Gospel [gr. euaggelion] – lit. good news, news that makes one happy, information that causes one joy, words that bring smiles, a message that causes the heart to be sweet.
“Something has happened as a result of which the world is a different place.” - N.T. Wright
What is God really like?
What if God is nothing like the god of religion?
1.The LIFE of Jesus brings into focus the HEART of God.
Story #1: The Wandering Sheep [Luke 15:4-7]
Story #2: The Lost Coin [Luke 15:8-10]
Story #3: The Prodigal Son [Luke 15:11-32]
We all want to live life on our own terms.
“The prodigal son walked away from family for fake friends! He left who loved him for who liked him!” - Bishop T.D. Jakes
2. THIS IS GOOD: REPENTANCE opens the door to RETURN home.
“Repentance is the inner resolve and determination to turn from sin and return to fellowship with God.” - Tony Evans
3. THIS IS GOOD: The LOVE of the Father is greater than the REJECTION of the son.
4. THIS IS GOOD: Your identity is RECEIVED not ACHIEVED.
“The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.” - Tim Keller
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." John 3:16-17
5. THIS IS GOOD: The heart of God is to WELCOME you HOME.