church has been given a work to do. That work is to evangelize the
commanded the apostles to go into all the world and preach the Gospel
creature (Mark 16:15-16). The Gospel is the good news that Jesus died
cross for the sins of the world, that He was buried and that He was
from the grave, so that man might be saved and have the hope of eternal
Christ said that it was the facts of that
Gospel—the facts of
that good news—that were to be taken to all the world. He
also said that the commands
of the Gospel were to be preached and obeyed
if man was to be
Christians exist in a city or village, and throughout the world,
wherever the Gospel
has been preached and there are those who were willing to obey it. With
conversion of two or more, a local congregation is established and
function. In addition to meeting each first day of the week to worship,
main work is to evangelize, to preach the Gospel to those in that area,
it grows in knowledge and numbers, it is to reach out to the whole area
effort to establish other congregations.
a group of Christians, that make up a local congregation, should never
satisfied to just meet on the first day of the week to worship. Worship
important, as well as living the daily Christian life, but each
the local congregation itself, should be very much aware of the need to
the Gospel to their family members, to friends, to those with whom they
and to people in general.
is busy taking the Gospel to others, then it is happy, has a mission,
and goals to reach the lost, and as a result, the congregation will
spiritually and numerically.
Christian? If so, what are you doing? Are you teaching God’s
Word to those
around you? Have you converted anyone? What are your plans for the
a member of
the Lord’s church, a member of a local congregation, what is
doing? What efforts is it making to take the Gospel to others? Is the
growing? Is it establishing other congregations in the area around
live? What plans does it have for the future?
May God help us to do more to take the Gospel to the world. This is the
hope of mankind. This is your hope and my hope.