Message and Manner
For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness . . . . (1 Corinthians 1:22–23 NKJV)
We’ve looked at two reasons people reject the cross. We know the problems, but what about the prescription? What are we supposed to do when people don’t receive the gospel? The prescription is to keep on preaching Christ crucified. There are two important components to this.
First, there is the message of Christ crucified. Our lives should be constantly pointing to the essential truth that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV). The heart of the gospel message is that God loves you so much that He deliberately died for you. This message is perfect, profound, and permanent. There’s no need to twist, tweak, or tamper with the message of Christ crucified. In fact, the Bible warns that anyone who messes with this message is accursed (Galatians 1:9)!
But there’s also a manner by which we are to communicate this message. The Bible says we are to preach the cross. We aren’t told to whisper Christ crucified, we aren’t commanded to chant Christ crucified, we aren’t called to whimper or whine that Christ was crucified, nor should we yell at people that Christ was crucified. Paul preached the cross, and so should we. But, pastor, I don’t know how to preach! Preaching simply means to tell the truth with a sense of urgency, sharing the cross with people in a way that’s real and relevant.
Remember to share the gospel message in a manner that gets people’s attention, preaching Christ crucified with a sense of unashamed urgency. It is both simple and powerful enough to break the hardest heart.