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Why are you here?

Welcome!  I’m glad your here and that you’ve come to this website.  I have a feeling that wasn’t an accident.  Do you?

My gut tells me you’ve come to this place for a reason and I believe that reason is that God has called you and led you here because he has something here that he wants to share with you.

What might that be?

If you’re already a disciple of Jesus Christ, you have heard the word of your salvation and come to believe in the good news then I would encourage you to read below.  What I’m going to share you already know but it’s is a wonderful reminder of the love of God that has been shared with you.

If you don’t follow Jesus, you may know of Him but you do not know him personally, then the following message is for you.  I pray that He will grant you ears to hear this sweet message, a repentant heart and faith to believe it…

Good News!

What is the good news?

Well, the good news is this:

Jesus Christ has been crucified for the sins of the world and overcome them by His glorious resurrection from the dead!

Now THAT is good news!

In fact, the Bible tells us that the good news or “gospel” (which means “good news”) is the very power of God for those of us who are being saved by it.

18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18

You see, God the Father himself has purposed to save sinners from their sin and he’s decided to do that in a very particular way; through the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

And it’s by the preaching of this good news that the power of the Holy Spirit works to save sinners.

13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee[a] of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,[b] to the praise of his glory.” – Ephesians 1:13-14

Did you catch that?

If you just heard this good news and believed it then God has placed his “seal” on you, which is the Holy Spirit, and he (the Holy Spirit) is the guarantee of your inheritance in Jesus Christ.  And that inheritance is eternal life.

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me,[a] is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” – John 10:27-30

Some of what I just shared with you make not may not make sense right now but if you know what you heard was true and you believed it to be so, meaning you’ve trusted in Jesus Christ to save you from your sin, then know that He has.  Believe.

I’m sure you have questions and that’s fine, the Lord said you could ask him for wisdom and he would give it to you.  James 1:5  So if you’re confused about what you’ve just heard and believed then ask God to explain it to you and believe that He will.

An explanation…

I want to a explain a bit more about what I’ve just shared with you in the hope that you may more fully understand what’s happened today and why.

So again, what is the Gospel?  Most people whether Christian or not are at least familiar with the word.  But do we have any idea what the Gospel actually even is?  We hear this word used repeatedly inside and out of the church but when pressed to give an explanation of what exactly the Gospel is, so often we find ourselves grasping for air unable to clearly articulate this fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith.  And for those of you who have heard this good news for the first time you are probably wanting to know more.

The word “gospel” used in the Scriptures comes from the Greek word, euaggelion, which means “a reward for good tidings” or more succinctly, “good news.”  So what is the good news?

In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul gives the clearest and most simplified presentation of the Good News that we find in the Bible:

“15 Now I would remind you, brothers,[a] of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,” – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

And there we have it.  Seems pretty simple right?  Almost too simple.  But Paul assures us that, “the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand and by which you are being saved,” was, “delivered to you as of first importance and is “the power of God unto salvation for all those who would believe it.” – Romans 1:16

And so it is, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is truly of first importance in the entirety of the Christian faith.  In fact the whole of the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation point us to this fundamental truth; Jesus Christ crucified and risen for the remission of sin.

1 John 1:9 tells us that if we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive us and purify us from all unrighteousness.

It’s my faithful prayer that if you are reading these words now, that you would hear the Holy Spirit proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in your heart and that you would repent of your sin and believe this good news.

Repent

Repent?  What exactly does that mean?  Well the word repent means to “change one’s mind” or “to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins”.

Repentance means that you first and foremost acknowledge you are a sinner before God.

“23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” – Romans 3:23

Paul teaches us in Romans that the Gospel, “is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”  Think about that for a moment.  Simply hearing and believing the good news that Jesus Christ was crucified and risen for the remission of our sins is, in and of itself, the literal power of God.  But why is this good news so powerful?

The gospel is powerful because it demonstrates God’s unique ability to create something from nothing.  Only God can create and that’s exactly what He does through the gospel of his Son Jesus.

Because of sin we have fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23) and separated ourselves (Isaiah 59:2) from our Creator.  What’s more, the “wages” or the result of our sin is death. (Romans 6:23)

But God, in his great grace demonstrated his wonderful love for us in this, that even though we were still sinners, he sent his Son Jesus to die for us. (Romans 5:8)

Romans 10:9 is clear, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

If you would believe this good news you must do so by faith for without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6)  If in indeed you have believed the Gospel by faith and by that alone, you can know that you now have peace with God through your Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)  There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)  He has completely covered your sin in his shed blood and paid the “wages” of your sin, through his death.

What’s more, if you have truly believed this good news the Bible says that you have been “born again.”

“3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

1 Peter 1:3-5

Finally, we know what the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ truly is as we read:

“17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

2 Corinthians 5:17

Through the Gospel, God has done what only he can do; create.

What was once dead (man in his sin) is now made alive in Christ.  By grace through faith in good news of Jesus, we who were dead have been “born again” in Spirit.

If this message applies to you then I want to encourage you to praise your great God and King Jesus for what he has done for you.  You can know at this very moment that you are completely secure in Jesus and nothing can ever change what he has done.  (Ephesians 1:13-14)

Praise God who makes all things new!

Encouragement…

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