The Urgency of Preaching By Rev Eastwood Anaba
Topic: The Urgency of Preaching
Scripture Reading:Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 4:1-19
Main Text:Luke 4:18
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Jesus Christ attached so much urgency to the task of preaching the Gospel that He did not wait for those who needed it to come to Him – He took the Gospel to them. He went to cities and villages teaching and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and healing sicknesses. He did not go only to the cities but also to the villages. Preachers must not exclude some places from their targets because they are too big or small – cities and villages must all be included (Matthew 9:35).
Jesus Christ commanded His disciples in the great commission to go to the world with the Gospel. He did not tell them to wait for people to come to them. The great commission is a “go ye therefore” commission, not a “wait for them to come” one. We must preach the Gospel in season and out of season. The Gospel is not a seasonal Gospel – it must be preached in all seasons. The Gospel is not a sectional Gospel – it must be preached to all people.
The Gospel is not a sensational Gospel – its’ preaching is not always accompanied by spectacular events. Believers must not wait for perfect conditions to preach the Gospel. The world is repulsing and rejecting the Gospel more and more and we must be more aggressive and audacious in our approach to preaching. The Spirit of the Lord was upon Jesus Christ to empower Him to work tirelessly in preaching the Gospel. As believers persevere in preaching however, the light of the Gospel overcomes the darkness (2 Corinthians 4:3-5).
Prayer:1. Pray that the Holy Ghost will help you renew your mind to attach a sense of urgency to the preaching of the Gospel.
2. Pray also that the Holy Ghost will put in your heart a renewed burden for preaching the Gospel.
Extract From: “For This Purpose” by Eastwood Anaba