Connecting the Good News

Connecting the Good News
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
March 12th, 2017
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Connecting the Good News

The title of this message is connecting the Good News.  And the idea behind the Title is that we are going to connect the Gospel (good news) to the entire Bible.  This series, is loosely based on the Gospel Project by LifeWay.  And so this summer and into the fall, we are going to look at 16 major stories of the Bible and see how they connect to the Good News or the Gospel.  But today, we are going to talk about just what the good news is.

1. What is the Good News?

The word “Gospel” which literally means “good news” has been around since the days of Jesus.  The word “Gospel” occurs 93 times in the Bible, exclusively in the New Testament. In fact, we call the first 4 books of the Bible “The Gospels.” So really when we say the gospel of Matthew we are saying The good news of Matthew.

And the good news is what Jesus asked us to share with the world.

Mark 16:15
Then He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. Go into all the world and preach the GOOD NEWS to the whole creation.

The Greek word for gospel looks a lot like our English word for evangelist, so really Jesus was telling them to go and be evangelists.  Of course He was not telling them to be televangelists or entertainment evangelists but instead to go and spread the good news, and to be a people of good news. And as Christians, we should be evangelicals…meaning…we should be a people of good news.

More specifically we should be a people of the good news of Jesus.  We should be a people who shares the good news of Jesus.  We should be a people who talks about the good news of Jesus.  And we should be a people who hope in the good news of Jesus.

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel (the good news), because it (the good news) is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.

2. Why is it Good News?  

Why is the Gospel the Gospel (good news)…and Why is Jesus good news?

Before we can understand Jesus AS good news, first, we need to understand that we need good news.  There are many in this world who don’t see the need for good news. They are successful and yet have never stepped foot in a church and so they don’t understand why they need Jesus.  But the problem is, they are looking at this only from a physical world view point.  From a worldview, they are very successful. However, if we look at the world from a spiritual point of view, we are on a destructive path…a path that leads to death.

So, why do we need good news?

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.” 

In the beginning, God Created the World and He created Man. Both man and the world were created perfectly, without any flaws.  Imagine what that looked like.  The garden of Eden…before Sin…a time when man and beast got along.  A time when God would stroll through the garden in the evening, spending time with man.  It was perfect world.

Now the question is…Would you call the world perfect today?  No of course not…When we look at the world today, we see pollution, natural disasters, war, disease, viruses, hate, selfishness, etc….Does any of this seem like it has turned out the way it was supposed to?  No of course not…So what happened?  In a word…sin

Romans 5:12
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned

Sin entered the world through Adam and Eve and infected everything on earth, including the earth itself.  Effectively destroying God’s new dwelling place and destroying the relationship between God and Mankind.  Since we were born into a world infected with sin, we were also born with the infection and disease of sin.

Romans 3:23
"for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God…"

Romans 5:12
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned

And without help (some good news) sin will lead to our death, both physically and spiritually.  This is our bad news…Sin is our bad news…And this is why we need good news and this is why we need Jesus.

Fortunately for us, God sent His Only Son, Jesus, to an infected and diseased world. Jesus would live a perfect life as an example to humanity and then sacrifice Himself so that we might one day be rescued from our sin infection and addiction. (John 3:16)

And then one day, Jesus will come again with a New Heaven and a New Earth.  They will be perfect, without any flaw and there will be no sin in them.  There He will establish a new Kingdom and a new nation.  He will restore those who believe in Him to original design and will remove all traces of sin from them, so that we can live together with God in His perfect kingdom as His Children as originally intended.  The world will be perfect…just as it was created to be once again….

John 14:2-3
In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.

So, if our bad news is sin…then our good news is Jesus Christ…

And over the summer we are going to explore how the Bible is connected to the good news of Jesus Christ.  Take a moment and watch the video above from LifeWay.

The question I leave you with today is, are you connected to the good news?

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