Summary: How to be effective in bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom into the world?
“And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God” (Luke 8:1, KJV)
In this world, we need words. The most effective way to communicate people is through words.
Our words may be of good effects as well as bad—it determines our destiny. The Bible says, “For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned" (Matt 12:37, NIV).
The most important message God’s people need to speak in these last days is “Glad Tidings of the Kingdom.” It is the good news of the coming kingdom of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. It is the glad tidings that Jesus Christ is coming very soon. Soon and very soon we will go to see the King. He is even at the door.
It is good news that we will be going to heaven with Jesus—that in there “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev 21:4, NIV).
It is the glad tidings that Jesus Christ will come to solve our problems—political, social, physical, spiritual, and mental problems. Christ will come to change our corrupted bodies into his glorious body. “…who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” (Phil. 3:21, NIV).
When our first parent fell into sin Satan owned this world. If this earth is owned by Satan, then Jesus’ kingdom will not originate from here.
Look to what the Bible says: “Jesus said, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place” (John 18:36, NIV).
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…” (Phil 3:20, NIV).
There are three action words we need to do so that people will benefit by our words. It is a matter of involvement, participation, and cooperation.
Personally, we need to be involve, participate, and cooperate. God’s people were involved, participated, and cooperated with Jesus. The twelve disciples was with Him. Certain women were with him. Mary Magdalene was with Him etc. (Lk. 8:1-3). They were involved, participated and cooperated.
God’s people in the end-time need the same things. We should be involved, participated, and cooperated with church to spread “The Glad Tidings of the Kingdom.” These three are the vitamins so that we will be energized; we will be strengthened, and empowered.
If we are take these three vitamins, and then we will start:
“… he went throughout every city and village…” (Luke 8:1, KJV)
Whom should we go?
Destination # 1: “Do not GO into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. GO rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt 10:5,6, NKJV).
Who are these lost sheep? We will be studying in the end-time perspectives.
They are the backsliders. They are our former brethren. They are the ones who left our church. They are the ones who need our guidance. They are the ones who need our attention. They are the ones who need our care. They are the ones who need our support—whether it may moral or financial. They are the ones who need our assistance
We should go first to our former brethren, or to the backsliders, or to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
“It is difficult to fight a war abroad, when there is an ongoing war at home.”
Destination # 2: “Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, ‘It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles” (Acts 13:46, NKJV).
1. The message was necessarily spoken to the Israelites first.
2. After the Israelites’ rejection, then the preaching turned to the Gentiles.
Israelites first before the Gentiles! Adventists first before the non-Adventists. The most effective group to evangelize the world is the group united by the Word.
We don’t just go and do nothing. As we go, we will start:
“…he went throughout every city and village, preaching…the glad tidings of the kingdom of God” (Luke 8:1, KJV)
Preaching is an action word which requires “going.” It is vice versa—we go because we want to preach.
Preaching is giving hope to the people who are living in a hopeless world. It is telling people of the salvation we have in Christ. It is imparting to them the joy we have now. It is calling them to appreciate God’s love. It is inviting the accept Jesus. It is bringing them into heaven.