“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” – Mark 16:15
I am reading a great book and the author speaks of the danger that faces nations, businesses, and even churches: mission creep! As we prepare to celebrate our 25th anniversary as a church on May 15, it is a good time to remember our purpose and stay razor sharp on our mission.
Our Purpose: To reach and transform people, by the power of the gospel, in Biblical community.
What does it mean to be REACHED by the gospel?
At Good News, we are passionate about reaching people with the gospel because we believe people are lost and need to be reached. We are here on earth for the lost. We are a rescue station. To be reached by the gospel means that we have faith in Jesus Christ. Faith in Jesus brings us into a forever relationship with God.
Our Target: To reach the lost-
Especially the next generation (under 40)
What does it mean to be TRANSFORMED by the gospel?
At Good News, we are passionate about seeing those reached with the gospel transformed by it. We long to see people think, act, and become like Jesus. We long to see people so transformed by the gospel that they become beautiful like Jesus. We long for people to see us and say, “What happened to you?” Then we can let them know it is Jesus who makes the ugly beautiful.
The same gospel that reaches us transforms us. As we connect to Jesus Christ, biblical community, and engage in His mission, we are transformed by the gospel and become 3M Christians:
Master: Captured by the love of Christ.
Member: Doing life together.
Mission: Engaged in His mission.
What is the GOSPEL?
At Good News, we are passionate about the naked gospel. The naked gospel is that Jesus has done everything necessary to make us beautiful to God and others.
Jesus + Nothing = Everything… and
Everything – Jesus = Nothing
The gospel has bad news: We have all sinned (Romans 3:23).
The gospel has good news: Jesus Christ is a seeking and saving Savior. He came from heaven and took on our humanity. Being fully God and fully man He was able to live for us the life that we could never live. His life was a perfect, sinless life. His death on the cross was as a substitute for His people. The penalty for sin is death. Jesus Christ died for us, in our place, to pay the full and awful penalty for our sin and purchase a place for us in Heaven. He rose bodily from the dead to show that penalty had been paid and that there is hope for us beyond the grave too.
Our part is to believe.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” – Revelation 3:20
To believe means to:
Admit that we are sinners and cannot save ourselves.
Believe that Christ lived a perfect life for us and died the death we deserved to die on His cross and rose bodily from the dead.
Commit our life to Christ that in reliance upon Him we will seek to live as a follower of Christ should.
“Lord Jesus, I acknowledge to You that I have sinned against You in many ways. I believe You died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead. I want You to come into my life and be my Savior. Forgive me of all my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. Come into my life and be my Lord. Help me become the person You want me to be. Amen!”
The gospel that gets us started is the same gospel that gets us all the way home. People are reached when they hear the gospel: both the Bad News and the Good News. Christians are transformed, not by moving on from the gospel to deeper truths, but by pressing deeper into the gospel. Christians are transformed by pressing the gospel deeper into our lives and relationships.