What Is the Good News?
By Rick Warren
— October 31, 2011
“The Good News shows how God makes people right with himself — that it begins and ends with faith.” Romans 1:17a (NCV)
The Good News is that when we trust God’s grace to save us through the work of Jesus, our sins are forgiven, we get a purpose for living, and we’re promised a future home in Heaven.
God has never made a person he didn’t love. Everybody matters to him. When Jesus stretched out his arms wide on the cross, he was saying, “I love you this much!”
The Bible says, “For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all ...” (2 Corinthians 5:14a NIV)
We must care about unbelievers because God does. Love leaves no choice. The Bible says, “There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear.” (1 John 4:18 TEV)
A parent will run into a burning building to save a child because his love for that child is greater than his fear. If you’ve been afraid to share the Good News with those around you, ask God to fill your heart with his love for them.
The Bible says, “[God] does not want anyone to be lost, but he wants all people to change their hearts and lives.” (2 Peter 3:9b NCV)
What are you willing to do so that the people you know will go to Heaven?
- Invite them to church?
- Share your story?
- Take them a meal?
- Pray for them every day until they are saved?
Don’t miss the opportunities God is giving you. The Bible says, “Make the most of your chances to tell others the Good News. Be wise in all your contacts with them.” (Colossians 4:5 LB)
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Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors. © Copyright 2011 Rick Warren.