Sharing good news…



Romans 10:14 But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? 15 And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

In this passage the apostle Paul is explaining how Gentile people (those who are not Jews) will also share in the blessing of the gospel of Jesus. There is a particular methodology which worked well for Paul 2,000 years ago, and still works today.

First, Paul indicates that people will not come to faith in Jesus Christ all by themselves. People come to faith by hearing the story of Jesus. People hear the story of Jesus when are sent out to tell the story. This is the part that grabbed me this morning. Here’s what my bible commentary says on this topic:

For (others to receive Jesus as Lord), they need someone to announce him to them; and for that, the announcers need to be “sent” (ἀποσταλῶιν apostalōsin, “apostled”).

Of course, we know that the apostle Paul was one of the foremost apostles of his day – or any day. He was sent all over the known world of his day to proclaim the gospel. He was “apostled”. Guess what? So are you.

This is holy week, a week of remembering the final days of Jesus. This week the congregation I serve will remember Jesus’ last supper on Thursday,  Jesus’ death on Good Friday, and his glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday. We will tell the story of Jesus together.

And we know there will be people worshipping with us this week who do not normally do so, which is a treat. And an opportunity in two particular ways:

1. For those of you who will be attending worship services this week, take the opportunity to invite someone to join you who perhaps doesn’t normally attend. Non-church people tend to be more open to invitations during Christmas and Easter. I know it’s only one worship service, but my life was completely changed years ago when I attended one worship service. Seriously.

2. For those of you who are pastors, remember that you’re likely to get more visitors to your church this week than normal. How might we make the most of this chance to share the gospel with people for whom Christianity is not yet a significant part of life?

Lord Jesus, this is a very important week for your church. Give us grace to invite others to our churches and to faithfully share the good news of your great mercy and love. We ask this in your holy name. Amen.

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