Good News!

1 09 2013

In October my church is launching a Christianity Explored course, (please let me know if you’d like more info!), and so in place of today’s sermon we watched the first video from the course, the introduction, by Rico Tice. It looks *really* good, it’s a few weeks plus one away day, looking at the Gospel of Mark! If you aren’t local to me, but are still interested in hearing more about Jesus, find a course near you!

“In this song the actions praise His name.
I want my actions every day to do the same.”

“Name above all names,
You are worthy of all praise.
My heart will sing,
‘How great is our God.'”

Good NewsMark 1 vv 1-20

Think of somewhere beautiful part of nature you’ve seen. A river, a meadow, a mountain? Table mountain was the example given:

Do you really think something that stunning could have happened by chance?

You are incredible! In your body there are about 100 trillion cells, each of which contains DNA. If you stretched out the DNA in one cell it would be about 2 or 3 metres. If you put all the DNA in your body in one long line, then, depending on what website you look at it’d stretch to the moon, or to the moon and back 8 times, or to the sun and back 4 times… whichever it is, it’s a long long way! You are incredible!

Christianity is not about churches, rules, leaving your mind at the door and ruining your fun. It’s about Jesus Christ: “The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah” – v1a.

It was risky for Mark to call him Christ. At the time Roman Emperors were said to have the divine authority.

Gospel = Good News. And not just average good news. This is dancing in the street, end of the war Good News!
If you’ve heard it, and don’t think that it’s the best news you’ve ever heard then you haven’t understood it.

Mark was written around 45-60AD and he was guided by Peter, one of Jesus’ closest followers.

It all gets a bit weird in verses 9-11, heaven tearing open and a voice booming out – the people even thought it odd at the time, but they’d been told in advance! (vv 2-3)

Jesus is more than an ordinary man, we should be surprised that extraordinary things begin to happen.

Mark is just getting started.

We have a responsibility not to keep this to ourselves in the Great Commission.

Go forth and tell! O Church of God, awake!
God’s saving news to all the nations take;
Proclaim Christ Jesus, Savior, Lord, and King,
That all the world His worthy praise may sing.

Go forth and tell! O Church of God, arise!
Go in the strength which Christ, your Lord, supplies;
Go till all nations His great name adore
And serve Him, Lord and King, forevermore.

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