By Brooke Holt
"How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?" Romans 10:14
As I walk the dog each morning, I love to listen to sermons and Christian teachings on YouTube. This morning’s teaching challenged me to consider the difference between a teacher and a preacher. All pastors are called to be shepherds and teachers, and all believers are called to be preachers. What does this mean?
A teacher is one who is spiritually gifted to instruct people in the ways of the Lord. Not all of us are gifted to be teachers for the Lord, but all of us are equipped to be preachers. The word preach means to declare truth, to tell others the Word of God, the good news of the Gospel. Declarations such as “Jesus died for you,” is a divine truth anyone can share. God, through the Bible, calls you to declare who he is, why he sent his Son, and how he wants to live in relationship with his people. He invites every believer into this holy work.
You may not be called to preach from the pulpit each Sunday, but you are called to share the Gospel with your children, friends, family members, people at work, or those in your neighborhood. A big, lost world out there is waiting to hear the news.
Paul asks an important and pointed question – if you don’t tell them, how will they know? How did you hear the Gospel and come to believe? Did you hear it from your parents, your friends, or a co-worker inviting you to church? Someone told you, you came and heard for yourself, and the Spirit awakened you to believe.
Before Jesus ascended to the Father, he instructed the disciples, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). You are his disciple, and you have the divine call and responsibility to tell others about Jesus, to invite them to church or Bible study, and to nurture them in the faith.
Are you declaring the Gospel message? Are you sharing what God had done in your life and inviting them to come, see, and hear the words of life? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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