It’s normal to feel uncomfortable when we follow Jesus. As a result, some Christians respond by only do the bare minimum like attending church only. We skip the hard stuff that costs us more.
That’s like stepping onto an escalator with one foot and the other foot dragging on the ground. If we only follow Jesus halfway, it could end up hurting us even more. However, if we have the right attitude, if we can truly understand and appreciate what God has done for us, we’ll have a lot more peace and motivation to follow Him when it is scary.
So, my question today is: what is the most helpful attitude for followers of Jesus?
Our Bible passage today tell us that to have a better attitude we need to revel in the grace of the savior, so that we can follow him happily as our Lord.
As Christians, we have news to share. News that’s even more significant than the biggest milestones in our lives. The news that we have about Jesus is better than that. The weird thing is that the news about Jesus has actually already gone out. Most people have already heard the news in some shape or form. They’ve all heard that Jesus was born in a manger and he died on a cross so we can go to heaven. But that news has no effect on most people. Most people don’t believe it and they aren’t changed by it. And I think one of the reasons people don’t believe is because the good news has not been presented well. It hasn’t been presented in an intellectually robust way and in the context of a loving relationship.
It’s actually good that we have this kind of problem, because it’s a fixable problem. It means if just we do things differently we could give people a vastly better chance to know Jesus and to live forever. That said, before we start telling the good news, we first need to have a very clear idea about what the good news is. and that’s what I’m going to talk about today.
My big question today is, what exactly is the good news?
Here’s my answer, and I’m borrowing this quote from Tim Keller because he said it so well. The good news is: we are more sinful and flawed than we ever dared to believe, but at the same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus than we ever dared to hope.
That’s my big idea today, and we’ll see this idea in our main Bible passage.
We can know based on good reasons that God exists. So many people are not Christians because they’ve never heard of good enough reasons to believe. I’ve heard of many stories of Christians who leave the church because they weren’t allowed to ask questions or share doubts.
Ultimately, they were not given thoughtful reasons for why God exists. But I really believe that there are good reasons to believe he does exist- that Jesus is a real person.
So, my big question today is How can we know that God exists? It’s a tall order today to do this in 30 mins but my aim is to start a conversation. The answer we’ll see in our bible passage is that we need to follow the evidence with integrity. Our passage today comes from Romans 1:18-20.