5 Reasons Why Christians Should Share the Gospel
Why is it important to share the gospel? According to Scripture it is the duty of every born again Christian to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel is also known as the “good news”. In the Bible the Gospel pertains to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in order to deliver humanity from the consequence of sin and reconcile us with God eternally.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 says: Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you— unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures
Below are 5 Reasons why we should share the Gospel
1. The message of the Gospel leads to Salvation
The purpose of sharing the gospel is to lead the lost towards salvation in Christ. When we share the gospel it’s because we want unbelievers to appreciate the work Jesus did on the cross to save humanity from sin, and then persuade them to respond and believe in Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Romans 1:18 says that the Gospel is “the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes…”
In 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 Paul again links his preaching of the gospel to the salvation of those who receive and believe the gospel.
Therefore one of the main purposes of the gospel is to lead people to salvation by sharing the love of God and the sacrifice Christ made on the cross so that we inherit eternal life if we believe in Him (John 3:16).
2. Jesus commanded us to share the Gospel
Jesus Christ commissioned and instructed us to share the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15 NLT says: And then He told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”
So the gospel is meant for everyone. It is to be shared without discrimination to all kinds of people from all kinds of cultures and belief systems.
Furthermore, Jesus has instructed every Christian believer to share the Good News because every Christian is a minister of God.
3. God loves humanity and He does not want to see people perish
God loves humanity even though we are sinners. Romans 5:8 says: But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
So God’s main motive for desiring to save humanity is because He loves us and He is “not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9)
Therefore we should seek to imitate the same love and desire that God has for humanity. As Christians we must be motivated by love to share the gospel because just like God, we should not want to see anyone perish.
So we share the gospel because we love God and we love others, and because we desire to see people repent and be spiritually reconciled to God.
4. Hell is real and Hell is eternal
Receiving the gospel message, followed by believing in Jesus as Lord and Savior will lead to eternal life. However, rejecting the gospel means rejecting Christ and this ultimately leads to death or eternal punishment in hell.
One of the reasons why Jesus was crucified and why He paid the penalty for our sins, was to save believers from experiencing eternal punishment.
Romans 6:23 says: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Revelation 20:15 says: And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
We must therefore share the gospel with a reverential fear of God because we understand the reality and the eternal consequences if people die and go to hell.
In Luke 12:5 Jesus says: “But I will warn you whom to fear: fear Him who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him!”
5. Understanding & Appreciation of the Gospel prevents deception
When people believe and appreciate the true Gospel, then they will be able to recognize a false gospel.
It is only when we have knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the true gospel that we can avoid being deceived by various false gospels.
Without an understanding and appreciation of the true gospel, people can be deceived by various false gospels such as antinomianism, universalism, salvation by works and also money-centred heretical teachings such as prosperity gospel and seed faith doctrines.
There are many dangers associated with false gospels and teachings.
In the New Testament, letters such as Romans, Galatians, 2 Corinthians and Titus frequently combat false teachings and false gospels.
Paul says the following in Galatians 1:6-9: “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.”
So the duty of every true Christian believer is to present the true Biblical gospel of Jesus Christ. We should avoid preaching any message that opposes the true nature and character of God and distorts the true purpose of Christ’s finished work on the cross.
Sharing the gospel should be a Christian lifestyle. It should be something we do whenever we have the opportunity and at any venue, location and in any circumstance.