the life and ministry of Jesus. It is a fascinating journey, full of different characters. If you have missed any of the services, remember you can listen to the sermons online.
I wonder how I would react if someone told me the story of Jesus today – if the events of 2000 years ago happened instead in the past month in England and I was hearing it all for the first time. Would I be curious, cynical, too busy to even
care? What is it about the story of Jesus that is so compelling? The answer to this question will be different for each of us. For me, the way Jesus engaged with people was new and refreshing. He often challenged their behaviour or tried to make them think in a new way. This was often tempered with gentleness and care. He reached out to those who were seen as “unclean” or marginalised.
All of these things would challenge me, but they would intrigue me too. I don’t know what my logical and slightly scientific view of the world would make of the miracles he performed or the seemingly random way he told stories. What I think I would be attracted to, would be the truth of what he was saying. Sometimes we read or hear something, and it resonates with us deep down. It speaks truth to us in a way that we can’t necessarily articulate. This is why music and poetry can be so powerful. They touch us in a profound way.
The Good News is the same. It touches us in a way that we can’t necessarily explain, but we know to be true. Most of us are not necessarily comfortable with chatting about our faith, especially not to complete strangers. However, the way we behave and the values that we live up to speak for us. When people are able to observe us, and then they hear about our faith, they can see a connection and that it is intriguing or inviting to them.
We are spreading the Good News in many different ways, through our website, Facebook and Twitter. Most importantly, we spread it by how we are in the world.
What does the Good News mean to you?