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What role does preaching have within the G12 Vision?

Preaching has a fundamental role within the Vision, since God uses it to impart the Spirit of the Vision. Jesus said that His words are spirit and life. The preaching of the Word imparts spirit and life to people.

This is what the apostle Paul meant when he spoke of "the Word of faith that we preach." The message that comes from our lips must go with the same anointing and with the same force that also came from the lips of Jesus.

Here are some recommendations:

1. Always talk about Jesus: Your goal should be to bring each of the people who listen to you to an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

When the Word of God is accepted in the hearts, it is incarnated in those lives, and it becomes part of everyone who is receiving it. On the night of my conversion, I did not have any experience with certain religious dogmas. God gave me the privilege of knowing the Lord Jesus Christ in a personal way, and since then I have served Him with all my soul.

2. Always motivate with your words: One of the mistakes I made at the beginning of my ministry was that in an effort to get people to turn to God, I would correct them and speak to them loudly. On several occasions I was involved in quite heated discussions, and I never agreed with people. I wanted to win every discussion. I remember one time when I was sharing about Jesus with a friend of Claudia, my wife (at that time, we were just dating). This young woman attacked everything I said to her. That day I felt so satisfied because I was able to win the discussion. But that victory turned into sadness, because that young woman did not want to return to the meetings, and she hardened her heart even more towards the things of God.

Then I could hear the voice of the Spirit of God telling me:

"It is better to lose an argument and win a soul, than to win an argument and lose a soul"

This teaching so marked my heart, that since then I always try to give a word of motivation to people.

3. Use positive language: Although some use negative language to extract something positive, I think it is best to always speak words that bring hope to people. Together with my wife, we try to make the most of every moment that we are with someone, because we know that God has brought them on our way to bless them. If we only have a few minutes with that person, we try to give him the right word that will help him in the decisions that he has to make.

We truly like to share with people and we enjoy the time we share with our disciples. They are motivated by our words and we are motivated by the way they respond to what we say to them.

That is why there is always a lot of joy, fun and friendship in our meetings. Each of our disciples has learned to have humor, because when there is laughter, the burdens become lighter, the tasks become much easier, and the environment becomes more pleasant.

4. Let your words fill the void that people have in their emotions: Generally, those who allow negative thoughts in their minds, allow them to enter and take root in their emotions. Behind all bad behavior, there is a negative thought.

We know that many are struggling with guilt, fear, depression, loneliness, sadness, inferiority, and other evils. We must propose in our hearts that each of our words be like a balm for the soul to those who are listening to us. That they can believe in themselves, in God and in people once again.

Which is why the proverbist said:

”The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of sense.”
(Proverbs 10:21 NIV)

5. Use different resources to communicate effectively: We are aware that we preachers are competing with television. But they do not have what we already have: the anointing of the Spirit of God. At the same time, we must try to use good illustrations, parables, testimonies that build up, and the good use of technology.

I would like to give an example of how it is possible to use different resources to communicate effectively. Some time ago, I was sharing a teaching about Ezekiel's prophecy on the dry bones in an American church. I asked for the help of some people who were in different parts of the auditorium.

They had to repeat the moment of Ezekiel's prophecy, running around the auditorium, as if to try to exemplify what the prophet lived at that time. In a few minutes, we had dozens of people on the platform, each looking for his connection, or his group of twelve. This meeting turned into a real show. People continually talked about how that illustration had impacted them.

6. Make sure that your message is the answer to the needs of the people: We might think: "I have something to communicate that people really need." We used to think that those who really had problems were those who lived in the third world.

But now that we have been able to reside in the United States of America, we have seen that its people also suffer from problems (although different from those of other countries) and that they are hungry for an answer to their family, moral, emotional and spiritual needs, which are continually attacking them. Jesus told the woman whom the Pharisees wanted to stone: "Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more". Also, to the leper whom everyone rejected, after touching him, He said: "I want it, be clean!". On another occasion, Jesus approached a widow who had lost her only child, saying: "Don't cry". Then He approached the coffin, and out of love for this widow, He gave her son’s life back. When the crowd followed Jesus and His disciples, they were hungry. He said to His disciples: “You give them something to eat”. With this, He delegated to them (and to us as well) the responsibility of solving people's problems.

7. Your message must be constant, persistent and effective: The message must be like this because the salvation of millions of people is at stake.

In these last days, God is raising up an army of men and women who are truly committed to Him and to the preaching of His Word. People who attack the spirit of apostasy that tries to infiltrate within the Church. Although different false groups have arisen in these last days, true believers will never go after them, because the spirit of holiness will guard them.

8. Preaching must be anointed: Preaching in this way becomes the believer's most powerful weapon. What we say determines what we do.

God has placed on our lips the authority to chart our own future. Jesus said:

“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
(Matthew 12:33-34 NIV)

Lord Jesus said:

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.”
(Matthew 12:35 NIV)

Not only does He compare a good man to a good tree, which bears good fruit, but He says that in his heart there is a treasure from which He selects the best words to give to those around him.

Furthermore, the Lord gives a warning:

“But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

(Matthew 12:36-37 NIV)

The person who has the ability to know when to speak and when to be silent is a virtuous person.

Every word that we say will be charged with power. If they are wise words, they will be releasing a power that edifies. If they are foolish words, a destructive power will be unleashed. Solomon said:

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21 NIV)

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