Spirituality and the Preaching of the Good News
In the Gospel of Mark, we find an account in which Jesus cured many ill people, doing so late into the night. Early the next morning when he was alone praying, his apostles came and told him that many people were looking for him, perhaps wanting to be cured. However, Jesus told them:
“Let us go somewhere else, into the village towns nearby, that I may preach there also.”
Then Jesus explained why:
“It is for this purpose I have gone out.” (Mark 1:32-38; Luke 4:43)
Although curing people was important to Jesus, preaching the good news of God’s Kingdom was Jesus’ primary mission.
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus went into Gal′i·lee,+ preaching the good news of God+ 15 and saying: “The appointed time has been fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent,+ and have faith in the good news.” (Mark 1:14, 15).
14 Now Jesus returned in the power of the spirit into Gal′i·lee.+ And good reports about him spread throughout all the surrounding country. 15 Also, he began to teach in their synagogues, and he was held in honor by all. (Luke 4:14, 15)
8 Shortly afterward he traveled from city to city and from village to village, preaching and declaring the good news of the Kingdom of God.+ And the Twelve were with him, (Luke 8:1)
43 But he said to them: “I must also declare the good news of the Kingdom of God to other cities, because for this I was sent.”+ (Luke 4:43)
Today, telling others about God’s Kingdom is still an identifying mark of those who have the mind of Christ. To all who want to be his followers, Jesus gave the command:
“Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, . . . teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19, 20)
In addition, Jesus foretold:
“This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)
Since God’s Word indicates that the preaching work is accomplished by the power of the holy spirit, having a meaningful share in that work is a sign of true spirituality.
8 But you will receive power when the holy spirit comes upon you,+ and you will be witnesses+ of me in Jerusalem,+ in all Ju·de′a and Sa·mar′i·a,+ and to the most distant part* of the earth.”+ (Acts 1:8).
Preaching the Kingdom message to people around the world requires the united efforts of millions of people.
20 “I make request, not concerning these only, but also concerning those putting faith in me through their word, 21 so that they may all be one,+ just as you, Father, are in union with me and I am in union with you,+ that they also may be in union with us, so that the world may believe that you sent me. (John 17:20, 21)
Those engaged in this work need to be not only spiritually-minded but also well-organized on a global scale. Can you identify the people who are following in the footsteps of Christ and preaching the good news of the Kingdom around the world?
Looking for True Spirituality 1 Intro
Looking for True Spirituality 2 Not restricted to an elite
Looking for True Spirituality 3 Mind of Christ
Looking for True Spirituality 4 Getting to Know the Mind of Christ
Looking for True Spirituality 5 Fruitage of the Spirit
Looking for True Spirituality 6 Spirituality and Prayer
Fruits of the spirit will prevent you from being either inactive or unfruitful
Next: Looking for True Spirituality 8 Measuring Up
Dutch version of this article / De Nederlandse versie van dit artikel:
Op zoek naar spiritualiteit 7 Prediking van het goede nieuws
- Exceeding Great and Precious Promise
- The builder of the Kingdom
- Not all will inherit the Kingdom
- Knowing where to go to
- Kingdom of God what will it be like
- A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
- The Involvement of true discipleship
- Testify of the things heard
- Proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation
- Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #2 Witnessing
- A Voice to be heard
- Creator and Blogger God 4 Expounding voice
- Blogging for Jesus…
- Preaching to an unbelieving world
- Words to push and pull
- Good or bad preacher
- Learn how to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News of the coming Kingdom
- How should we preach?
- Breathing and growing with no heir
- Breathing to teach
- Bringing Good News into the world
- United people under Christ
- Manifests for believers #5 Christian Union
- Jehovah’s Witnesses not only group that preach the good news
- Belonging to or being judged by
- Holland Week of billing
- Trying to get the youth inspired
- When discouraged facing opposition
- Believing in Jesus: A Deeper Meaning (phenum01.com)
The Lord, who had confused the tongues at Babel, was not going to allow language barriers to hinder the spread of the Gospel. With the gift of tongues or languages the apostles were able to bridge the translation barriers. The assembled Jews were each able to hear the Gospel in a language they understood.
Peter’s Pentecostal Sermon
- You Are Witnesses of These Things! (thepassionists.org)
Jesus will not return immediately to exercise power, instead he will call the eleven and those gathered with them (Luke 24:33) to be witnesses to all that has happened. He will promise that they will be clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:48-49) in order that they, with his help, can build his Kingdom, his presence on earth: which we call “the Body of Christ”.
- Can you walk through the narrow gate? Luke 13:24-27 (adrianneblue1.wordpress.com)
being spiritual or religious doesn’t get you into God’s kingdom.
A Christian cannot walk down the same paths as an unbeliever and expect not to damage his/her witness.
If you know that God has been knocking on your heart to make a confession of faith in the Lord Jesus, the time is now. Tomorrow is not promised.
Stop straddling the fence (as the old people used to say). There is nothing worse than being lukewarm. Make a decision. Either follow Christ or choose to deny Him. There is no in between.
- 12/16/13 – “Why Jesus Came to Earth” – Part 3 (weeklywisdomblog.wordpress.com)
When Jesus came He provided the way for us to once again have the divine influence of God imparted back within the heart of man. When we become born again scripture reveals we are a “new creation” and the old nature has passed away and a brand new spirit, recreated in the image of God, resides within the heart.
When we take the time to listen to and follow that inward leading we are allowing our heavenly Father to once again govern the affairs of our life, and His plans are always good for us.
We must learn about our God-given authority and how to use it.
Jesus was anointed to preach the good news to the poor. This refers to both spiritually poor, as well as those who lacked anything in life. The good news is you don’t have to live with lack anymore. Man could become complete in Christ through the salvation He provided. For all who are born again they are poor no more. He is also anointed to heal the broken hearted. In life there are many things that people face that can be heart breaking, but the greatest healer and truly the only One that has the ability to heal a heart that has ever been broken through the storms of life is Jesus Christ of Nazareth. You hear believers who have faced adverse conditions say all the time, “How does anyone get through such tragedy without God?” Unfortunately many do not. With Christ in your life you have a peace that passes all understanding, and it will guard your heart and your mind. There is no better healer of the heart than the Lord Jesus.
- Evangelizing the Dead (theidolbabbler.wordpress.com)
Our job, brethren, is to proclaim who God is and what He did. Such is the means by which God births people spiritually
- Shipwrecked Faith (vanessadonnan.wordpress.com)
Witnessing His power seems like a prerequisite for a disciple called to preach the good news; if they’d never faced that storm, they’d have no credibility to testify that Jesus truly saves.
- “The Value of Woman in Furthering God’s Kingdom” (brotherregie.wordpress.com)
What is causing the youth to sway so far from the path of righteousness? I have been taught if you can not get the answer from a witness of the source, then maybe we should seek the direct source for answers to these questions?
- Healing (tpalmtree29.wordpress.com)
On one side of the scale some people say that Jesus no longer heals; that it only occurred in the New Testament period. On the other side of the scale, Jesus heals everyone and if a person is not healed, there is a reason for it which usually lies in the person who is to receive it. Two of the primary reasons that I hear or read of a person not being healed is due to a lack of faith or that the person needing healing has sin that needs to be dealt with first.
one needs faith to be healed.
- What, then, is Ministry? (arontani.wordpress.com)
To the whole people of God the apostles could say, “you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9 NRSV).
We are all the Body of Christ, and thus it is for all of us to participate in the mission of Jesus Christ, who proclaimed “release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19 NRSV).
- Come and See, Go and Tell (jesushealsthesick.wordpress.com)
The first believers were witnesses, men and women of experience, people who had a first hand knowledge of Jesus and the things that accompany salvation.
No wonder their testimony was bold and backed up by signs and wonders.
All believers must walk the same path, we are called to come and see, then to go and tell.
those who know their God will be strong and do exploits, they will go forth a light shinning in the darkness of this world and proclaiming with confidence the safety, assurance and salvation which is in Christ Jesus.
Thank you for your writing; it is very timely, in light of the direction that the world is headed today.
My prayers are with you. EB John 17:3,
Very well put together, God bless you!
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