What actions preach the gospel?

I have often heard “The Gospel is preached more loudly by actions rather than words.” What actions would these be? What Scripture supports this?

7 Responses to “What actions preach the gospel?”


  1. 1 Jonathan Sharman

    Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

    I love this concept 🙂
    And it’s spoken much louder to me than what people preach or profess. And although we may get the occasional jeer or snarl from the odd person who detests our goodness or stand against sin, there is no law against such things.

    NIV
    Matthew 7:15-20
    15“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

    And it is difficult not to consider thoughfully the words of someone who has shown you true kindness, selflessness, and other such fruits. Then when you really trust somebody, and the Holy Spirit beckons you… you will find yourself asking them, and genuinely desiring the wisdom of their answer.

    I am also reminded of another verse:

    New Living Translation
    John 6:65
    Then he said, “That is why I said that people can’t come to me unless the Father gives them to me.”

    So I don’t believe that the pressure is on us to devise ways to save men, without the leading of the Holy Spirit, (although there are verses about these concepts too – fishers of men, etc) But that no man is saved unless they are called by God. If we live a righteous life in the Spirit of God, and fill our hearts with the knowledge of His love; people will notice, and as lead to us, -godwilling- will ask of us what we know through God’s Spirit, and we may answer.

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    But after all that, the answering is preaching the gospel. An action doesn’t preach.

    Just like works don’t save, but they are necessary to confirm one is saved. If we want people to take us seriously, the fruit of the Spirit is necessary. But fruit don’t preach.
    Jeff

  3. 3 Jonathan Sharman

    I mean to say as that you probably don’t need to ‘preach’ to those who don’t want to hear – certainly not out of guilt. You can’t if you don’t live it . People will take notice of those fruits, and eventually be ready to have questions answered – most often.
    And so why cast your pearls before swine, or your seed on stony ground?
    It’s mostly just wisdom to save disappointment, or frustration with God, rather than an absolute doctrine. It’s probably best to simply search with zeal for God’s instruction, and in the meantime live spiritually upright and compassionate lives, rather than try to save the world through a rational formula, as that tends to work out badly after a while. 😀

  4. 4 Jonathan Sharman

    But you are certainly right in that the GOSPEL message is so vitally important to our salvation that almost all other doctrine becomes significantly less important in light of it’s virtue. Meaning: if you say nothing else to a non-beleiever about God, life and Christianity, tell them about the Gospel message. Jesus is the only way to eternal life.

  5. 5 Jonathan Sharman

    Not that I am saying you can’t have a different opinion, of course 😉 Just that I believe actions probably hold more wieght than what you give yourself credit for. Yours for instance, setting up this website, building relationships with people by talking to them, hearing their opinions, engaging in discourse. A great way to build up trust to minister to people. Some who might have otherwise not heard God’s wisdom which he can reveal to us.
    I for one am honoured that God would even think to use us to affect change in His Earth through the way we live.
    I think it’s kind of cool that we can just be good people to other people, and he can fill in the gaps and make it work.
    I’m not talking about works purchasing or sustaining our salvation, but they can go a long way to affecting other people’s decisions for Christ, for better or worse, depending on our fruit. For who else do we need to prove our salvation to but men? And for what other reason than for trust?

    Do I rest my case? 😀

  6. 6 Scripture Zealot

    Certainly. I’m reacting against emergents who think we can just do good stuff and people will somehow see Christ in us.
    Jeff

  7. 7 Jonathan Sharman

    Yeah. I wouldn’t want to invalidate the need for God’s scriptures, or his Gospel, simply to encourage that we really can make a difference through who we are in God, even if it doesn’t feel right to share with someone in certain circumstances: because of them feeling threatened, or intimidated, or because of prejudice or attitudes, or belief systems, or whatever the case may be – which God is aware of, even if we are not.
    Consider after all the Great Commission:
    Mark 16:15-18
    And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
    The accompanying signs denoted here are interesting to ponder also. These are, after-all the words of Jesus himself (According to Mark) It reminds me of your recent post, Jeff, on New Gifts, lol.

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