Re: Verse reading–Matthew 4 (day six) Jesus was a preacher. It was one of the things that marked his ministry. Apart from truth being declared in a way that called for decisions He knew that people could not be saved. “Repent!”, he said to the people of Galilee. But Jesus was also a reacher. Without intensely supportive relationships people can never learn/live the principles of spiritual life. “Come and follow me” he said to the first disciples, His invitation into deeper friendship. He preached truth. He reached people for community. Our work for Christ requires both ingredients. We must preach the truth in public and private. “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation.” (Romans 1:16) We must also reach people for participation in close-knit families of love and life. “What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you that you may have fellowship with us.” (1 John 1:3) Have others heard the truth from you? Have they felt your invitation into deeper friendship?