- “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” ~ Matthew 4:17; 10:7
- The good news of the kingdom of God. ~ Matthew 4:23; 9:35; 24:14; Luke 4:43, 9:2, 16:16; Acts 8:12, 20:25, 28:31
- Good news to the poor. ~ Matthew 11:5; Luke 4:18, 7:22
- What you practice. ~ Matthew 23:3
- A baptism of repentance. ~ Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3
- The word. ~ Mark 2:2; Acts 8:4, 14:25, 16:6; 2 Timothy 4:2; 1 Peter 1:25
- That people should repent. ~ Mark 6:12
- The gospel. The good news. ~ Matthew 26:13; Mark 13:15, 14:9; Luke 3:18, 9:6; Acts 8:25, 40, 14:7, 21, 16:10; Romans 1:15, 15:20; 1 Corinthians 1:17, 9:14, 16, 18, 15:1-2; 2 Corinthians 10:16; Galatians 1:11, 2:2-7, 4:13; Hebrews 4:2-6; 1 Peter 1:12, 4:6
- Repentance and forgiveness of sins. ~ Luke 24:47
- The name of Jesus Christ ~ Acts 8:12
- That Jesus is the Son of God. ~ Acts 9:20
- Jesus is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. ~ Acts 10:42
- The word of the Lord. The word of God. ~ Acts 15:35-36, 17:13
- The good news about Jesus and the resurrection. ~ Acts 17:18
- That Jesus was the Christ. ~ Acts 18:5
- That they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. ~ Acts 20:21
- That they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds. ~ Acts 26:20
- The gospel of his (God’s) Son. ~ Romans 1:9
- Christ crucified. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:23
- Christ has been raised from the dead. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:12-14
- The Son of God, Jesus Christ. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:19
- The gospel of Christ. ~ 2 Corinthians 2:12
- Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:5
- The gospel of God. ~ 2 Corinthians 11:7; 1 Thessalonians 2:9
- Peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. ~ Ephesians 2:17
- The unsearchable riches of Christ. ~ Ephesians 3:8
- Christ. ~ Philippians 1:15-17
These things were preached.
All these things are really one. (It’s obvious, isn’t it?)
This one message was shared in the context of history and prophecy fulfilled (Acts 2, 3:11-26, 4:1-21, 7). It was explained in the context of current and local beliefs (Acts 17:16-34). Before great crowds and small gatherings, kings and governors, stadiums of angry protesters and fellow prisoners in jail cells, by rivers and in synagogues and in homes, this is what was preached and what the bearers of the gospel encouraged others to preach.
In all of scripture, I am unable to find instruction, encouragement or example to preach anything but this. No sermons arguing about how bad sin is, how stupid unbelievers are, how wrong other faiths and beliefs are, how right and good we are to have figured everything out, how new binding but silent law compels the follower in Christ to perfect obedience, how to discern what is binding from what isn’t, how much our works of obedience must complete our salvation, how eschatological theology affects ecclesiology in an epistemological context, or how many angels can dance on the head of a pinhead.
I did, however, find warnings about the sanctity of the gospel:
“By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:2
“For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” ~ 2 Corinthians 11:4
“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” ~ Galatians 1:8-9
And I found one bit of good, solid preaching philosophy:
“I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” ~ 1 Corinthians 2:2
So here’s my two cents’ worth on the matter. You’ve heard or read me say it before:
People who don’t know about Jesus need to.
The rest of us never tire of hearing more about Him.