the gospel and its power
Let’s take a step back from the blog I posted yesterday and look at the power that is inherent in the gospel. If we preach the pure gospel of grace, there is power in that message. Paul’s emphatic statement in Romans 1:16 grips our attention: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”
In speaking of the native who comes to Christ through the gospel, Oswald J. Smith says, “All that a man needs to begin with is a knowledge of the fundamental truth of the gospel and how to give them out. If a country is to be evangelized it must have evangelists. The one and only thing to do is to preach the gospel.” (The Challenge of Missions, page 87).
Adding man-made approaches to presenting the gospel does not add power to the message. In fact, they will divert the hearer away from the Person and Power of the Gospel! We must rely on the Holy Spirit for purity and power in the presentation of this glorious message.
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