Mon 23 Jan 2012
The Hunk and I are seeing God move in the lives of people around us—and we want to see much more.
Those of us on the team at David McCracken Ministries are seeing people saved, healed, set free, and receive breakthroughs when we minister—and we are reaching for even more.
Like us, you may desire to draw closer to God and see more of His power released to lead people to Jesus and transform lives.
Jesus Preached a ‘Now’ Message
When Jesus came on the scene He was not like anyone the people had seen or heard before. He had confidence, boldness and authority. He commanded people, demons and sicknesses to do something NOW. 
Jesus’ words brought transformation. Atmospheres changed, people responded, demons and sicknesses moved – instantly, at His command.
When Jesus taught, there was a ring of authority in His words. The people were amazed, ‘because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.’ (Mark 1:22)
- For years, they had listened the scribes and the teachers of the law as they reviewed God’s PAST instructions to Israel and taught the law of Moses.
- They were familiar with the prophets who spoke of the FUTURE coming of the Messiah.
Jesus, however, continually spoke words that impacted people’s lives in the PRESENT.
It was this dynamic, this immediacy, that set Jesus apart.
Not News as we Experience it Today
The Gospel is good news. 
When we think of ‘news’ we think of reporting. We sit down and watch reports on TV of what as been happening around the world, or we read headlines in the newspaper.
But that is not the kind of news that Jesus brings.
The Word of God is not merely a report of something that has happened.
When God speaks, something happens, something takes place, not only in the spiritual realm but also in the physical realm.
The God’s Word is alive, or as the writer to the Hebrews puts it, “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12).
Jesus said in John 6:63, ‘The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.’
When Jesus spoke concerning the kingdom of God, His messages resulted in repentance, healing, miracles, and deliverance. Everything He spoke and did was sourced in God’s love for people.
This impact and immediacy of approach did not stop with Jesus’ ministry. 
On the day of Pentecost, Peter began to speak in the same way under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:
- “Repent… be baptised (implied NOW, Acts 2:38)
- “The promise is for you” (v39)
- “Be saved! (v40)
There is both authority and immediacy in Peter’s words. And so it goes on throughout the book of Acts. (Acts 3:6-8, Acts 9:38, Acts 14:8-10)
A 3-Dimensional Gospel
The bottom line of the Gospel is simply, ‘There is salvation through Jesus Christ alone.’ (Acts 4:8)
But the broader message of the Gospel —the good news about Jesus—contains facets relating to past, present and future.
Each of these three is vital, and if we under-emphasize one, we lack balance and power.
For this reason, I believe the Holy Spirit is highlighting the ‘present’ aspect of the Gospel message to the church at this time.
Reviewing our Message
Following are some examples of past, present and future aspects relating to sharing the Gospel message.
Each is important.
I invite you to join me in making a prayerful and honest appraisal:
- What is my current emphasis on this aspect—in my own life and ministry, as well as in the context of sharing personally with others around me?
Pray and ask God for inspiration and courage to grow and speak out in the areas the Holy Spirit is highlighting to you.
1. Past (Looking back)
Valuing and sharing:
- The Bible’s account of Jesus’ life, ministry, death and resurrection (1 Cor 15:1-8)
- What Jesus accomplished on our behalf on the cross: forgiveness of our sins and restoration to God (Col 1:20)
- Our own testimony of what God has done in our lives in the past—our past salvation experience and other encounters with God (Acts 26)
2. Future (Looking forward)
Valuing and sharing:
- The ongoing expectation of hope for God’s grace in our lives, and that of others, in the days and years ahead (Psalm 23)
- The hope of our future eternity with God (Rev 21:1-5)
Valuing and sharing:
- Our current testimony of God’s goodness towards us (Phil 4:4)
- The Father’s intent right now for those we encounter in our everyday life and ministry (John 5:19)
- The Gospel message bearing fruit in people’s lives, including repentance, restoration, spiritual freedom and healing. (Luke 4:18)
This is not about focusing on where we are falling short, but on catching a vision for more of what God has for us.
The secret of the Gospel’s power is to share it like Jesus did.
Next week I will be considering the Year Of Jubilee—and how understanding its fulfillment in Jesus can help us understand the breadth of the gospel message.
 The first chapter of the Gospel of Mark particularly highlights this.
 ‘Gospel’ comes from the New Testament Greek word, euangelion, which is comprised of two words, ‘good message.’ The English word ‘Gospel’ comes from an old English direct translation of the Greek word, ‘God Spell,’ meaning good news. In the Bible, the word Gospel refers to the message of salvation through Jesus and it also refers to the four accounts of Jesus life by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
 Prophetic preaching and teaching is an example of this dynamic in action. For more information on this see my article, ‘What Is Prophetic Teaching?
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© Helen Calder 2011 Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church
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