Two Kinds of Preaching
The book of Acts says that Christ's Spirit-empowered witnesses spoke the Word with boldness. And they encountered opposition because of the preaching of the Word. They were commanded not to preach in the name of Jesus. It is still happening today...people being told not to mention the name of Jesus in many settings public and private.
Often times, believers get really nervous when they hear that they are to preach the Word. It should be encouraging to know that there are two kinds of preaching in the book of Acts that believers today ought to engage in as well. That's right! There were two kinds of preaching going on...private and public. Take a look at Acts 8:4-6:
"Now those who were scattered went about preaching the Word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did." (Acts 8:4-6 ESV)
Verse 4 those who were scattered due to the persecution went everywhere preaching the Word. That doesn't mean preaching in a church service. Literally it means 'gossiping' the Word. Spreading it from person to person. bringing the good news. The Greek word is Euangellizo...announce good news. Their primary desire was to tell people about Jesus. Should be ours. The other kind of preaching you see in verse 5. Phillip went down to Samaria and was proclaiming Christ. This time Luke uses a different Greek word...Kerusso...heralding, standing in a public place and addressing a group. Verse 6 the crowds were giving attention to what he said. Christ's Witnesses preach the Gospel, one to one, personally, and to groups publically.
The Gospel will spread one by one through your personal testimony and group by group via public proclamation. Love people one soul at a time in personal witness. And if God gives you a larger platform. Love them one group at a time in public proclamation. If we are being and doing what God intends… We won't stay static but we will grow in depth and numbers. How? By preaching! Through one to one interaction and public proclamation, so that many would come to saving faith in Christ. Two kinds of preaching means twice as much God-ordained fun.
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