And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Those who teach golf first start with grip and stance before the club is even swung. Once those principles are established properly, he/she begins working on the weight shift and plane of the club during the backswing. The transition, downswing, and finish complete the pieces of the golf swing puzzle. However, unlike salvation, there are many ways to make successful contact.
The only path to salvation is by confession with the mouth that Jesus is Lord and believing in the heart that God raised him from the dead. Paul rhetorically asked in verse 14, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” We all have responsibilities in the spreading of the gospel. Sinners will not call upon a Savior without belief. People cannot believe in something in which they have never heard. Accordingly, the lost will not hear about Jesus unless the Word of God and saving power of the shed blood of Jesus are preached. The best sermons are preached without saying a word. Your neighbors take note of you always leaving your house on Sunday morning with Bible in hand. Those people beside you in a restaurant see you praying over your meal. I thank God for the preachers and teachers in my lifetime who have faithfully declared the unsearchable riches of the Word of God. Even if I tried to forget the teachings, my life experiences, trials and victories prove them all correct and make them indelible in my mind. Most importantly, I can testify salvation changes a person from the inside out, fully and totally. Salvation is instantaneous upon belief, but spiritual growth is a gradual and lifelong process. In a sense, this successful growth starts with a proper grip and stance.