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The message of Jesus has been changing lives for over 2000 years, and it's as powerful today as it was the first time it was spoken.

The news is chock-full of stories about war, new diseases, corruption in politics, and all other sorts of negativity. Good news is sadly rare at five o’clock on your local station, but it’s something we all hope to hear. Bad news wasn’t in short supply in the ancient world, either. In his letter to the Colossians, Paul had a lot of good news. It’s the same good news for us today…. 

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Key Points:

  • The “Good News” is the message that Jesus came to rescue us. Colossians 1:13
  • The Good News changes lives everywhere it goes. Colossians 1:6
  • The Good News changes the way believers see reality. Colossians 1:9-12
  • The Good News changes what is actually true about us. Colossians 1:12-14

Bible Text:

Colossians 1:12-14 He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

See Also: SalvationIdentity

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Do you follow the news? Why or why not?
  3. Read Colossians 1:13. In your own words, what is “the gospel”? When was the first time you really understood it?
  4. What do you think it means to live in the “kingdom of darkness” versus the “kingdom of light?” Is it just about being a good, moral person versus being a bad or immoral person? Explain.
  5. Share a story of someone’s life that was changed after hearing the good news of Jesus. How does your story compare?
  6. Read Colossians 1:9-12. How has the message of Jesus changed your perspective on life? Give an example.
  7. What does it mean that the message of Jesus changes what is actually true about us? How would you communicate that to someone who struggled with guilt or shame?
  8. Read John 3:3. Why do you think Jesus describes faith as a type of “rebirth?” What should all of us take away from this teaching of Jesus?
  9. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

This is part 1 of the Enough series. Click here for sermon resources.