by Pastor Jeff Gipe

Jesus, the Life Changer

“Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.’” Mark 1:14-15

“Jesus came preaching the gospel.” Why? Because the gospel of Jesus changes lives. When Jesus began His ministry He preached to anyone and everyone willing to hear, and to many who didn’t want to hear. The word “gospel” simply means “good news”. The gospel is the good news that the kingdom of God has come, that God is with us and that He cares for us. The good news is that He can heal us from both physical and spiritual sickness. The good news is that there is no sin problem too great or too small for Him to handle.

The Loveless Church

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7

Each of the seven letters to the churches in Revelation ends with an amazing exhortation. The words of the Spirit are the very words of our loving Savior. All seven letters were to be read to the churches, and all those who heard and heeded His words are told they would overcome. But what would they overcome? We usually think this is referring to overcoming sin, but here Jesus seems to be talking about overcoming a lack of love for God. The first letter is to the church of Ephesus and their main problem was that they had left their first love.