Sharing the Gospel … With Words!

The gospel cannot be preached without words! An old Saint has been misquoted as saying: “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words when necessary.” It’s a pithy little quote. I’ve said it, but it never sat right with me. How can you preach the gospel without words? I recently learned there’s no evidence St Francis of Assisi ever actually said this. He talked about the importance of our actions matching our words, but not that words were not necessary. He was known for sharing the gospel (with words).

“No biography written within the first 200 years of [St Francis of Assisi’s] death contains the saying…in his day, Francis was known as much for his preaching as for his lifestyle.” Mark Galli, Speak the Gospel (Christianity Today, May 21, 2009)

The way we live our life is important.

As Christ-followers, we are called to be holy and to look more like our Savior every day. But Jesus didn’t just do good things, He also did a lot of talking. And the early church is full of Christians boldly sharing the gospel (with words).

Yes, people watch us, and our behavior matters… Continue reading at

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