Don’t Mistake the Message


“For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord,
and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.”
2 Corinthians 4:5


excerpt from Charlie’s recently released book, Mudrunner

The thing is, due to the fall, we have set ourselves up as kings of our own kingdoms. This is true for all of humanity. We love to lead the charge in whatever we do. We like life to go the way we desire, and we get upset when it doesn’t. And as believers, too often we allow that mindset to creep back in. We become stuck focusing on our visible realm, on our needs and our comforts.

But the Scriptures declare a stronger reality: Christ is our life! (Colossians 3:4) We must look beyond ourselves to Christ who is seated above all else in the heavenly places! Our lives been crucified with Christ. It is no longer we who live but Christ who lives in and through us! (Galatians 2:20) We cannot forget: Jesus is King, and His Kingdom is coming from His position of authority in the heavenly realms.

Whenever we go to share our testimony or proclaim the basic message of the gospel, we cannot forget the message that Jesus and His followers proclaimed: the reality of the Kingdom of God. They proclaimed another King besides Caesar, one called Jesus (Acts 17:7), and so must we! Our simple testimonies of transformation declare that Jesus is King because they reveal His power to change lives, to instill peace in all circumstances, and to bring joy beyond measure. Our stories reveal that Jesus is alive, active today, and the one with all authority!



Talk to God about a time you witnessed the power of the gospel.
What stood out about it that made it so powerful?

Confess to God the places you’ve made the gospel about your own kingdom and not His Kingdom.
Commit to keeping Christ at the center of it all.


Want to learn more about how God can use you to advance His Kingdom?
Get Mudrunner by Charlie Marquis. Available now at the Forge Bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

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Charlie Marquis

Speaking with intensity, urgency, and passionate stories, Charlie Marquis challenges Christians to fully engage in God’s heart and world-wide mission: whether across the street or across the sea. Through discipleship-focused and missionally-oriented messages, Charlie equips diverse groups of listeners to surrender to the deep love of Jesus, daily seek to hear His voice, and then radically and lovingly obey Christ—no matter the place, no matter the people, no matter the cost! He is passionate about seeing the Kingdom of God advanced among the unreached, unengaged, and frontier regions of the world. Charlie’s heartbeat is Romans 15:20: “to preach the gospel where Christ is not known.” And so, he has put his feet to his faith, traveling extensively to unreached people groups as a participant, leader, and even on his own. Currently, Charlie and his wife Dara reside in Denver, Colorado. Dara serves as an anointed worship leader and occasionally joins him to play music during itinerant speaking ventures—she is often available to join upon request. Charlie is a former youth pastor, graduate of Colorado Christian University and an Ordained Minister of the Gospel. Travels from: Colorado

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