It is "...the message God sent... telling the Good News of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all." (Acts 10.36) "Go into all the world and preach the good news..." (Mark 16.15) The Bible tells the story of man's journey away from God, and God's answer to bring us back into relationship with Him, culminating in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In fact, the word "gospel" means "Good News". The first people to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ were his disciples, and from their testimony sprang the early church.
The disciples were called “Christians” first at Antioch.
A Christian is one who has put his trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and has turned from willful sin, (Rom. 10:9-10), recognizing that Jesus is the “Son” of the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three yet one. A Christian believes that Jesus came to redeem mankind from sin and death through the shedding of His own sinless blood on the cross at Calvary, that He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and gave His life for us willingly on the cross. He was dead and buried, was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, exalted and glorified. He continually intercedes for us and will come again for all those who have put their trust in him.God reveals all this in His word,the Holy Bible, written by God Himself through man.
By Jim & Sue Raines
One evening in 1988, I was praying. I had made a promise to myself that I would not stop praying until I had an answer. I desperately wanted God to give me some way to spread the gospel and support my family of six modestly. After about 3 hours had passed, it felt like I was all alone in my living room. My prayers just bounced off the ceiling. But I was determined to pray until I had an answer. A lot had happened the last few years. We lived in the Houston area and we had had three small car lots, a big house in Nassau Bay and my sons were in private schools. Now we were in a house rent free in Spring that a friend of ours couldn’t sell. But I was much richer now, because I had met the creator of the universe. I had been born again and He had changed my whole life. This evening though, He was not speaking. I didn’t understand then that you can serve God through any job or position. After another hour I heard in my spirit two words: Christian Newspaper. I didn’t know what He meant. But you know, when you know, that you know, but you don’t know why. Well, I just knew it was God. The next day I called everybody I knew to see if they knew anything about a Christian newspaper. I couldn’t find anyone who knew anything . Two days later Sue and I went to the grocery store together. When we were leaving I felt that I should pick up this free paper by the exit. I asked God if He wanted me to read it. He said no, just put it in the car. On the way home He showed me all about the Christian paper He wanted me to do. He showed me the name and that it was to be full of true stories from people from all denominations. Through the paper He was going to promote unity between churches, encourage believers to really believe, save the lost and the paper would also show how good and faithful HE is. A couple of hours later I was in the bedroom praying. I still had no idea how to do a newspaper. I didn’t have any money, didn’t own a computer (at the time I didn’t even know that I needed one). All I had was a friendship with the One who knows everything. I went into the living room. Sue was reading the newspaper that I had picked up at the store. Sue said, “Jim look, the owner of this paper is looking for someone to learn typesetting and do ad sales for his paper. Maybe you could go to work for him and learn how to start your own paper.” Looking back I should have been rejoicing but I wasn’t. I wanted to work in ministry now. Not a year from now after working at a secular job saving my money and learning how to do what He was calling me to do. But what Sue said made sense. The next morning I called the paper and set up an appointment for the next day. The paper’s office was in Humble, and I can’t tell you how long the trip seemed to me. It was the last thing I wanted to do . I wanted God to call me to be a pastor, work with the homeless, or be a missionary. But to work in a secular job for a year or more, seemed awful to me. I really am a spoiled child of the king. When I got to their business, the owner took me to his office. His first question after looking at my resume was to ask me why I wanted the job. I didn’t know what he believed but I decided to be painfully honest. I said,”God told me to do a Christian Newspaper and so I want to work for you until I learn how, and then I am going to start the Christian newspaper He told me to start.” His mouth fell open. I was expecting anything, from laughter to treating me like I was a nut case that had escaped from the loony bin. Instead it was worse. He called his wife in and said, “Tell her what you just told me.” Well I figured I had gone this far... so I said, “God told me to start a Christian newspaper and I want this job so I can learn how to do a paper and then I can obey Him.” Well, her reaction was not what I expected. She turned to her husband and said, “You told him.” He said, “I didn’t tell him anything.” Well, come to find out they were both Christians and God had told him only two days earlier that He wanted them to help start a Christian newspaper. They had said yes to God, but told God He would have to send someone. So that’s how Good News began. I worked with them for the next two months. We put out the first issue of Good News about six weeks after our first meeting. That was 26 years ago. Praise God!!!