“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” -1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Paul is widely accepted as one of the most impactful preachers in the history of the church due to his commitment to the gospel in its integrity and purity. The effectiveness of Paul’s ministry was and is being experienced all around the world. He planted churches, trained pastors, and equipped the saints to do the work of the ministry in his day. The Lord has been pleased to use his life and ministry to change the lives of countless people.
It is the responsibility of God Almighty to save those who He calls. Paul knew he himself was not sufficient to save anyone, which is why he did not attempt to manipulate or own the results of his preaching. Instead, Paul had his heart set on presenting Christ with integrity and simplicity to the people in Corinth, while believing that God would accomplish His purposes in saving those who believed.
So one must ask, what are the basic components to an integrity-filled simple gospel presentation? I would suggest the following answer: Jesus Christ, God’s beloved Son lived the life that we could not live (perfection), died the death we deserved to die (sin-bearing substitute), defeated the enemy we could not defeat (sin), and rose from the dead in victory to save those who believe. All that is necessary to be made right with God is found in the person and the work of the Lord, Jesus Christ! How was He able to accomplish so much on behalf of his people? By living like we could not live, dying like we should have died, and rising to raise those who believe.
This week is an opportunity to focus on presenting this message to your homeowner and the neighborhood in which they live. Do not feel the need to add to it or subtract from it. Do not give in to the pressure to alter it in anyway! Instead, present this message boldly with integrity and simplicity. We present it with integrity by ensuring that we are not leaving the saving components of the gospel out and we present it with simplicity by ensuring that we are not adding anything non-essential to the saving components of the gospel.
Questions to Ask
- What possible methods can be used in order to deliver this content to the people we are ministering to?
- In what ways can we be tempted to subtract from the gospel message?
- In what ways can we be tempted to add to the gospel message?