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!” (ESV)
Who is it that sends out preachers? In the first church it was Jesus himself who sent out his disciples to preach the good news. In Acts 1:8 Jesus told his disciples that they would be his witnesses. It is interesting to note that he said that the message of the Gospel would start in Jerusalem, and then it would go to Judea, and to Samaria, and to the very ends of the Earth.
On the Day of Pentecost the Apostle Peter preaches the best sermon ever. 5000 people give their lives to Jesus Christ. The people who were in that crowd were from nations all over the world. These travelers were gathering in Jerusalem for the special Feast of Pentecost. God used the first event of the new church to fulfill the promise of the message of good news being preached to the whole world.
The early church continued to grow after the Day of Pentecost. In fact, the church was doing so well that the Christians in Jerusalem were becoming content with the message of the Gospel staying right there in Jerusalem. This is a danger for all people at all times. We begin to be comfortable where we are and lose the urgency of prioritizing the sending out of the message of the Gospel.
So what happened for the Early Church? How did they get the message of the Gospel out of Jerusalem and to the rest of the Earth? Acts 11:19 says, "Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews." One way or the other the message must go out!
Are you willing to preach the good news? Are you willing to send others out to do the same? The message of the good news must go out to all the Earth! If God needs to send persecution our way to motivate us, he will do so. Let's be willing to go and to send others.