Announcing Good News 7/17/16
Mark 1:14-20, II Timothy 1:6-14
Paul tells the Galatian church that at “when the time had fully come, God sent his son into the world” (4:4)
How Did We Get Here?
Today we stay in the Roman Empire, about half way through
almost millennial empire. Rome
In a corner of the empire was a land that dwelt in the middle of trade routes, with the large city of
center. It contained people highly
skeptical of Roman power, even rebellious at times. The seemed to challenge everything, including
Jerusalem Rome’s borrowed and renamed version of the
pantheon of gods taken from . Greece endorsed a different
idea: monotheism. Israel
In their tenuous relationship,
had even secured a religio licita, when allowed them to forego emperor
It is into this world that Jesus Christ comes. “When the time had fully come”. He had come to be Messiah and fulfill God’s will for salvation. His death forgives our sins and his resurrection brings the promise of new life for his believers. This message entered 1st century
. It was in the Rome Roman
Empire that the message of the Gospel happened historically.
Roger Osbourne, author of Civilization: A New History of the western World, compares the message of Jesus Christ to the message and substance of the
Into all this cam a faith that reconnected spiritually, believe and experience, a d presented a profound and meaningful alternative to the chaotic spiritual emptiness of the Roman world. The contrast could hardly have been greater. The new faith presented a strong attraction to the spiritual heirs of Socrates, living at a time of moral confusion, and to the people of
who were deprived of meaningful religious experience. But Christianity also offered a strong and
supportive network of like-minded people.
The artisan classes in particular were effectively closed off form the
ruling elite by their lack of citizenship, but the Church offered an
alternative spiritual empire in which they had full membership. (117) Rome
7 Comparisons and Contrasts in Paul’s Teaching to Timothy
Vs 7 The Holy Spirit does not make us timid
The Holy Spirit gives us power, love and self-discipline
Vs 8 Do not be ashamed about the Lord’s testimony or me
Participate by God’s power in suffering for the gospel
Vs 9 We are not called because of our own doing
We are called by the Lord’s own purpose and grace
Vs 9-10 Grace given before time
Grace is revealed now
Vs 10 Jesus has destroyed death
He has brought life and immortality to light by gospel
Vs 12 No cause for shame
There is truth and conviction
Vs 12 Paul entrusted to God
God entrusted to Paul
Jesus calls the disciples: Come, follow me.
He calls without delay
Jesus demands all from us. And this is good news.
When we put God first, and seek him first, then is when we find the rest, and we find ourselves.
Is God one more thing? One of many things? Or everything?
The Racko game illustration:
Even if every other number is order, but the first card isn’t…you can’t get any points.
How true for life: even if everything else looks in place, but we live without God first, it is all terribly off.
Jesus’ first words:
He announces good news. “The time is now. The
is near. Repent and believe the good
news” kingdom of God
Paul wrote: I know whom I have believed