(Matthew 28:19-20) . . .Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you. And, look! I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.”
(Acts 20:20-21) while I did not hold back from telling you any of the things that were profitable nor from teaching you publicly and from house to house.
the first is a direct command from Christ, to go to persons of all creeds and nationalities and teach them about God. the gentle reader shall note that teaching takes time and effort, it means spending time with an individual, taking into consideration his background and level of education etc etc. preaching is something quite different.
Paul shows the method of the first century christians, in that they held public discourses and taught persons from house to house.
why should these two precedents be important, quite clearly in reflection of the Christs words',
(Matthew 7:21-23) “Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ And yet then I will confess to them: I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness.
please note gentle reader, that the important points are one, doing the will of the father and secondly, one who does not work lawlessness. why should these be important, simply because the will of the father is, that all sorts of men should be saved,
(1 Timothy 2:3-4) . . .This is fine and acceptable in the sight of our Savior, God, whose will is that all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.
however, Paul makes a very salient point in this regard,
(Romans 10:11-15) . . .For the Scripture says: “None that rests his faith on him will be disappointed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for there is the same Lord over all, who is rich to all those calling upon him. For “everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved.” However, how will they call on him in whom they have not put faith? How, in turn, will they put faith in him of whom they have not heard? How, in turn, will they hear without someone to preach? How, in turn, will they preach unless they have been sent forth? Just as it is written: “How comely are the feet of those who declare good news of good things!”
this little portion is very interesting, for Paul quotes from the book of Joel, chapter 2:32, which literately states, 'those that are evangelising , are the ones that will be saved.
now gentle reader it becomes apparent, that those who are 'doing' Gods will , are those that in obedience to Christ's command are helping others to come to an accurate knowledge of truth , through a public ministry.
now let us ask the question, when was the last time a member of Christendom knocked on your door and asked if you would be interested in learning about the bible? was it a Catholic priest perhaps? a Methodist? a Calvinist? a Presbyterian? a Lutheran? a christadelphian?
why Gentle reader have they not shown adherence to Christ command? the answer is plain and simple, they are plastic Christians, unwilling to lift their little pinkie, to inconvenience themselves in your behalf!
yes they like to preach from the comfort of their P.C.. but not one of them has come to your home, personally, as a public service to teach, they are a disgrace and a should be ashamed to take the name of Christ upon themselves, for as he states, he does not know them, for they are workers of lawlessness, unwilling to show love to their fellow men, to teach them publicly and from house to house that the may be saved, not through some lip service, not through some mystical experience, but through an accurate knowledge of truth!