Messenger of the Good News!
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near! Repent, and believe the good news!” Mark 1:14-15
Jesus announced God’s good news! (“Gospel” means good news.) A message of acceptance, forgiveness, renewal, and reconciliation; a message of hope that even in the worst situation, God offers us something better. The chance of a new start, and the power to change.
The starting point for this good news is a U-turn! Repentance means to turn away from what is wrong, and turn back to God. – “turn away from your sins.” Walk into the light!
In Luke 15:11-32, Jesus told the story of “the prodigal son”. This son took his full inheritance while his father was still alive. He took it all, turned his back on his father, traveled to a place a long way from home, and spent every last dime! Traveling in this direction, he found himself in desperation. He eventually came to his senses saying, ‘I will go back to my Father, and say to him, “Father I have sinned…” The good news is that the father never gave up on his rebellious son. With open arms, the father welcomed him home.
The family of Rockport is committed to the mission of carrying this message of the good news to all people everywhere; in our daily lives, in our worship each week, in mission and through the giving of ourselves in many ways. All are welcomed home with open arms.