This News Will Change Your Life (1:6-8)
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This News Will Change Your Life (1:6-8)

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This news will change your life? What news is it? Do you believe it?

All right, well, hey! I am superexcited to preach a message to you today. Are you ready for it all right?I, like it you're ready. I need your help. I need your help to announce thetitle of the message. Okay, turn to that person. Next to you, maybe it'sthe other one that you forgot to look at last time and tell him i've got newsfor you and say this news will change your life there. You go! That's good! This newswill change your life. Now you might be saying, pastor kevin. What news exactly is that? Is therelike an alien invasion? That's coming, because that would definitely change mylife. Probably would but no it's not! Thenews. Is there news that i a government'sgoing to do another fourteen days to slow the spread, because the last timethat that happened that changed my life? You know i'm not talking about that. I'm talkingabout the good news, the good news of the gospel of jesus and this news will change your life now. I know you've been around thechurch for a minute and you're like the gospel man. I believe the gospel a long timeago. I grew up going to a church that shared the gospel at the end of everysermon and at the end of the service. You know people raise their hands andprayed some prayers and they came forward, and you know i did that, andthat was years ago, like what else did you got for me pastor? That was a long time ago. What else?What else is there? You know i get it, but i think we're all in the same boatwhen it comes to this idea that the gospel can and will change your life,no matter if you're, a christian or not a christian, whether you're in churchor never been in church, the gospel can change your life. Do you believe thatthe gospel can change your life right now in this moment in this place,regardless of what you believe, the gospel can change your life, so sometimes the gospel can beunderstood as, like the diving board that you step up on and you jump offinto the pool of christianity. You know once you get off the diving board intothe pool. You start swimming around and there's a lot of other things to do,but you kind of leave the gospel behind. Well, let me tell you that the gospelis the entire swimming pool, experience it's the the fun and excitement of thediving board and- and you never leave the gospel you swim around and you seehow it affects your life over here, the depth of it over here this nook andthis cranny and how it all applies and how it all changes things every singleday. Every moment of your life, the gospel is the entire thing. The entireessence of christianity is the gospel.

So let me explain a little bit aboutwhat i mean by using an illustration from a bookcalled gospel fluency by a pastor named jeff vander stealth. He starts thisbook by sharing this this hypothetical situation. It might have been real forhim at the moment, but it's let's just call it a hypothetical situation for usand he introduces us to a lady named allison. Now allison she came to groupone day and she was just sharing with her group that there was this crazy situation going on in herworld. Her ex husband just cancelled on her again for thehundredth time of picking up the kids for the weekend, and this situationjust completely stressed her out just so mad at him so upset, and she knowsshe has to say something to him. She has to stand up to him, but she'sscared. She doesn't want to. He intimidates her. He scares her and it worries her that if she was tomake him even more upset that he would leave forever and stop paying financialsupport and she doesn't know how they would continue, how they would survive,how they would live, and so this whole situation just keepsher up at night. It stresses her out and it's worrying her. So so much and you know this whole situationstarted when she caught him, her ex husband, cheating on her with her best friend and then to make matters even worse. Her house was destroyed in a fire justshortly after and lost everything, and so here she is in this group- that'sbeen with her friends for a while sharing again this pain. This hurt thisthis frustration, this situation, and so you can imagine somebody speaking upin the group and saying man, i'm gonna get this guy like hecan't be treating you that way. You deserve better than that. I'm gonna,i'm gonna go take care of him for you and somebody else, chiming in you know,like you got to say something you got to try. You got to stand up to this guy.You know you got to you got to say something. You gotta stand up for yourself. You can't letthem walk all over. You like that and so pastor. Jeff is sitting in thisgroup listening and hearing how things are going and things are going on andon and on, and he is just thinking you know it's good to think about howwe could fix the situation. What some...

...good advice that we could give her, butwhat she really needs in this moment. More than anything else is jesus is the gospel and so pastor, jeff turnsto allison and says you need jesus to help. You overcome your fear, you need jesus to be your source ofidentity and security and love, and not your ex husband. In fact, youalso need jesus to enable you to forgive and to love your ex husband see she had allowed this man to becomethe center of her life. He had so much influence on her over her that hebasically controlled her every move. It was almost as if this guy had becomeher gone and so was allison a christian. Was she not a christian, and does it even matter right? The gospel jesus in her life could change her life. So that's alison. What about what aboutus? Maybe you've had a conversation likethis like me, where you're loved one, your significant other, the someonethat you really trust has said to you. Looked you in the face and said to you.You know you just need to fix some things in your life that thing i'vebeen reminding you about for so long yeah that thing yeah. You still haven'tgotten any better at that and on the inside of you on the otherend of that conversation, the word that you think about that you internalizethat identifies who you are. Is failure just feel like a failure or you're trying to be a good parentanyone trying to be a good parent, a good christian parent you're, like i'mgonna, i'm going to do a bible study after dinner tonight with my kids, it'sgoing to be amazing. I got my i got my notes together, i got it all laid out.I got i got what i want to do and i sit across the table when i pull out allthis stuff and you're like okay. Here we go we're going to talk about jesus,we're going to pray together and and like a minute into it, the kids arelike up and left they don't care they're, not listening,and it's like man. I just feel like a bad parent, justfeel like a bad mom, a bad, dad or or you've been around church alittle bit and you've been around this church for a little bit. We talk aboutpraying and caring and sharing, and you hear shannon vidin planning this blockparty and it's like. Oh that's, so cool you know like. I really want to do that.I really i really. I really think it's a good thing and- and i want to youknow i want to do that, and then you realize that, like theonly neighbors that you know...

...well, there aren't any because you onlyknow stories of failed attempts to meet them and it's like on the inside right. You want to do these things, buton the inside you just feel like a hypocrite and so for allison, and for me for you and for all of us we need to know that jesus willovercome our fear and yes, it is good to get some budgeting advice to getsome relationship advice, it's even good to do good christian things likeread your bible and to pray, but in the end the most important thing is that weneed jesus and so pastor. Jeff looks at allison and saysjesus is theonly man who will never let you down every other man will fail you, but henever. Will god wants you to stop looking at yourex husband or any other man for that matter to be for you, what only jesuscan be for you. He wants jesus to be that at the center of your heart, youraffections and your hope jesus wants you to know that he loves you very muchand wants to be your ultimate protector and provider to which everyone's like yeah. That sounds good. I, like that. That'sthat's! That's what i need! That's what we all need, that's what we want tolive our life that way, and we all kind of say yes, yes, yes, but then allison response to pastor,jeff and says okay, i like that. But how can i know for sure like? How can i know that all that goodstuff that seems helpful? That seems true. That seems right. How can i knowfor sure- and i wish i could just pause right nowand force you to write the answer to that question on a piece of paper? How can you know for sure, becausethere's just something about taking the thought and and putting it out intowriting? How can you know for sure if you're watching online, i wish youcould just pause the video and literally pull it a pen and write downthe answer then restart it in a second or if you're, driving, pull on overtype it in your phone write it out why? Why can she believe that why? Why isthat true? Why can she be sure, because the answer to that question howyou answer that question shows where you put your hope and your trust inlike what are you building your life on...

...right? Like all of these things, theysound good they're, helpful they're good. But how do you know? How do you know? Why can you trust him? Why can you build your life on it, because i can't force you all to writeit down, i'm going to tell you what i really do wish you'd write it down. Ireally do when you get home, write it down the answer to why alison can reallyknow for sure that all that good stuff that sounds good that really does makea difference is true, is because that god loved the world so much that hegave his only son to die on the cross to pay the penaltyfor your sin, when you were when i was an enemy of god, when i could care lessabout god, god loved me so much and he died for me in my place he was buriedand he rose again the third day and everything that he said was true wasproven true in that moment, and when we trust and believe in him we haveeternal life and we are set free from any power of sin in our life. That's how you know it's true, that'show you can be sure is because there is an event two thousand years ago, thatliterally changed everything, and what's the most important thing inevery single one of our lives, is that jesus is at the center of our life andnot an ex husband. Not anybody else, that's the gospel and that's the power of the gospel tochange your life. Your every day, moment by moment, life right now, eventoday, it's the news that will change your life. So we've been in this series throughcolossians chapter, one verse, six paul rights. This same good news that cameto you is going out all over the world. What good news, the truth of the gospel-and this truth gives us the confidence that there will be a home in heaven forus one day and a new life to have right here and now see paul. The writer ofthis letter heard about the colossians faith from a man named a patris and hewas celebrating their faith in jesus and how it worked itself out in lovefor one another and paul was super thankful for that and he was prayingfor them and that was versus three through five and so paul continues.This same good news that came to you is going on all over the world. It'sbearing fruit everywhere by doing what changing lives, just as it changed yourlife from the day, you first heard and...

...understood the truth. About god'swonderful grace, you learned about the good news from a pathris, our belovedco worker. He is christ, faithful servant and an he is helping us on yourbehalf. He has told you about the love for others that the holy spirit hasgiven you. So it's this good news that is goingout all over the world like it's good news for anyone and everyone everywhere.It's good news for your muslim neighbor. It's good news for your mormonmissionary that knocks on your door. It's good news for the atheist and it'sgood news for the agnostic. It is good news for every single person in everysingle place and it's bearing fruit everywhere bychanging lives wherever you are, whether you're in lancasterpennsylvania or whether you're somewhere else, whether you're inchurch or whether you're not in church, it changes your life, you could be living in canada or africaor india and the same gospel changes. Your life, you could have never stepped into achurch building before and the gospel can change your life. The gospel is bearing fruit everywhereby changing lives, so my life was changed by the gospel.When i was eight years old, i prayed with my mom and received jesus,something like lord. I know i'm a sinner. I know that you died for me. Ihave you to come into my heart into my life and to save me. I did that when iwas eight a long time ago and i needed the gospel then and then fast forward about twelveyears or so when i was twenty, i needed the gospel when i was twenty, because up until that point in my life,when i was about twenty years old, i was a sophomore in college at lebanon valley college. There was something at the center of mylife and it wasn't jesus. It was sports. I was a big time sports guy and becausei didn't get a division, one scholarship to play football like ihoped i decided that i'd go to a small division three school and play bothfootball and baseball and figure that hey. If i can't be good at one sport, icould just be the all star at two sports and that would be theconsolation prize. What was my major going to be atlebanon valley college? I didn't really care. It was sports that i was there,for they gave me a good, recruiting trip. I liked it and i don't have moneyworked out and whatever else so that's where i ended up-...

...and you know what i didn't wake up oneday when i was twenty and my life, the center of my life completely changed like it didn't happen in a moment. Itdidn't happen all of a sudden. It happened over time and with a processin classens one seven, which will see in a second paul uses. The word learned. It was a learning process. This word issimilar to disciple. It was a discipleship process. It was a. This ismy life. This is what i'm doing. This is a process i'm following i'm learningi'm living it out, i'm experiencing it, and that was certainly what happened tome. But there was a moment that was verysignificant. I walked into the dining hall one day, as i sometimes did everymorning to have breakfast and there was some times on the mornings. Ourfootball coaches would sit at this one table near the here. The entrance tothe dining hall and i walked in one morning and my football coaches weresitting there at the table and i knew in my heart like somethingwas wrong, and i knew in that moment that myfootball career and my baseball career was over, and so my football coaches, they see meand they're like hey, kevin, it's good to see you yeah. Where, where are you sleeping? I had never missed a football game, afootball practice of football, anything my entire life. If you ever played sports, you knowthat sometimes the coaches give the speech like. If you don't want to behere, then don't be here. You ever heard that speech before that never applied to me. I thoughtthat was the craziest speech in the entire world who in the world doesn'twant to be here. This is what life is all about. This is what you wake up,for. This is where it's at this is come on, like this is crazy, but in that moment i knew that thatspeech applied to me, and so everything was changing for me and iknew in my mind, okay, that jesus was enough. I was a believer. I believed injesus when i was eight years old, but i knew in my mind that jesus was enough.I knew the gospel. I knew that he'd love me, even though ididn't put him first all the time. I knew that he had forgiven me for all mysin and my continued sin, and i knew that god had a plan and apurpose for me that was surely to be a football andbaseball star. But apparently that was my plan and it wasn't his see. I knew iknew the gospel i knew it, but in this...

...moment i was given the opportunity towalk into it to live it out, to open the door of faith and walk through itand say god. This is different. I'm coming through.I believe you, i know it i'm living it. Are you going to meet me on the otherside? Are you going to be everything that ibelieve to be true about you, i'm gonna. I got to trust you. I got to walk intoit. I got us experience it and guess what he did. He met me on the other side of that andhe will meet you on the other side of that as well see, i believe then, and i believe thatmy identity was in christ alone, like i wasn't lost, trying to figure out whati was supposed to be doing. I knew what i was supposed to be doing. I knew hehad a plan and a purpose for me. I knew he had given me a new heart, a newfamily, to be a part of. I had a new mission to live for, and it was allabout jesus, and i was so thankful for that and the gospel changed my lifewhen i was twenty years old- and i thank god for that- and i want tonow invite you to thank god with me by singing a song. That is all aboutthanking god, and i want you to think about how you are thankful for how godhow the gospel has changed your life, so you might want to stand for this one, an a man hey, you can have a seat. Ithank god for how he changes lives, how he changed my life. That's a good one! Thank you, and it's so important tocelebrate that to remember that, because the facts of the gospel being the thing,the news that changes, your life, it gets attacked all of the time. There are so many other things thatcreep in to our mind and into our hearts. They come into our churches.They come into all the places and they say all the other things and it's exactly what was happening atthis church in colossi. As paul is writing this letter, a patris isnoticing these other things that are coming into the church, and so he comesto paul who was in prison and he's telling paul about all this stuff andpaul's. Like okay, i'm going to answer you, i'm gonna share some stuff, i'mgoing to defend the gospel. There's everything that's pushingagainst us or sin nature, all these other kinds of teachings. They all comeagainst it and so paul defends the gospel, and he says number one that itbears fruit. The gospel works like it...

...is changing lives, it's changed, mylife, it changed your life, it's changed, allison's life, it's changinglives, it works. It works for everyone facing loss and pain. It works foreveryone who is hurt for everyone. That's feeling disappointed those thatare dealing with frustration and hatred or bitterness. It works the gospelworks, it bears fruits, it produces something new, something different, and the other thing paul says is thatit is a universal message. It works everywhere. So it's the same message, no matterwhere you are in this world where paul's like. I could tell you a storyafter story of this person in this place. Who speaks this language? Whoused to believe this thing that the gospel works for them too, and i couldtell you i could tell you about an old lady who was probably in her late s. Iwas standing on her doorstep on a missing strip to utah. Back years ago-and i was sharing the gospel with her doing this door to door thing, and shetold me that she had never heard what i was telling her before the gospel works for her too. That'ssomeone in our own country who grew up in our country that had never heard thegospel before. I could tell you about a church in guatemala, where there aresome strong believers that love each other, that love, god, that just aprecious church that's reaching out to their friends and community thatthey're dealing with all different kinds of things and their trust in god, for their dailybread, like literally like not knowing where their next meal was going to comefrom and believing that god was going to provide to show up in that moment. But what paul i think is doing here andi think it's important for us as we interpret the bible as we understandscripture, as we think about what god is teaching us and what is true is the,and i try and do this in my messages is: can what you say can what you believecan what the bible say can what the gospel mean? Can it be applied in everysituation for every person in every place and if it can't for some reason, thenthat's probably not the gospel? Now, of course, there are specific things thatare specific to believers in lancaster pennsylvania, then in a movie theaterright. There are specific things that are for true about me and true aboutyou that are just for us here, but the essence. The core of the gospel is truefor anyone everywhere, no matter what- and there are sometimes things thatpeople throw into the gospel that isn't true or can't be true about everyoneand in every place and in which case, that's probably not the gospel in the third way that paul defends thetruth of the gospel. The fact that it's...

...changing lives is that paul was tellingthis church and colossi that they have a trusted source. That is telling themthis good news, and this message his name was a patris he's the he's thetrusted guy. You know the paris comes and he's like. All these things arehappening in my church and we'll get to those things as we continue through.The book of colossians will see some of the specific challenges that we'refacing the church, and let me just tell you they don't relate it all to ourculture today. So i don't know why we're ever going to talk about him, i'mjust that sarcastic, i'm kidding so there's things that are happeningright and so a papist comes, and he goes to paul, and he and paul sendsthis letter back and he's saying a paris is with you. Okay, patris is theguy like you need to listen to him. He knows what he's talking about and inour world today you can find any flavor of the gospel.You want right. You go on youtube. You can find anything you want to watch.You go on a christian blog or this or that or the other thing, and you canfind anything that you want to find, and i just challenge you: what is yoursource? Where does it come from? It's helpful to know what you're looking at,who influence them? Where does their ideas come from and if they just madeit up, you know, then i don't know you know it's good to knowwhere it comes from and to always check what you're learning what you'rehearing check. My messages fact check me. You know against the bible becausewe want to know the truth and it's good to know where it came from, and so paul talks a little bit aboutthis messenger and he tells him a couple things. Hesays that a patris he's a beloved coat worker. He is christ's faithful servant andhe's helping us he's helpful and paul said that about a patris andi'd. Wonder. Would paul say that about you? Are you a beloved co worker in thegospel? Are you christ, faithful servant? Are you helpful to the gospel see? God wants to use you to connectpeople to god's next step for their life. He does, and you know, there's other things inour life that takes center stage that take priority and it's not like you'rejust going to wake up one day and be like. Oh look, i'm completely changedright. I shared that with me earlier right, theres go from sports to moreabout jesus right, like you knows, don't that doesn't happen overnight,and it won't necessarily happen overnight with you either. You know.Maybe your ex husband in that illustration that we use with allisonearlier is at the center of your life, and we want it not to be that way. Lifeis better when it's not that way. Jesus needs to be at the center of your life,and that is a processs to get there. It...

...is a step by step moment by momentthing day by day thing, and that is why the gospel is for believers. It is forthose who have put their faith in jesus for years ago. We need the gospel todaybecause, if we're honest, we're not all believers fully. All of the time like there's certain things in my lifethere's certain areas of my life that it is a little hard to trust god's word,and we don't really believe that what he accomplished for us was truly enoughto deal with our past or with what we're doing right now or the thingsthat we know. That eventually will happen in the future like we just don'tbelieve it. We might know it, but we don't believe his word and wedon't believe his word is true. We don't believe that his work issufficient. So that's why we've got to preach the gospel to ourself everysingle day. Keep telling us this reminding ourselves of this, andeventually this truth will overflow from our life into our relationshipswith other people and eventually it'll just become who weare and it's what we're talking about is what we're doing so. It's incrediblygood news that will change your life. The gospel is good news that willchange your life. We are a new creation in christ. We are no longer a sinner,but we are a saint. We are no longer bad, but we are good and even righteousand holy, not because of anything you've done,but because of i heard one person jesus, that's right, yes, so, but for others of us we know thesethings. We know that this news will change your life. We know it, but we don't really believe it, becauseif we did, our life would look a lot different, and so i challenge you tobelieve the gospel right here today, and i want to invite you that if youare believing the gospel today like right now in this moment you arebelieving the gospel. I want to invite you to stand up as a way to just tellgod that that's what you're believing and then i want to pray for you. So iinvite you to do that and let's pray god. I thank you for how the good news of the gospelchanges people's lives for everyone standing here today. Ipray that you would strengthen their faith in the gospel that, when we think of failure- andcertainly there is more than enough ammunition that the enemy has to callus failures-...

...that we would see ourselves believeourselves to be saints because of you jesus that we might mess up and sin, but you call us, faithful, god and lord. I just pray that if we see ourselves as bad for the things that we've done in ourlife, the things that we aren't proud of the things that we wish, we couldhide that, because of you, jesus that wewould see ourselves as forgiven right now, right in this place that we would believe that you havepaid the penalty for that. It's gone, it's no more you've paid it for the sin.We have right now an the sin that will come in in the future. We believe that- and i pray that, as we close our time togethertoday- that this wouldn't necessarily just be good, helpful motivational,good sounding positive words, but that we would know the answer towhy they're true, why? God help us to get a deeper morepersonal. More intimate life changing experience of the gospel. I ask this in jesus thing, a man.

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