Preaching Christ #536

Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. (Acts 8:4–5, NKJV)

Some say we should “preach Christ but not the church”. Others say, “preach the gospel but not doctrine”. Such man-made distinctions and divisions of God’s word do not exist in the Scriptures. To “preach Christ” is to preach “the word” that belongs to Christ. His word contains the apostolic doctrine (teaching) concerning who Jesus is and what He has done for mankind. It includes “things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ” and also baptism (Acts 8:12). When one claims to “preach Christ” be sure he preaches “the whole counsel of God” and not just bits and pieces of it (Acts 20:27).