New Teaching Series: Sept 4 – Nov 20, 2016
At times I feel that I am missing the whole point of why God gave us the absurdly wonderful gift of His Son. Jesus was sinless but he bore the guilt and shame of all sin; suffered God’s hate and punishment for that sin; and carried the unimaginable weight of the God-defaming sin to the cross. He did this all of this for me and for you. Reading the New Testament words of God I can’t help feeling there is something more that God has for us who are in Christ. But why do I believe this? Because I must confess that I am sometimes bored with God, Jesus, and the church. If we are honest, many of us sleep walk in our life with Christ as well. We often struggle to find joy, have little passion for the things of God, and even less passion to talk about Jesus to others who may be starving for hope in a chaotic and hopeless world.
The gospel of Jesus … is good news! Unfortunately I believe we have let it become trivial news, irrelevant news, old news, or (at the worst) questionable news – like news we observe and doubt on social media. Jesus, the Holy Son of God, King of kings, came as a poor peasant and lived a sinless life. He did this by loving, giving, and serving every economic, social, and racial segment of society. He lived the life we should live. He then allowed Himself to be murdered in our place for our sin (rebellion to holy God). He died the death we should die. The King of all creation squashed our rebellion by punishing His own Son to death. And then He did what we could never do, He rose from the dead, proving He alone rules over sin and death. In all this – His life, death, and resurrection – God gave the impossible to hopeless sinners: the offer of forgiveness and life in His love now and forever. The gospel of Jesus is really good news, amazing news – life giving news! And, in the gospel, in Jesus, we have forgiveness for our sins, healing for our sin broken lives, and the unrelenting love of God in Christ now and forever. The gospel of Jesus is good news!
It is a truism that we talk about or “speak of” those things that are most important to us; or things that which capture our hearts and minds. During this series we want to equip the body to “speak of Jesus” and His gospel.
We want to do more than learn the words to say that speak the truth of Jesus. We want to be overwhelmed by our relentless God and His love for us in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We want the words we speak to be the reflection of a heart and mind that is being captured by Jesus.
So, if you feel like there is more to this life in Jesus or if you have never entered into life with Jesus through His gospel, join us as we discover (or rediscover) the wonder of Jesus and His gospel. As we do, may we become people who love Jesus and speak of Jesus because He truly has captured our hearts, minds and our lives.
Also, be sure to check out the study guide created to go along with this series: