Good News Evangelism
News is not something that has potential to happen. It is the telling of something that has already occurred. The Good News then is not about something that can become true if you accept it or believe it, rather it is about something that already is a true reality whether you believe it or not. So then, what is the Good News?
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (II Cor. 5: 14-21)
The Good News is that Jesus has already died for the human race and therefore the human race is already included in His perfect work. Our job as ambassadors for Christ who have received our inclusion in Jesus is to seek to persuade a much loved creation of what their Creator has already finished (See, John 19:30). Our joy is to partner with God to build meaningful relationships with others and share the Good News of what God has already done for them in Christ so that they too may taste and see that the Lord is Good and in so doing participate in the union that He desires to have with them wherein He shares His life with them and in them now and forever (Col. 1: 24-29).
Faith comes by hearing and by hearing the Good News (Rom. 10:17). Preach what Christ has finished and faith has a chance to emerge. I encourage you to build relationships with others and when the time is right share the Good News of what Jesus has already done for them. This was the revelation and the drive of the Apostle Paul, and if we catch it ourselves it will be our joy as well!
-- Pastor Shane