“What Do You Preach?” By Kirk Hunt
For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness
1 Corinthians 1:22–23 NKJV
Paul would preach the same Gospel to Jews and Greeks. Some, from each group, would reject the message, for different reasons. Why did he continue to preach and teach the same thing?
Truth does not require agreement. No matter how much, or in what way, you or others disagree with gravity, you still fall from high to low. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is disruptive and convicting, in different ways, to different people. That does not change the truth of Him.
Greeks, using logic and rational thought, viewed the Gospel as superstition. Jews, using history and traditional interpretation, viewed the Gospel as heresy. Both were, and are, uniquely wrong.
Two millennia later, some folks are still getting it wrong. The truth of the Gospel is still the ultimate truth. His truth is almost always disruptive and convicting, even to the best of us. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is still the only way to salvation.
As a Christian, you must find a way to respectfully and lovingly communicate the Gospel. You must be prepared to just as respectfully and lovingly hear, or endure, the negative response some will give. For the sake of the Gospel most of the Apostles died in violent, tortuous ways. Saints in the western hemisphere rarely endure more than harsh words.
Mere disagreement, no matter who or how much, does not negate the Gospel. Preach His truth. Pray in faith they will receive and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Think: God’s truth is the ultimate truth, no matter who disagrees.
Pray: “Lord, help me to believe and teach Your Gospel, no matter who disagrees.”
Copyright © September 2017, Kirk Hunt
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