Scripture: Proverbs 10-12, Romans 10

Romans 10:13-15 As the scripture says, “Everyone who calls out to the Lord for help will be saved.” 14 But how can they call to him for help if they have not believed? And how can they believe if they have not heard the message? And how can they hear if the message is not proclaimed? And how can the message be proclaimed if the messengers are not sent out?

Observation/application

Paul is arguing that the gospel is for everyone, Jew and Gentile, that everyone who calls on the Lord will be saved.  But how can that happen?  How can we make it possible for everyone to call and be saved?  He gives five steps, starting at the end and working back to the first step: call, believe, hear, proclaim, sent.

It starts with sending out messengers who then proclaim the gospel.  People hear the gospel and believe and call on the Lord.  Our side of that equation is to send and proclaim.  The recipients must hear, believe and call.  I can send and proclaim; I can’t make anyone hear, believe and call.  My responsibility is to send and proclaim.

So how am I doing, how is our church doing at sending and proclaiming?  Am I equipping and sending our people to proclaim the gospel?  Most churches, and most Christians are inward focused—we make it about ourselves.  I don’t want to be one of those Christians or one of those churches.

So I’m going to place a fresh emphasis on sending (and going) and proclaiming.  Be an outward focused Christian and church.

Prayer: Lord, let that be true of our church and of me as a pastor.  Make us senders (and goers) and proclaimers!