I was reading an article on “Reading the Bible like John Wesley”‘ by Andrew Dragos at the Seedbed website. Here is the final part of that article which details the final step – having studied the Word, we are to teach it. How that is done may vary from person to person, but that is one of the main goals of studying the Bible….to share it with others.
“What would be the use of learning and growing without sharing what we gain? Recall that proclamation is at the heart of the Christian faith. The missional thrust of the Bible compels us to share our faith with others. John Wesley believed this to be his imperative. You don’t need be a teacher or have an official platform to proclaim the gospel. Wesley himself was an innovator in this respect. When barred from parishes because of his teaching on scriptural Christianity, he took to the “profane” fields and highways. This is what gained him access to the everyday people that needed to hear the gospel most, and this ultimately led to the Methodist revival.
Teaching means being upfront about your identity as a Christian. It means being prepared to give an account of your holy life with simple words like “I live this way because the gospel has freed me from . . .” or “I live this way because I follow Jesus’ example in . . .” Waiting in line for coffee, tipping service people, spending time with the least of these; when done in a holy way, this will invite the unexpected opportunities for living and sharing the gospel message of the Bible.”
“And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” Romans 10:14b (ESV)
I pray that I might live my life so that the Gospel will be preached, however it is communicated, through preaching, service, or by silent witness.
“Witness for Christ each day, and if necessary use words.” (Attributed to St. Augustine)