Summary: We need to bring the Good News about Jesus to our community.

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Text: Col. 1:1-8


1. Our world is desperately in need of some good news. Suzanne Jennings wrote this song in 1999:

I woke up Monday morning, walked out on the lawn

My eyes were barely open, and my mouth began to yawn

Picked up the daily paper, every single headline said,

That this ole world is full of trouble, and I wished I'd stayed in bed.

Sometimes the bad that's goin' on's enough to bring you down.

Turned on my television and began to flip on thru

All 100 channels, On Demand, and Pay per view

Not one message had a meaning that was good in any way

Just before I wrote the whole world off, I heard the Father say,

"Don't forget what I have promised, you can overcome it all!"

Well my knees began to shake, and my heart began to beat,

And a funny new sensation worked its way into my feet

The Spirit of glad tidings came from somewhere deep inside,

And holdin' back the flood was just like holdin' back the tide.

I couldn't help but circulate to everyone I know.

I'll spread this talk all over town about the peace and joy I've found in You, good news!

This story is about to break and blessed are the feet that take the Truth, good news!

I'm slippin' on my gospel shoes--Cause I've got good, good news! (Words: Suzanne Jennings, performed by Gaither Vocal Band, 1999).

2. Proverbs 25:25 (NLT)

25 Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty.

3. What's so good about the Good News?

A. It Gives Us Hope

B. It Changes Lives

C. It Changes How We Treat Others

4. Let's stand together as we read Col. 1:1-8.

Proposition: We need to bring the Good News about Jesus to our community.

Transition: One of the most important things about the Good News is...

I. It Gives Us Hope (1-5).

A. Confident Hope

1. Paul begins this letter with, "This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy."

A. PAUL BEGINS HIS salutation identifying himself as "an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God."

B. He does not write as a private interested party but as Christ's apostle who speaks with authority.

C. By identifying himself in this way Paul is not trying to establish his badge of rank or to put his readers under his thumb.

D. His authority is not increased by the use of the title apostle, just as it is not reduced when he omits it or substitutes "servant" or "prisoner." Being an apostle is simply what he is.

E. When Paul says that his calling as an apostle came "by the will of God," it reflects his basic conviction that Christ called and empowered him to carry on a divine task that was entrusted to only a few.

F. In the Old Testament, God appeared to prophets and sent them forth to proclaim the word. In Paul's case, Christ appeared to him and sent him out to proclaim a particular gospel.

G. He did not decide to go into the apostolic ministry but understood himself to have been set apart by God from his mother's womb to carry the gospel to the nations.

H. His authority was unique since it derived directly from Christ, but Paul did not see himself as set apart for high office from which he could rule the roost and issue divine directives.

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