5-5 Go Teach But Where
We know that we are supposed to teach the gospel. But the where, the who, the how and the when often are questions that hinder our execution of the Great Commission. Courage to do what is commanded and right is often gained when we are sure of the proper application of the principles of truth. The answers to the four questions mentioned above are accessible to us. If we will accept our marching orders from the Lord, we can be certain we are on right ground. Here are the answers He records for us.
- The where: into all the world (Mk. 16:15); everywhere (Acts 8:4); where you are (Acts 9:19-20); in the palace (Phil. 1:13-14); in the streets and in homes (Acts 20:20); amidst the false churches (Acts 17:18-22); in the stores (Acts 17:17)
- The who: every creature (Mk. 16:15); all nations (Mt. 28:19); a friend (John 1:44-46); a stranger (Acts 8:29-30); a crowd (Acts 17:22); an individual (John 9:35); a husband or a wife (1 Cor. 7:16).
- The how: in love (Eph. 4:15); with boldness (Eph. 6:20); with humility (Acts 20:19; Col. 3:12); with knowledge of consequences (2 Cor. 5:11);
- The when: when you are traveling (John 4:3-15); when you are at home (Mark 6:1-4); when it is well received (Acts 2:41); when it is rejected and hated (Acts 14:44-52); when you are imprisoned (Acts 24:24-26); always (2 Tim. 2:3)
As the army of the Lord, let us go forth, for “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord…but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God” (2 Tim. 1:7-8)