Sunday, July 3, 2005
How do you proclaim the Gospel?

Each of us has been called by God to go forth and proclaim the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all creatures (Matthew 28:18-20). The word "Gospel" literally means "The Good News", and we all must preach this to all peoples so they may see God's mercy and love. When you preach the Gospel, first and foremost, take St. Francis of Assisi' words to live by: "Preach always, when necessary use words" (St. Francis). I created this website and try to help others with questions on the faith. I try to contribute both time, talent, and treasure. What about you?

Matthew 28:18-20

"And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: 'All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.'"

Image Source: Painting of "Jerusalem, Jerusalem" by James Tissot

11 comment(s):

del_button July 3, 2005 at 7:46 PM
auron said...

Do you want this one post not to be a debate or the whole site?

del_button July 3, 2005 at 7:48 PM
Matthew said...

Just this post. The site can have a lot of debate in it. I just wanted this post to talk about the good things we have done.

del_button July 3, 2005 at 8:38 PM
Josh Seligman said...

I really like this site. I like how we can discuss issues that relate to our lives. I think it's important to share ideas.

I've recently been understanding more of St. Francis' quote. I used to think that God only wanted us to share his love through street evangelism.

Someone told me that God is a creative God. I think I have been learning that he has given us each talents and gifts to use for him. I like to communicate through the arts. I think God has been showing me that he wants me to use these talents for sharing his love.

The problem I see with street evangelism is that it treats people as targets. How many saves did we get today? But when I look at Jesus, everything he did, everything he said was out of love. He probably didn't have the same conversation twice. I think love should be our goal. And maybe we can love people without preaching to them, and in doing so, we are still sharing the good news.

When Jesus went to towns sharing the gospel, he always said "The Kingdom of God is near." We are part of that kingdom. That kingdom is not seen, but people know us by our love for one another. And when we love - truly love, the way Jesus loves us - I think we are proclaiming the good news in the most pinnacle way.

del_button July 3, 2005 at 8:42 PM
auron said...

Josh we are going to get along very well. I absolutly love your comment about not having to preech.

P. S. Howd you find this site?

del_button July 3, 2005 at 8:44 PM
Matthew said...

Wondeful comment. It brings a quotation to mind:

"We can do no great things, only small things with great love." (Blessed Mother Teresa)

With God dying on the Cross and helping the sick were the same. This is our mission: to love our God above all and our neighbor as ourselves.

Thanks for visiting. Please come again.

del_button July 4, 2005 at 12:40 AM
~ AleX said...

How do I proclaim the truth? I simply live life the way it was meant to be lived. People notice that. People respect that. People want to follow that. I love each of my fellow man as I do myself--no matter what he has done, who he is, or if he is Roman Catholic or not.

People noticed Christ--lots of people. People will notice you, too, if you live life the way He instructs.

~ AleX

del_button July 4, 2005 at 2:29 AM
Josh Seligman said...

That's a great quote from Mother Teresa. It reminds me that I don't have the power to do great things; only God does. I was clicking the "Next Blog" button at the top of my blog, looking for anything of interest, and I found this community and wanted to post!

del_button July 4, 2005 at 9:32 AM
Matthew said...

Well, we hope you come back, Josh.

Alex, I agree. Christ came to heal the sinners and sick and those are also the ones we should go out towards: the lost sheep of the Kingdom.

del_button July 4, 2005 at 9:09 PM
~ AleX said...

Exactly, Moneybags. Often we hear that we should not befriend heavy sinners--this is exactly what Christ did. He ate and drank with tax collectors and defended a prostitute. I have found that, by doing just this--reaching out to poor sinners with love and friendship--we can bring many closer to Him, and certainly many more closer to ourselves.

I met my fiance on a church retreat. She needed someone who would be caring toward her, painfully honest with her, and someone who would love her. I, from the moment I saw her, wanted desperately to be all these things. And so I was, and look where it's gotten me. I've met my best friend, my soul mate, and the love of my life. And I couldn't be happier. She couldn't be happier. And I have a feeling God is happy, too.

~ AleX

del_button July 4, 2005 at 9:10 PM
~ AleX said...

Oh and I'm also very proud of her for turning her life back around on a dime like that. That takes some major spiritual strength.

Love always to my Meghan, if ever she reads this,

~ AleX

del_button July 4, 2005 at 9:13 PM
Matthew said...

What do you mean by turning her life around on a dime?

And to your other post, I believe we should go out to any sinner that wants to hear the Gospel. The only ones I don't go to are the wolves that seek to come and destroy God's flock. All others are welcome.

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