The Gospel - It's All Good...News!
- Written by Lon Lorton Lon Lorton
“And Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’" [Matthew 28:18-20]
So, can I make the assumption that you are a Christian? If that’s true, you understand we’ve been commissioned by Jesus as His “Ambassadors of Good News,” right? What that means is that you and I are representatives of a message of good news about God. This is important because many people have an impression of God as bringing bad news to us in the form of judgment. This is unfortunate because God has been improperly represented. But, that is exactly why you and I are so important. We are called by God Himself to change that impression.
The biblical word for “gospel” simply means good news. And why is it good news? Exactly because it is the opposite of what people think is bad about God. God is not all about judgment. He is all about love, forgiveness, grace, empowerment, and acceptance. Yes, He is the judge, but He’s already taken out His judgment on Himself in the form of His Son, Jesus – the One who was punished on a cross precisely so He would not have to punish us. So then, in fact, we are doing God a great disservice when we think of Him as that angry old man in the sky who is ready to stick it to the next guy who sins. To think and promote that kind of image on God is to discount Christ’s death, saying that He died in vain.
Wednesday Family Night Dinner Menu
August 31, 2016 5:15pm
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Birthdays and Anniversaries
08.21.16 Lanna Arnold
08.22.16 Sandy Tucker
08.24.16 David Brooks, Jerry Kelley, Mike Shepherd, and Connie Skultety
08.25.16 Val Dreusicke and Denise Edwards
08.26.16 Jackie Fazenbaker and Cookie Porter
Lon and Pat Lorton (Anniversary)
08.27.16 John and Cheryl Bushong (Anniversary)