Promoting The Gospel
We are committed to seeing the Gospel promoted among the nations as well as in our own neighborhoods. All believers have been given the opportunity to participate in evangelism and the spread of the gospel. We have not all been given the same gifts or the same resources, and so we may not all participate in precisely the same way. God’s Word tells us that there is more than one way to be involved.
The Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20) has been given to the church, to make disciples by preaching the Gospel among the nations and baptizing them in the name of our Triune God. The book of Acts gives to us a picture of what this looks like. On the day of Pentecost, as Peter preached the Gospel, we are told that those “that gladly received his word were baptized, and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). Those who received the gospel were baptized and then added to the church. Therefore, the goal of evangelism is to see souls added, both spiritually and formally, to Christ church, wherein they may be taught to observe all that Christ has commanded. In this regard, Sycamore is committed to preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and calling sinners to repent and believe. Likewise, we are committed to seeing new churches planted both home and abroad.
But not all are preachers, church planters, and evangelists. Yet, we may all participate in this great work. We may all invite friends and neighbors to church. The Apostle Paul says that we even participate in this work of evangelism through our public worship. On the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples as they were gathered together, it was the public praise of God’s people that the nations heard (Acts 2:11). Likewise, Peter says that we are to “proclaim the praises of Him” (1 Pet 2:9), so that if there are any unbelievers present, “the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you” (1 Cor 14:25).
Furthermore, God’s Word tells us that we can vitally participate in this work through prayer (Matt 9:37-38; Col 2:2-4) and financial giving (Phil 1:5). Paul goes so far to call this “participation in the gospel.”
We are also able to promote the Gospel throughout the week, regardless of our giftedness or resources. Each one of us is called to be light and salt, to be faithful in our conduct so that we “may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things” (Titus 2:10). Paul says we can do this even by seeking to lead a “quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside” (1 Thess 4:9-12). Therefore, God may use even a quiet submission to where He has placed us in his Providence to promote the Gospel among “those who are outside.” Finally, brethren, “sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed” (1 Pet 3:15-16).