Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Good News

We all remember the horrific events of September 11, 2001, but do you remember the courageous events of September 12, 2001?  After the attacks on the World Trade Centers, experts believed that there might be people buried alive in the rubble at Ground Zero, and so rescue workers spent days searching for people who might still have the hope of life.

That's the story of Christmas, and it's the Gospel.  In this week's message we learned that "gospel" means good news, and refers to the fact that Jesus came to save us, because we had gotten ourselves buried under our own sin.  Use the following questions to think more and apply this week's message.
  1. This week Vince said that sometimes to really hear and understand good news, you first have to know the bad news.  Do you think that's true?  Where else have you seen that?
  2. We talked about the fact that our real problem is sin, and it's sin that leads to all our other problems (loneliness, guilt, broken relationships, anger, addiction, etc.).  Would you agree with that?  If not, why not?
  3. If you think through some of your struggles in life, how can they be traced back to sin as the real cause?
  4. Sin is a problem we can't take care of on our own.  We can't work our way out of it.  That's why Jesus came.  What do you think makes it hard for people to accept the fact that they can't do it on their own, and to cry out to Jesus for help?
  5. Where do you see yourself struggling in this way?
  6. Consider taking some time today to thank God for sending Jesus, and to thank Jesus for being willing to do what was necessary to save you.
  7. The gospel is good news, and good news is meant to be shared.  Whenever we get good news, we share it with people we care about.  Are you actively sharing the good news that Jesus came to save us and give us life?
  8. One easy way to share the good news is by inviting people to come to one of Verve's Christmas Eve services - you've got a couple days left to do that!

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