“And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.'”
– Mark 16:15
In the Bible, Jesus didn’t spend most of his time preaching to fellow Christians. Instead, Jesus was out amongst the people.
In fact, Jesus was often criticized for the people he preached to. Jesus was criticized for spending time with sinners. He was accused of being a glutton, a drunkard and a friend of tax collectors and prostitutes. (Luke 7:34).
But Jesus understood these sinners were the people who needed him most.
There’s a saying called “preaching to the choir.” It means preaching the word of God to people who are already believers, preaching to people who are already in church.
Now, while believers do need continuing instruction, nonbelievers need our preaching more so.
We need to make an even greater effort to introduce the gospel to nonbelievers and show them the glory of God’s love.
To do that, we need to get outside of the church. Too many Christians think going to church once a week on Sundays fulfills their Christian obligations.
The Bible tells us it doesn’t.
We need to make nonbelievers aware of the redemption that is available to them through faith in the Son Jesus Christ. The sinners of the world are the people most in need of hearing the word of God.
They need loving Christians to remind them that their mistakes can be forgiven. Jesus loves them and wants to make them clean, whole and new.
Christ gave us what is called “the great commission,” which is where Jesus calls on all believers to go out into the world and bring nonbelievers to God.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
– Matthew 28:19
The people that need to hear the teachings of the Bible aren’t the people who are in church. The people who still need to discover and/or come to Christ. Jesus instructed his followers to go out into the world and introduce others to his teachings.
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
– Matthew 24:14
God doesn’t want a single soul left behind! God wants all to come to Him in order to be saved, redeemed, forgiven, and to experience eternal life.