Diving Board or Pool?

Noley Billick
Good News! Who doesn’t like receiving Good News? Think back to a time where delivering or receiving good news was super impactful in your life.

When my son was born I can remember how much agony my wife was going through during labor. She had some complications, where the umbilical cord had wrapped around his neck and the doctor thought she would have to perform a c-section on my wife to get my son out. I can remember the never-ending anticipation for our family in the waiting room because we knew there were complications.  And all we could do was just sit there knowing we couldn’t do anything. All we could do was wait for the news. 

Long story short--the doctor was able to get him out okay, and thankfully he was completely healthy, but I’ll never forget going into the waiting room and delivering the Good News that he was perfectly healthy. Just seeing the happiness on everyone’s face as I delivered that news to them was awesome!  No words can describe the relief, the love, the joy that was evident in that room; all from receiving Good News. 

God planned for the person and life of Jesus Christ to be that type of Good News for us. Jesus serves as Good News because He came to this world Fully Man and Fully God to offer Himself up as the perfect sacrifice for our sin.  He did this knowing the cost. I love the way Paul explains this:

“For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” -2 Corinthians 5:21

As believers what does this mean for us?  
Unfortunately, many of us have lost the awe associated with the truth of the Gospel.  We may question our involvement and think, “I am already saved, and have accepted this Good News... so, what’s next for me?”

Here is the truth.  Good News of the Gospel doesn’t just stop when we are saved.  It should continually be our focus as believers so our minds and actions are constantly being renewed and refined.

BUT…
-How does this happen?
-What can we do?
-How can this truth play out in our everyday lives?

I think there are four areas we can focus on to really strengthen our resolve and help us grow in the Gospel as believers:

  1. GOSPEL POWER
  2. GOSPEL IDENTITY
  3. GOSPEL PURPOSE
  4. GOSPEL PRACTICE

Each one of these points deserve to be discussed and unpacked at greater length and will be a focus topic in the weeks to come.  But in conclusion today, I want to leave you with one of my favorite quotes to meditate and think about...

“The Gospel isn’t just the diving board in which we jump into christianity, but the pool we are jumping into.” -JD Greear
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