A couple of months ago we announced that we would begin to run a series titled, “Good News, Bad News” on the social media site, Facebook. While making the announcement, we also encouraged our own members to like and share the posts (of course, only if they truly agreed with the post) on their own walls as the extra likes and shares help create additional traffic for our social media site and potential visitors to our website. (Of course, the church is not in the “business” of creating viral posts, however, by reaching a greater audience we give others a better opportunity to be exposed to the word of God.)
The purpose behind the series “Good News, Bad News” was to show that in the darkest moments humans will experience in this lifetime, there is a beacon of hope if one will turn to God. The purpose of the series was intended to highlight the fact that apart from God man is nothing, but with Him man has the opportunity to live life as God intended it to be lived. The purpose of the series was to emphasize that without God there is only bad news, but with God we can see the Good News while surrounded by bad news.
I am happy to report that the series “Good News, Bad News” has been received favorably. Everyone’s efforts in helping spread the Good News of Jesus Christ are appreciated. Lord willing, the plan is to continue with the series.
Below is a compilation of four of our postings on Facebook. These are shared with the intention that those who are not on Facebook may feel a part of the work and may be encouraged by them. Hopefully those who have seen these before can also benefit from them
Troubles of Life: the Bad News and the Good News
The Bad News: The reality is that from the cradle to the grave we will all experience troubles and difficulties.
The Good News: God cares! “…Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
The Tree of Life: the Bad News and the Good News
The Bad News: When Adam and Eve were disobedient to God as recorded in Genesis 3, one of the consequences of this sin was the prohibition to the tree of life. An omnidirectional flaming sword was set to guard it (Genesis 3:24).
The Good News: When you come to the last chapter of the last book of the Bible, we are told that access to the tree of life can be ours! “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city” (Revelation 22:14).
The Younger Son of Luke 15: the Bad News and the Good News
The Bad News: The parable that is often referred to as the parable of the “prodigal son” begins with the younger son demanding his portion of his inheritance from his father and journeying to a far country where he wastes his possessions with prodigal living (Luke 15:12, 13). So bleak does his future appear that “he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods which the swine ate” (15:16).
The Good News: The father was a father of compassion, mercy, and second opportunities. In Luke 15:20-24 we read of one of the most tender exchanges in all of Scripture. The good news of this parable is that just as the father of the younger son eagerly received his wayward son, so does our Father anticipate our turning away from sin and coming to His arms for a joyous reunion!
Confusion Surrounding the Bible: the Bad News and the Good News
The Bad News: Religious confusion exists. For example, if you were to ask about how someone is saved today, you will, without a doubt, receive many, varied answers to your question. Such confusion is disheartening and frustrating.
The Good News: It is possible to understand God’s will (Ephesians 5:17). God has revealed His mind in such a way that anyone can come to know it! The words of Ephesians 3:3-5 are truly good news: “how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets.”