The Words of the Song

The early church was marginalized, mistreated, misunderstood. But they were compelled by good news that had changed everything: Jesus died and rose again. We have to ask: Why did so many give their lives for this? What’s so good about the Good News?

Teaching Notes

STEREO: good news for a listening world

 

News:  something has happened as a result of which the world is a different place"    Theologian/Historian NT Wright

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.                                  Romans 1:16

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.

 

THE GOSPEL IN STEREO:  John 13:34-35

LOVE others the way Jesus LOVED you.

 

What’s so powerful about the Gospel?

THE WORDS TO THE SONG:

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.                                                                                                  John 3:16

 

The Romans Road:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”                                                 Romans 3:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.                                                                                                                                                                 Romans 6:23

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.                                                                                                                                                      Romans 5:6-8

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.                                                                                   Romans 10:9

 

Personally Experiencing the Power of the Gospel:

  • ADMIT
  • BELIEVE
  • CONFESS

 

PRAYER:

I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.                                                                                           Philemon 6

 

FURTHER RESOURCES:

Simply Good News by NT Wright

Fool’s Talk by Os Guinness

Did Jesus Rise From The Dead by William Lane Craig

Becoming a Contagious Christian by Bill Hybels

Kingdom Conspiracy by Scot McKnight

They Like Jesus But Not The Church by Dan Kimball

Who Is This Man by John Ortberg

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Scripture

  • John 3:16

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