The month of February is designated as “Missions month” at New Hope. During missions month you will hear about our church’s vision of, and involvement with, local missions (weeks 1 & 2) and global missions (weeks 3 & 4). Our missions flow out of God’s mission to save people for himself amongst all the nations. And because our missions flow out of the blessing of God in the gospel of Jesus Christ, we must know and cherish the gospel. What is the gospel? What is the best news with which we have been blessed and with which we are to bless others?
The good news is that no matter who we are, where we are from, or what we have done, we are all supernaturally loved by God and wonderfully made in His image. The bad news is that we have all turned away from God; we have all chosen our ways over His ways, and we are separated from God, evident in all sorts of suffering we experience in this world. But the best news is that God has not left us alone in our separation. God has come to us in the person of Jesus, and He has made a way for every single one of us to be restored to a relationship with God—not just in this world, but for all of eternity. There is no better news than this!
A biblical presentation and a biblical response to the best news—the gospel of God in Jesus Christ—includes five key elements. These five key biblical elements are:
1. The Character of God (Romans 1:18-20, 2:1-16, 3:22-24, Isaiah 43:6-7)
Biblical truth: God is the just and gracious Creator of all things.
Biblical response: Realize that we belong to Him, are accountable to Him, and are created to glorify Him.
2. The Sinfulness of Man (Romans 1:21-25, 3:9-20, 3:23, 6:23)
Biblical truth: We are each created by God, but we are all corrupted by sin.
Biblical response: Admit areas of rebellion, be honest with God about our sin, and turn from it.
3. The Sufficiency of Christ (Romans 3:21-26, 4:25, 5:6-10, 5:18, 8:1-4)
Biblical truth: Jesus Christ alone is able to remove our sin and reconcile us to God through His death. He alone satisfies the wrath of God for our sins.
Biblical response: Recognize that we are helpless to be reconciled with God apart from Jesus Christ.
4. The Necessity of Faith (Romans 1:17, 3:20-31, 4:22-25, 6:11-14, 8:10-11, 10:9-13)
Biblical truth: We are reconciled to God only through faith in Jesus. There is nothing we can do to become right with God.
Biblical response: Faith that leads to salvation involves turning from sin and self-sufficiency. We turn to Jesus, trust in Him, and confess Him as Lord and Savior.
5. The Urgency of Eternity (John 3:14-16, 36, John 10:27-30, 17:3, 1 Timothy 1:16-17, 1 John 5:11-13)
Biblical truth: Our eternal destiny is dependent on our response to Jesus.
Biblical response: Cry out to God to save you of your sins, put your faith in Jesus Christ and confess Him as Savior and Lord.
If you want to know more about the gospel, Christian faith or Jesus Christ, please contact one of our pastors. We would love to connect with you, share more about the best news and how you can enjoy it and live it out with joy and gratitude!
This week’s bible reading schedule:
|☐||Sun: Genesis 34, Matthew 5||☐||Thu: Genesis 39, Mark 9|
|☐||Mon: Genesis 35, Matthew 6||☐||Fri: Genesis 40, Mark 10|
|☐||Tue: Genesis 36, Matthew 7||☐||Sat: Genesis 41, Mark 11|
|☐||Wed: Genesis 37, Mark 8||☐||Sun: Genesis 42, Mark 12|