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How To Proclaim Jesus

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Using 2 Corinthians 4:5-6, . . .

We’ve established that we have a message to proclaim — Jesus.

We’ve determined that reasons for proclaiming Jesus to others need to get beyond mere obedience to God’s commands to that of a more personal nature.

But, the question remains — How?

The next verse provides the best response that could be given to a “how to” type of question.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. (2 Cor. 4:7)

The “treasure” we have probably refers back to what verse 6 says we have been given — “the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” Beginning verse 7 with the word “but” let’s us know that a contrast is coming.

Though the message (Jesus Himself) is glorious, the messengers are ordinary (“jars of clay”).

How do ordinary messengers proclaim something so glorious? It is like putting precious jewels in a clay jar to display them.

1) Remember that it isn’t about us and what we do.

We are not the ones who change lives. We are not the ones who move people from darkness into light. Only His power can do that. Read John 1:9-13.

2) Realize then that God purposefully wants to use ordinary messengers.

We need to get out of the way and let God work through us. In the process, people will see that salvation truly is a work of God. Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.

3) Rest in His all-surpassing power as you proclaim Jesus.

What might seem impossible to us becomes possible because His power surpasses anything and anyone. That same power that saves people enables us to get beyond our fears, people’s doubts and questions, and any opposition we might face. Read on in 2 Corinthians 4 to verses 8-12 for Paul’s example. Even in the face of pressures, perplexing situations, persecution, and put-downs, Paul continued to proclaim Jesus. How? — Because of God’s all-surpassing power, he was not crushed, in despair, abandoned or destroyed.

God wants to reflect His light through us. No matter who we are, what training we have received, or any other circumstances, the bottom line is that it takes His power for that to happen.

How will we know if we if you truly are proclaiming Jesus in God’s power rather than by our own efforts? The end result will be that when people see your good deeds, they will glorify God. It will be about Him, not you.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matt. 5:16)

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6 Replies to “How To Proclaim Jesus”

  1. There is a spiritualist “church” a stone’s throw from my house. Would it be wise to hand out a flyer that (1) reminds people of God’s control over the future (2) shows what we have in Christ and (3) quotes some Scriptures that warn against spiritualist practices–or would that approach merely be offensive? I would stay on the sidewalk. I think how awkward I would feel if the roles were reversed but I also think how souls in hell might say, “why didn’t anyone warn me?” Is there a better approach to proclaim Christ to people whom I do not know?

    • God certainly can use a variety of means to draw people toward Himself but we need to make sure our approach truly is what God would have us use. Good intentions can have the opposite effect from what we desire, even causing people to turn further from the truth. The first thing I would suggest is that you pray, pray, and pray some more over the idea.

      A relational approach usually has more impact. Are there ways you can engage in dialog, perhaps do little acts of kindness for them, even meet with some? Yes, a flyer would seem like a broader reach in less time but think about it. How many will actually read it? Of those that do, how many will be receptive to it? How soon will it be before word gets out from the “church” officials to ignore you?

      Flyers or tracts can have a place in proclaiming Christ but what you are thinking about appears to more of an “in your face” flyer about how their beliefs aren’t biblical. The bottom line is that they need to know the great God we have and come into a relationship with Him through Jesus because of what He did on the cross. That is what I would most focus on, reserving the particulars you mentioned for those with whom you might perhaps be able to pursue further discussion. In whatever you do, do it with the utmost respect, consideration, and kindness. And, guard your reactions to their reactions or you might undo everything you are attempting to do.

  2. Thanks for all the help I’m still learning Jesus Christ and this has been so helpful when you dont know the meaning of something and im glad its here to help me better understand what a BLESSING

    • I praise God, Ontrinell S Sanders, that this has been such a blessing to you. If there’s one take away from this post to remember, it’s that God can use anyone, even those aren’t as knowledgeable or skilled, when it’s His power working through us. May you continue to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” (2 Pet. 3:18)

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