# 7 Eagerness to Preach the Gospel (Part 2)

# 7 Eagerness to Preach the Gospel (Part 2)

By Pastor Bill

Healing in Evangelism

Even though Jesus has given the church a mandate to preach the gospel, it is largely ignored and the gospel is not preached. In Mark 7, Jesus commanded some people not to preach the gospel, but they preached it anyway. In fact, the more Jesus ordered them not to preach the gospel, the more widely they continued to proclaim it. What a contrast in the two responses! Why were the people in Decapolis so eager to preach the gospel?

The difference is they saw the gospel preached in deeds and not just words. They also experienced the miraculous healing powers. Their lives had been impacted by the gospel. They were so excited about what they had experienced that they could not contain their joy; they had to share what they had experienced.

(Mark 7:31-36)  “Again He went out from the region of Tyre, and came through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, within the region of Decapolis. {32} They *brought to Him one who was deaf and spoke with difficulty, and they *implored Him to lay His hand on him. {33} Jesus took him aside from the crowd, by himself, and put His fingers into his ears, and after spitting, He touched his tongue with the saliva; {34} and looking up to heaven with a deep sigh, He *said to him, “Ephphatha!” that is, “Be opened!” {35} And his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was removed, and he began speaking plainly. {36} And He gave them orders not to tell anyone; but the more He ordered them, the more widely they continued to proclaim it.”

Today, we have made the gospel and intellectual message rather than power evangelism. Jesus never intended it to be just an intellectual message. He commanded us to preach the gospel, heal the sick, and cast out demons. There were signs that accompanied the message. When the church begins to pray for the sick, and move in the power of the gospel, we will see a revival of the eagerness that the people of Decapolis had for sharing the gospel.

Father, may we look for opportunities to pray for people. “Lord…grant that Your bond-servants (at East Mountain Vineyard) may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” (Acts 4:29-30) Give us the same eagerness as the people of Decapolis. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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