Here are 4 guideposts I have come to use in my own proclamation of the Gospel, and I urge fixing these in your mind as you seek to tell the Good News faithfully.
As our culture runs further and further from a basic biblical understanding of the world, I find it increasingly important to begin any proclamation of the Gospel with Creation. To me it's the only way to clearly communicate that we bear any obligation to serve God. He made us. We belong to Him. He demands that we worship Him and carry out His purposes on the earth. If I don't start with Creation, I find it very difficult to get any traction.
Recently I have been struck by the angel's preaching of "an eternal gospel" in Revelation 14:7:
This week in our college Sunday school class, we zoomed in on Jesus' parable of the wedding feast:
1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. 3 And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come. 4 Again he sent out other slaves saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.”’ 5 But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business, 6 and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them. 7 But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire. 8 Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.’ 10 Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests.
In our class, we asked a few questions of this parable.
If the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast, then . . .
This week we read a heap of New Testament passages which talk about "calling," or being "called":