Romans: Back to Basics – October 8, 2023

Romans 3:23-24

Pastor Enoch Chee

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.

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