surpass that and everyone needs it because, after all, we are sinners and we all fall short of God's glory and we deserved to go to hell yet, as Christians, we were saved by God, by His Grace, and through our faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9), for we believe and follow Him.
Both Grace and Faith are gifts from God, and both are the gifts that saved us from eternal death, not our actions or whatever else we think it was.
It was God who saved us from His own wrath which would have perfectly judged us to be sentenced to eternal death.
As Paul Washer said:
"When a man gets saved, he gets saved from God. The justice of God was coming for you. God saved you from Himself, God saved you for Himself and God saved you by Himself."
That's why it is good. That's it is THE Good News.
Now. . .
Why should we preach it?
Well, as I said before, we all need it!
We all need to know how doomed we all are without Christ and we all need that sweet salvation and gift of eternal life.
You and I have both been shown just how miraculous and brilliant The Good News is, and why we need it. Now we need to make sure that everyone else knows about it, too!
There are people out there that are just living, oblivious to the situation of their lives outside of Christ and, if we don't warn them about it, if we don't show them what's going on, we are letting them walk into that terrible, horrible, no good, very bad ending called eternal life, more like eternal death, in hell and forever being separated from God.
We are watching people die forever, and if we don't warn them, we will be held accountable for that (Check the more in-depth post for the explanation of this part - or just check Ezekiel 3:18).
We all need to embrace the Good News and we, as Christians, have been commissioned to spread the Good News (Matthew 28:18-20).
And now, believing that you understand what the Good News is and why is it so important to share with others, let me try to help you preach it with confidence:
Remember why you started or want to start preaching
Sometimes - many times, actually - when I want to do something but am not so sure about doing it it's because I am focusing far too much on the how instead of focusing on the why?
Sometimes - many times - I don't know how to do something but, what I learnt is that when you focus on the why you are doing what you are doing, you are going to have the drive to do it and learn the ropes of how to do it without feeling like you are going mental.
So, a really strong why - the reason behind it - will motivate you to go out there, take that leap of faith even though you are kinda scared and just do it, and in the doing of it, you are going to learn how to do it with more confidence.
It's just like with any other practical activity.
When you want to do something and you are really passionate about it, you do it, keep practising it until you feel scared no more, or at least not like before.
Preaching is practical, ladies.
I am willing to bet that you can find dozen of articles, sermons and whatnot that will give you the theoretical part and methods/techniques of how to preach the Good News but, reading about it is not enough.
Just knowing how to do it and not actually doing it is not that helpful at all, and when you have a strong reason to why you want to do what you do, you will have a strong drive to push you to do it.
As for me, I believe that my why is a mix of wanting to always do as God commanded me to do, wanting the people around me to be saved and not get to spend eternity in hell but with God, opening everybody's eyes to what we should be focusing on and so forth.
Now that I am writing about it, I am seeing that I really need to fully clarify my why, or why's because they look kinda messy but they are true.
Let's go over them one more time so that I am sure of what I am saying. . .
Nicole's why to wanting to preach the Good News:
She has been commanded to do it by God and since she loves God and wants to please Him, she wants to preach His Word!
She doesn't want her loved ones and others to keep on walking in the darkness. She knows that everything in life just gets a different and better meaning when people live for Christ and she wants her loved ones and others to experience that. Oh, and to not suffer forever in hell.
It pleases God and gives her more meaning in this life. When God is happy she is happy and when she is happy in God, God is happy - it's a beautiful feeling that it's kinda hard to explain but so good to live it.
We all need to open our eyes to what truly matters and that is Christ, not our worldly desires, our selfish attitudes and whatnot. We are being lied to by the ways of this world, by the leader of this world (The Devil) and she wants everyone, including herself, to see what the Light (Jesus) is showing them and let the Light shine away the darkness, both hidden and visible, in them. In everyone.
Still looks like a lot but, that's the essence of it, I think. There are many why's for me, as so it appears, and there can be many for you, too.
Just make sure they honour/glorify God, not yourself.
May God forbid me from preaching His precious Word with the desire to make myself look good.
I know my pride and I talk to God about it because I hate it.
The focus of our why, at least the way I see it, should be God, not us.
Bring people to God, not praises and recognition to ourselves.
Do it for God, not ourselves, our egos.
We should ask ourselves, not just when wanting to preach, why we want to do it?
Why do you want to go out there and talk about what God did, tell people about the Good News?
Is it because you want people to see that God is worth loving, following and adoring or is it because you want to gain something, other than joy in Him, from it?
So, if I am to be honest here and summarise my why's, I would say that they are indeed focused on God and others, in a way.
Why did I say others in a way?
Because I want people to be saved, to have their eyes opened and turn from their old and sinful ways by going to God and living for Him. We all need to go to God and live for Him, delight in Him for there is nothing more precious and important in this life than God.
So, yes, I want to preach the Word because it pleases God when I obey and I do want to obey because I love Him and know that He knows best, and I also want to preach the Word so that others may come to enjoy God by being saved [by Him].
So now is your turn to figure out your WHY, if you haven't yet, and make sure it is strong enough to get you to take the leap of faith in preaching the Word of God with confidence.
Remember that preaching is for all Christians
It doesn't matter if you are a pastor, have studied theology, have some kind of ministry or are just an (extra)ordinary Christian like myself. . . You are called out to preach the Good News, too.
All of God's people, followers and disciples - yay, us - are commissioned to go out there and make disciples of all nations.
Even if you are fairly new to this but are really into introducing people to god, you are free to do it.
You don't need to be a pastor or head of a church or ministry to talk about Jesus to others. So, don't think that you need years of studying theology or the Bible to be telling people about how great Jesus is.
You already have everything you need with you.
You have your testimony, your faith, your desire to preach the Good News and the Holy Spirit (God) with you.
You are good to go.
Remember Jesus' warning
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me."
- John 15:18-21
There are going to be people who will surely hate you and your whole preaching thing.
There were people who hated Jesus for no good reason. No good reason at all...
Yes, I am talking of the religious people in the Bible, the Pharisees and Sadducees and the whole gang who persecuted Jesus, even in festivals and celebrations but because Jesus was not there to please men and He was bent on doing what the One who sent Him, God, told Him to do, Jesus kept on preaching, kept on calling out people, kept on shedding His unique light and He was killed.
Jesus was, and still is, faith to God all the way to His painful death.
He did what God told Him to do, knowing fully well that there were going to be people who wouldn't like it, who would hate Him for it and even blame Him for things He didn't do so that they could get Him killed.
And seeing that we are to be like Him, follow His footsteps, we are to remember that God did warn us that we would be persecuted.
The number of times I have been mocked and laughed at for being Christian, in my family to be specific, has just been something else and even when it hurts because it hurts sometimes, I still seek to remind myself that there will be people who won't agree with what I am doing and you are most likely going to be persecuted for living for and preaching about Christ.
You will most likely face some kind of persecution for being Christ's follower and there will probably be moments when you will feel down, feel abandoned by God, thinking that He is not there to defend you when, in reality, He has never left.
The world will hate you fro you definitely don't belong to the world but you belong to God and since this is a fact, have this other fact deeply engraved in your heart:
God loves you and He wants the very best for you. He has mapped out your whole life, seen the trials you are going to face, the people who will persecute you, the thoughts that will cross your mind and He still decided to send you, as His child, His disciple, to go out there and introduce people to Him.
And He is not sending you there to fend for yourself. No, you have got His Spirit, You have got Him right in your corner and a bunch of other saints/believers to.
We are all in this together and most importantly, we have got God.
The world doesn't have God but we do, and through Him and His strength, we can do all things (Philippians 4:13) so go out there and face this cruel world with confidence that you are not going to be doing it alone.
We are both are going to be doing this with God because it's only with God that we can do this the right way and with confidence. God-given confidence.
Remember who's got your back (Jesus)
Sometimes, doing new things or challenging things alone can really make us shake, and those are the times, the golden opportunities, to remember who has got your back.
Who is right next to you, in front of you, behind you, around you and within you when you face new struggles, challenges and stages of your life and journey as a Christian?
Who is there to give you strength when you have none?
Who is there to hold your hand when you are scared and uncertain about the path you are facing? (verse here)
Who has been there from day one and has never abandoned you, no matter how the circumstances may advocate for otherwise? (Verse here)
Who is there to embrace you when you are sad, desperate and confused?
Who is there at all times, all places, with you? (Verses here)
The One who has everything the whole of existence in His hand (Jobs 42:2) and works for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28)?
The One who is faithful to you EVEN when you are not faithful to Him? (Verse here)
Who is this beautiful and surely one of a kind Person that loves you so much that He died for you?
(Animation of God - the Name - here)
Yes, that's who He is and He has got your back.
And not only that, babes. He has got you back and your front, and your sides and your life in those perfect, caring and miraculous hands of His.
He has got the whole existence sustained in His Word (verse here), everything having to answer to Him, and He is the one that is sending you out there to spread His Word.
He could have surely sent lots of His angels to do what He is telling you to do but he chose you for a reason. Everything that goes on this world, this existence, happens for a reason and that reason is God, His glory - the glory that we are to adore pointing our fingers to.
Everything happens through and for Christ (Colossians 1:14-20). Everything depends on Christ, on God and this is the One and true God who has got your back.
If we all believe and meditate a lot on that truth, the things we can do through Him, of course, will be infinite and that includes preaching to whole nations.
Remember that God is with you in all that you do, and ask Him for His strength to get you through anything because it can.
Start small, build up your courage
It's important to remember that when God said go make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20), He didn't necessarily say that you should go straight out on national TV or some mass media platform to reach millions or even billions of people at once.
No, I don't think He necessarily meant that.
I do think that he told us to go and make disciples of all nations, and that can be by reach to one person first, building up for your confidence and roots in Christ, while at it, and then proceed to the next person when you feel like you can let go of the previous person let them go and make disciples of all nations, or are satisfied with how the previous person is relating with God.
What I want to say is: start small and build up your courage.
As Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 10:5-10:
“Don’t begin by travelling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously. Don’t think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, and all you need to keep that going is three meals a day. Travel light."
To preach the Good News, we don't need to travel miles away from home or confront some big public enemy to be doing something that pleases God.
No, we have got dozens of lost and confused people right in our countries, and now I am sounding like a hypocrite because I have barely been preaching to the people of my own country, at all. Although preaching for other lost and confused people in other countries is not bad at all, it would be good to actually get around preaching in my own country.
Well, I will see what I do about that and while I am at it, I suggest you write a list of the lost and confused people you know and try preaching to them.
I know that it can be something else trying to preach the Good News to family members, friends and people close to us but, let's not forget our why(s), alright?
Remember that those close to you also need Jesus and you can be the one to show them the Light. Or the one that lets them stay in the dark when you have seen and love the Light.
Don't let their fears and insecurities restrict you from showing Jesus and His value to your family. Don't let them walk in the darkness.
And don't let fear stop you from doing what is right, stop you from preaching the Word of God.