I. Introduction: Teaching someone the Gospel often comes with many challenges.
A. Even when Jesus was the teacher… (Matthew 13:13-17).
- Things like timing of certain lessons (Mark 4:33-34).
- Things like capability of bearing information (John 16:12).
- Things like overcoming traditionalism (Mark 7:8; 7:13).
- Things like teaching through speculation (Luke 9:18-20).
- Things like working with various soils (Luke 8:11-15).
- The Gospel will bring forth fruit in said individuals (Colossians 1:5-6).
- Delivery is not wherein the power of conversion exists (I Corinthians 2:1-5), understanding what foundation of knowledge we are working with is very important.
II. Body: Romans 15:20
A. First, we are not going to find a place wherein Christ is not named today (Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Hebrews 8:7-13).
- We will not find a place on earth where the Gospel has never been preached or Christ is unknown (Colossians 1:23).
- We will find places wherein Christ is not properly named (II Timothy 2:19).
- Sometimes the understanding of the whole truth is flawed (John 8:39-59).
- Think about how people’s understanding of things like prayer are based upon their understanding of so-called “providence” and miracles.
- Think about a person’s carnal or spiritual mindset (Romans 8:7-8) affects teaching even in matters like the work of the local church (Romans 14:17).
- There can be a “we” in the process of teaching (II Corinthians 4:1-6 and Colossians 1:28).
- In carefully following the pattern of teaching, we should be teaching the same things (I Corinthians 15:1-11).
- Think about someone must hold fast to what that person had been taught (Colossians 2:4-8, II Thessalonians 2:15, and Titus 1:9).
- Therefore, we must teach that which people can hold fast to in a way which will stand up to scrutiny (I Thessalonians 5:21).
III. Conclusion: Lest we err, while we look for fresh soil, we can never miss the fact that there is only one foundation to be laid (Ephesians 2:20-21).
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