From the Pastor’s Desk: January 25, 2015
started His public ministry immediately after John the Baptist was
arrested. Jesus begins His ministry
by proclaiming the Gospel, the Good News of God.
It is summed up in the words: “The
time has come and the Kingdom is close at hand.
Repent and believe in the Good
News.” On the surface, it seems to
be a very simple statement; where in fact, it is rich in meaning.
One can say that the whole of the
Gospel message is contained in those two sentences.
Repent…: Here we have the basic steps needed to become fully a “Kingdom person”. First, we need to repent - metanoia (metanoia) is the most common translation of the Greek verb of the word. ‘Repent’ for most people means being sorry for something done in the past. That is only partially correct, because metanoia looks much more to the future. Metanoia really means a radical change in one’s thinking and reaches to the meaning and purpose of life and how that life is to be lived. Jesus is calling here for a radical conversion and to take on His vision of life.