Aug 5, 2009

The Gospel Not Reliant On Your Style

In the past few years I have had the opportunity to hear one of the worlds best known evangelists preach the gospel message. I must say that I was somewhat surprised by the lack of style and public communication skills. BUT I was delightfully shocked at the amount of people that responded to the gospel - blown away is closer to the truth.

As I observed the response time I realised just how stylistic based I was. Could it be that my trust and hope were in my style and ability to communicate and not in the power of the gospel? Charles Haddon Spurgeon was once asked how you defend the gospel and his response was, ‘How do you defend a lion? You don’t! You just turn him loose’. I think at times we try to defend the gospel with our human ingenuity, our clever rhetoric and our stylistic communication skills yet this gospel that we preach is about God and by God - it has inherent power, divine origin that does not need our human enabling.

Paul said, ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes’ (Rom 1:16). It does not say that it is the power of God when presented in the correct manner; when articulated with passion and eloquence or great oratory skills! The gospel, unblemished, unimpaired, is the power of God unto salvation.

We need to be a people who are confident in the gospel and confident in the Holy
Spirit who will speak through the Word and hammer home the gospel truth.
(John 16:7-11)But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt[a] in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.