by Jeff Schreve

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Good News, Bad News (4 of 12)
Series: Living Ready, Vol. 1
Pastor Jeff Schreve
1 Thessalonians 2:13-16

Please take your Bible and turn to 1st Thessalonians chapter 2. We're in a series on 1st Thessalonians and 2nd Thessalonians. We're just marching through verse by verse. And today, we find ourselves in verse 13. We'll look at verses 13 through 16. And I've entitled this message, "Good News, Bad News."

One of my favorite all-time jokes is a good news-bad news joke where the doctor calls the patient on the phone at his house. The patient answers the phone. The doctor exchanged some pleasantries, and then the doctor says to him, "Hey, I've got to tell you something." The patient said, "What is it?" And he said, "Well, I have good news and bad news." He said, "Which do you want to hear first?" And the patient says, "Well, give me the good news. Give me the good news first." He says, "The good news, your test results show that you have 24 hours to live." He said, "My soul, that's the good news? What's the bad news?" He said, "I forgot to call you yesterday" (laughter). Good news, bad news.

Now, when Paul shared with the Thessalonians, he shared good news, and they responded to the good news, and it was good news for them and for their lives. And we use the word gospel. The Bible uses the word gospel. It's the Greek word evangelion, which means "good news." Any time you hear the word gospel, it means good news, good story, good message. But I want you to consider this question: Is the gospel good news to everyone? Is it good news to everyone? Well, that's kind of a yes and no. It is good news to everyone, but it depends on how you respond to the gospel. Now it's good news, but if you don't respond to it right, if you don't do with it what you're supposed to do, it's not really good news for you. First Corinthians 1:18 says this: "For the word of the Cross is to those who are perishing foolishness...." The word of the Cross is good news, but to those who are ...

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