Weekly "Call To Worship" Encouragement
Good news! It’s something you just can’t wait to share. Like the song says, “go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere!”
Luke 2: 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
I’ve been studying the book of Acts with my friend who lives in Shanghai for part of the year. And, in so many ways Acts is the story of those who first shared the good news. They were telling it! Everywhere and to everyone.
Recently my friend and I read this from Acts chapter 10:
34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
39 “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
Did you hear that? The good news of Jesus Christ is for everyone! Go tell it!
The book of Acts and Acts chapter 10 is the story of everyone. Everyone needs good news. It took a strange vision to convince Peter. What Lord? The Gentiles? Tell them? Eat dinner with them? They could be having pork chops and apple sauce for dinner!
Peter got the message. He shared the good news. Church be encouraged this morning. The good news is for everyone, go tell it!