Saturday, April 22, 2006

Gospel is Good News

Second, the Gospel is good news.

Michael Spencer quotes Josh Strodtbeck, “If your version of the Gospel isn’t actually good news, you’re wrong.”

Too often, the Gospel is seen as “
negative, repressive, destructive, and discriminatory.” We’ve turned the Good News into just another religion. It’s no longer Good News about something that’s happened.

It’s become
So what makes this news good?

In Christ, we can have our deepest longings satisfied (John 4:14, Isaiah 55:1-2, Psalm 37:4).

In Christ, we can experience true freedom (John 8:32, Romans 8:15).

In Christ, we can live a life with meaning and purpose (Romans 8:18, 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, 2 Corinthians 3:18, 2 Thessalonians 2:14).

Of course, it is much more than any short list of “benefits.”

In essence, the Good News is that the most serious and basic problem of humanity (which we are unable to solve) has been solved for us by God in Christ. This makes an announcement of the discovery of a cure for cancer seem like trivial information.

Pastor Rod

“Helping you become the person God created you to be”

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