Romans 1:16 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.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
When we preach the Gospel, we must not rely on our own strength because the power is in the Gospel itself. Neither should we be afraid of rejection for we are much like the mail man who is only responsible for delivering the mail. We cannot force someone to take notice of that particular piece of mail, nor do we bear the brunt of the reaction that person has towards the mail. However, if the message is not delivered, then it would be our fault and not the Holy Spirit’s.
John 16:7-8 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
The Holy Spirit is a person and good at soul winning. We do not have to assume His responsibility, and we cannot do what only the Holy Spirit can do, which is to convince people that Jesus is the Son of God and bring freedom from sin. If we try to do the Holy Spirit’s job, we will only end up bringing condemnation instead of conviction, and bondage from rules instead of freedom from sin.
We need to know that it is the Word that brings results. While we are responsible for sharing the Gospel, we are not responsible for seeing that people come into the kingdom of God, so we are free from guilt. Our job is only to plant the seed, and God will cause it to grow.
Sermon Series: Evangelism
罗马书1:16 我不以福音为耻．这福音本是 神的大能、要救一切相信的、先是犹太人、后是希利尼人。
1哥林多前书2：1-5 弟兄们、从前我到你们那里去、并没有用高言大智对你们宣传 神的奥秘。因为我曾定了主意、在你们中间不知道别的、只知道耶稣基督、并他钉十字架。我在你们那里、又软弱、又惧怕、又甚战兢。我说的话讲的道、不是用智慧委婉的言语、乃是用圣灵和大能的明证．叫你们的信不在乎人的智慧、只在乎 神的大能。