Paul was a full-fledged, bona fide, card-carrying apostle of Jesus. This man was a great theologian, the greatest in the history of the church, really. A deep thinker, he was schooled in the culture of Rome and Greece. The greatest Jewish rabbis had been his teachers.
Yet it’s interesting to note that on almost every occasion when Paul stood before a nonbeliever, he started with his testimony.
He didn’t start with some theological point or argument. Rather, he started with his story of how he came to Christ, which is a great way to begin.
Then Paul transitioned to the gospel, which is the true objective of our testimonies as Christians. This is the message people need to hear.
Paul said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16 NKJV).
The word that Paul used for power is the Greek word dunamis. We get our English word dynamite from it. In other words, there’s explosive power in the gospel.
The gospel is more important than anything. It’s more important than our programs, our preferences, our priorities, and our politics. It’s more important than anything else. This is our message to the culture. This is our message to a lost world. It’s the gospel of Jesus Christ.
So, what are we doing about it?
The Bible says, “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” (Romans 10:14 NLT).
Are we getting this message out to our sphere of influence? Are we getting it out to our hurting world?
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