“Sharing the Good News” – Matthew 28:18-20

Matthew 28:18-20

“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The world we live in today is in desperate need of hearing good news, news that leads to hope, purpose, and new life. People truly desire to seek and find a deep connection with something bigger than themselves. Every person desires to matter. Everyone is searching for belonging, to be connected to others from all different walks of life. There must be people that are willing to step outside of the norm and press through struggles to share good news. The need to share good news is insanely important for the lives of all people.

The most beautiful news anyone can ever share is the good news of Jesus Christ, that God sent His only Son to die on a cross for the sins of all people. Jesus defeated sin and death, so we can have life. Jesus did this because he loves every single person that has ever lived or will live. Christ died for His people, which are His church. The people of God make up one of the most powerful and beautiful families in the entire universe. God’s church includes followers of Jesus from all nations, all colors, all languages, all walks of life and so much more. These qualities are what make God’s church so powerful and beautiful. The Holy Spirit uses all people to carry the message of Jesus. This is good news to all.

God’s church must understand the weight of being the church on mission. You and I, followers of Jesus, must carry the good news of Jesus to our families, to our friends, to our work, to our schools, to every place we go with boldness. Right now, I am in Uganda, Africa with a group of people sharing the good news of Jesus. Belmont is on mission right now in Uganda sharing the good news of Jesus to a people that are hopeless. You have the power today through the Holy Spirit to share the good news of Jesus with a hopeless family member, friend, employer, employee, or even a complete stranger. Rely on the Holy Spirit and He will give you wisdom, strength, and boldness to share. Trust the Holy Spirit. Be the church. Be the temple. Allow God to use YOU.

While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions: 
  • Who is someone that you can share the good news of Christ with today? 
  • Spend some time in prayer asking God to make that person’s heart ready to hear what you have to share and that He would give you the love, the boldness, and the words to step forward today and speak hope into someone’s lift today. 

Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you? 

Explain – what does the passage mean? 
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today? 
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Macon Jones, Student and Young Adult Pastor

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