We do battle with a shrewd enemy, the devil (1 Pet 5.8), therefore we must "put on the full armor of God that we might withstand his attacks and overcome him in battle (Eph 6.11 & Jas 4.7). Christians, however, are losing the victory because they fail to shod their feet with the gospel of peace (Eph 6.15). To resist the devil (Jas 4.7) we must preach the gospel as we go.
If a soldier went into combat barefooted they might get frostbit if it were wintertime, or they might receive a cut or if it was rainy get trench foot. All these can cause them to suffer defeet (pun intended). What if that soldier were you? If you aren't preaching the gospel as you go then it is. The church has made the gospel too difficult to preach by replacing it with their 'plan of savlation' that can't be preached except in a church pulpit (See THE SINNER'S PRAYER on www.preach-the-gospel.org). But Christ says preach the gospel in the world (Mk 16.15), not 'present the 'plan of salvation' in church.
The gospel according to the scriptures - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.1-4)." is simple to preach but it is not easy. The shear number of people that have to have the gospel preached to them it stunning. Pictures walking down the sidewalk in downtown Manhattan in New York City. Would it be possible for you to preach the gospel in person with your mouth to each person you pass? This is why Christ also commands us to teach them that believe - to make disciples. We teach believers to preach the gospel, something the church is not doing (See A FEW GOOD MEN on www.preach-the-gospel.org).
To preach the gospel to another just ask them if they have heard the good news (Gospel means good news.) and tell them - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.1-4)." This is the gospel according to the scriptures. The apostle Paul himself received this gospel and preached it and it is God's power to save every one that believes (Rom 1.16). But we must preach it in person with our mouth (1 Cor 1.21 & Eph 6.19).
We can also give others who believe a pair of shoes (so they won't be defeeted) by teaching them to preach the gospel (Mk 16.15 & Mt 28.20). By teaching one or two others to preach the gospel we start a new testament church, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name (for my names sake) there I am in the midst of them (Mt 18.20)." It doesn't take a megachurch to reach the whole world with the gospel of Jesus Christ, neither does it take satellite, radio or TV (See TWO OR THREE on www.preach-the-gospel.org.).
We must shod our feet with the gospel of peace, otherwise we will suffer 'defeet.' Ask the next person who crosses your path if they have heard the good news and tell them - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.1-4)." Then teach them to shod their feet with the the gospel of peace as well that they might be victorious in battle as well (Eph 6.15).
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