I think it would be a great project to read through the Gospels and consider how ALL of it is ‘good news’.
Our God is not ashamed to be called the God of his people of trustful and daring faith, because his promises are ready to be given to us – at his appointed time.
Our inheritance is ready and waiting for the day that is appointed. The question that matters is this: When that time comes, will you be ready and waiting?
Jesus’ set of people types in the ‘Beatitudes’ surprises us. The actions and attitudes he commends here are things that are either humiliating, costly or emotionally draining.
Jesus’ proclamation of the kingdom of God announced that its arrival was imminent, and that we must drop everything in order to be ready and on board for it – that is, we must repent.
The episode of Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11) has much to teach Christians as they seek to follow his example. During his forty days, he is faced with trials that would one of two things…
How naturally does rejoicing spring forth from your faith? The third of the blessings arising from being justified in Christ in Romans 5:1-2 is ‘hope of the glory of God’. This is something that ‘we rejoice’ in.
How do you relate to God? I have heard it said that Christians can either relate to God like a ‘son’, or like a ‘servant’.
Evangelical Christianity has traditionally been very strong on the fact that through faith in Jesus Christ they are justified, or acquitted from the guilt of their sin. But I think we are not so strong on remembering the fruits of that justification.
The short New Testament letter called First John gives a series of ‘tests’ by which Christians (real or professed) can check whether their faith is genuine, rather than sham or superficial. The first of these so-called ‘tests’ is that of obedience.