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    Does Your Web Site Preach the Gospel?

    "A controversialist once said, “If I thought God had a chosen people, I should not preach.” That is the very reason why I do preach. What would make him inactive is the mainspring of my earnestness. If the Lord had not a people to be saved, I should have little to cheer me in the ministry."" - C. H. Spurgeon

    In Romans 10 we read, "How shall they hear without a preacher?" The answer to this rhetorical question is that they do not hear without a preacher. The preacher must preach for the people to hear. The elect come to Christ through the use of means - God uses the fervent prayer of others and the preaching of the Gospel to bring His elect home and His sheep will hear His voice and follow Him.

    Many church web sites are technically advanced, aesthetically pleasing and provide a lot of information, but I find that very few make an attempt to actually present the Gospel. Those that do are often woeful in expressing the central components of the Gospel (leaving key ingredients out) or else it is packaged in such strange sounding religious jargon that the uninformed would find it very difficult to understand. With this in mind, I once asked myself these two questions:

    1. If someone only had access to the material found on my website - if that was the only access to Christianity they ever had - would they have enough information to know what the Gospel is, and how to embrace Christ as Savior and Lord?

    2. If I can answer yes to the first question, is the presentation clear enough for someone who has never picked up a Bible or been raised in a Church environment to follow?

    If you have a Christian website, I wonder how would you answer these questions? Paul wrote, "Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!" (1 Cor 9:26). Whatever else we do, if we cannot answer in the affirmative, I think we miss the mark badly.

    I recently came across an excellent gospel presentation and recommend it highly. It is both clear and easy to understand. It is a multimedia presentation from Matthias Media entitled Two Ways to Live. On our own church web site we now provide a link to it and I encourage all with their own web sites to at least consider doing the same. You will find it here. - JS

    Posted by John Samson on April 24, 2010 03:04 PM

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    Thanks for the exhortation and for the link.I am glad to see that the presentation is also in spanish! (my blog is in spanish). I'll include the link in my blog!

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