By Rev. Onayinka Olusegun.
Jesus’ instruction(s) for us as touching the world is in the present tense
Mark 16:15 KJV
 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Keep going ,since He didn’t add any time lines .
I once heard a preacher say ,this command was for the apostles ,referring to the twelve .
I asked him which of them preached to him to receive Christ .
Lazy interpretation ,dodgy theology .
There’s no other place outside the four gospels where such instructions lie .
If this was for the apostles ,Stephen,Phillip,Paul,Barnabas ,Judas,in fact the entire church in Acts 8 were in error .
Yes,His immediate audience were the 12, but His reference was the church .
Every local church ought to be missionary in orientation .
Acts 8:4 KJV
 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
We are all called into the ministry
If you are a new creation in Christ
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Then you are reconciled to God by Jesus Christ
2 Corinthians 5:18 KJV
 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
And you have been given the MINISTRY of reconciliation .
This ministry is a speaking ministry ,involves preaching and teaching
2 Corinthians 5:19 KJV
 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Word of reconciliation ,meaning message ,preaching .
Every believer ought to be taught to receive this ministry .
In fact the work of Christian leadership is to train us all for this work .
Ephesians 4:11-12 KJV
 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12] For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
The term perfect here,means equip,used for fitting parts in devices and machines for effectiveness .
The local church ought to be a school for ministry .
Like Kenneth .E. Hagin once said ,” if local churches were doing their work as prescribed by scriptures there would be no need for bible schools”( paraphrased )
This ministry is primarily for reaching the unsaved with the gospel .
Almost Half of prayers in the epistles were directed at praying for the gospel to reach the unsaved .
The other half was for spiritual growth by the word,revelation knowledge after men are saved.
Jesus had led in this earlier
Matthew 9:38 KJV
 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Labourers are preachers and teachers of the gospel .
Harvest refers to the unreached .
When the church was threatened in Acts
Acts 4:17 KJV
 But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.
The scare of the enemy isn’t big and Guinness book of records -breaking massive church structures .
That’s no threat at all .
It’s the Word,the message that he seeks to stop.
The church prayed .Not against the persecution ,you can’t stop persecution .
Acts 4:29 KJV
 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
Boldness to preach ,on the streets ,buses ,tv etc despite the clampdown .
With signs following
Acts 4:30 KJV
 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
Just like Jesus earlier said
Mark 16:17-18,20 KJV
 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them , and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
They didn’t attempt to use natural means ,the message is a supernatural gospel and needs no watering down because of the state of things .
No stand up comedian required .
Signs and wonders.Healing and raw miracles
Just to reach the unsaved .
They received .
Acts 4:31 KJV
 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
They preached boldly .
Acts 4:33 KJV
 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
The church grew.
Church prayer meetings shouldn’t be filled with career ,marital ,financial needs .
It should be dominated primarily by these two key things .The unsaved been reached and the saved growing up in the word .
As we have seen ,praying is for the word to be preached .
Romans 15:30-32 KJV
 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;
31] That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;
32] That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.
Notice ,prayers are for ministers to preach not the sinner saved
Sinner can only be saved by preaching not prayers .
Romans 10:17 KJV
 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
This is the reason for the unreached
Romans 10:14 KJV
 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Faith happens when the gospel is preached .
Romans 10:8 KJV
 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
Which we preach .
Our prayers are thus focused on the preacher(s)not the sinner .
Ephesians 6:19-20 KJV
 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Boldness and utterance for the preacher
Colossians 4:3 KJV
 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
2 Thessalonians 3:1 KJV
 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
The prayer is for the preaching of the word,that it be unhindered .
It means the messengers aren’t stopped ,maimed ,held captive ,stopped by bad press ,or even killed
2 Thessalonians 3:2 KJV
 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
Men preach the gospel and men stop the preaching
God uses men,satan does too
Man can only be stopped by man .
Our prayers are for men who preach the gospel .
Hebrews 13:18 KJV
 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
We must keep praying for those preaching .
There’s no prayer Like ” let’s ask God to touch the sinner ”
God will touch no body’s heart
Only the gospel will ,by preaching
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 KJV
 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4] In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
They are blinded by the hindering of preaching
So we persist
2 Corinthians 4:5 KJV
 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
We preach Christ Jesus ,not our salvation testimony .
The key is to keep preaching inspite of the troubles against it
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 KJV
 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
We keep at it
No matter the troubles ,We remain resolute .
2 Timothy 2:9 KJV
 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
Preaching must continue .
Hence we pray and travail in the same .
The gospel of Christ has been committed to our trust
1 Timothy 1:11 KJV
 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
We must be faithful stewards of it
1 Corinthians 4:1-2 KJV
 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
We must be committed to its preaching
1 Corinthians 9:16 KJV
 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
What awesome heartfelt approach .
We must all become missionary Christians .
In countries we visit,we must not be found as mere tourists,we are mission minded .
Matthew 28:19 KJV
 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations ..
Whether for professional ,academic or such visits ,we must see our heavenly calling in it .
Out of station trips too
Acts 8:4 KJV
 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
Or conversations amongst men
Acts 8:29-30 KJV
 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
 And Philip ran thither to him , and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
We must ensure we bring men into this understanding of Christ .
Acts 8:35 KJV
 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
Phillip didn’t ask him how many women he had been with or about his sinful life,he preached the answer for every one to him,pious,immoral ,criminal etc
The solution is Jesus .
As local churches we must reinforce strong evangelism ,street ,personal ,one on one evangelism .
T.L.Osborn once said ,”those who come to church are already saved ,sinners don’t come to church,we must go to where they are ”
I get his Point.
We must imbibe what he called “20/20” Vision .
He gleaned it from Paul’s ministry
Acts 20:20 KJV
 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you , but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,
House to house ,publicly .
Church must be done both in central locations and where men are too.
I pray that the heart of everyone reading this will burn with fire for souls .
That those who have lost the art and fire regain it now .
Those with it have it rekindled for greater works .
I pray that every pastor reading it will be enveloped by a fresh vision to reach the unsaved .
Daniel 12:3 KJV
 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Those who preach the gospel are wise and will shine as stars for ever and ever .
Let’s obey God and boldly acclaim Like Paul
Romans 1:16 KJV
 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
I call you blessed
Jesus is Lord,We Win !