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The Gospel Truth - Pt. II (35 of 40)
Series: Living Under Kingdom Authority
1 Corinthians 15:1-4
As you're turning to 1 Corinthians 15, let me ask you a question: is ''no news really good news?'' I was recently visiting with one of our members who had recently had some tests run and was waiting to hear back from the doctor's office with the results. That period from when the test is given, to the time the results are given can be a stressful time.
So when I saw him I asked him, ''Have you got your tests results back?'' He said, ''No. Not yet. But no news is good news.'' So, is no news really good news? Friend, ''no news is really no news, not good news!'' How can it be ''good news'' if it's ''no news?''
I'm afraid that the average church today stands guilty of telling ''no news,'' rather than ''good news.'' That's why we have nearly 1000 Southern Baptist churches closing their doors every year! We Southern Baptist like to brag about our 46,000 churches and missions across North America, but we don't like to talk about the 14,836 of them reported that they didn't baptize a single person last year. That is 32% of all Southern Baptist churches.
I received in the mail recently from a Real Estate company here in Georgia that features religious real estate. In plain English: they sell the property of churches that have shut their doors or relocated. They had 25 listings. Picture after picture of church buildings that are no longer open for business!
Somebody believed the lie that telling, ''no news is good news.'' No news is no news, not good news!
God has not called us to share a ''no news'' gospel; He has called us to share a ''good news'' gospel! And it's time we get back to telling it, sharing it, announcing it, communicating it, teaching it, preaching it, texting it and singing it!
The gospel truth that is in our heads and hearts is also in our hands, and what we do with it will ultimately determine our future as a fellowship a ...
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