How to preach the Good News without fear
Updated: Aug 11, 2021
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.
Yet, before we get there make sure that you are aware of what The Good News is and why is it important and then you can let me try to help you preach it with confidence:
Remember why you started or want to start preaching
Sometimes, 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, I don't know how to do something but, what I learnt is that when you focus on 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.
Preaching is practical.
You can find dozen of articles, sermons and resources that will give you the theoretical part and methods/techniques of how to preach the Good News, but just reading about it is not enough.
You actually need to put in the work and knowing your 'why' will help you when motivation and the how are not there, too.
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 and within my reach to be saved and enjoying sweet eternity in the all-magnificent presence of God, who loves us all without restraint!
My way is God and His people, His glory and what pleases Him.
The way I see it, the focus of our why should be God, not us.
Bringing people to God, not praises and recognition to ourselves.
Doing it for God, not ourselves, our egos.
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 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 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...
They 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, at the end of it.
Jesus was, and still is, faithful 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 kill Him for it.
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, I still seek to remind myself that there will be people who won't agree with what I am doing and I am 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 but, know this:
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, too.
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 (Isaiah 41:13)?
Who has been there from day one and has never abandoned you, no matter how the circumstances may advocate for otherwise (Joshua 1:9)?
Who is there to embrace you when you are sad, desperate and confused?
Who is there at all times, all places, with you?
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.