Monday, July 24, 2017

Fake News

“Fake News” is defined as the intentional dissemination of false or misleading information.  This is not a new phenomenon and is as old as time. If the Gospel is the Good News, then what is some of the fake news being circulated?  Let’s be good journalists and ask the key questions any good cub reporter would.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures… 

Things to think about:
·      Who is Jesus Christ?
o   Fake news says He was a good person, a wise teacher, a prophet, but He is not God
o   The Gospel says in John chapter 1:1-3 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”
o   Who do you say He is? 
o   Who have you said earlier in your life?
·      Who am I?
o   Fake news says either “you’re a pretty good person” so just keep doing what your doing and don’t think about it too much, OR “you’re worthless” and how could God ever accept someone like you?
o   The Gospel says in Galatians 4:6-7 – “Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.”
o   Who do you say you are?
o   Have you always felt this way?

·      Why do we need Jesus?
o   Fake news says you don’t need Him! Just try to be a good person and it’ll all work out. Besides, you don’t want to be one of those religious, crazy, right-wing zealots who looks down their noses on other people.
o   The Gospel says in Romans 3:23 – “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life Christ Jesus our Lord.”
o   Why do you believe you do or don’t need Jesus?

·      What do I need to do to be a son of God?
o   Fake news says go to church, give some money, and try not to do any of the really bad sins (or at least don’t get caught).
o   The Gospel says in Romans 10:9 - If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 
o   What do you need to do to be a son or daughter of God?
·      What happens after this life is over?
o   Fake news says nothing happens that’s consequential.  You die and you turn into worm food.
o   The Gospel says in Matthew 25:46, “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
o   What do you believe happens when you take your last breath?
o   What if you’re wrong?
·      When do I need to make a decision?
o   Fake news says you don’t. See talking points for Who am I? Why do I need Jesus? What happens after this life is over?
o   The Gospel says in 2 Corinthians 6:2, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you. I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
o   What is keeping you from saying Yes today?

o   When will be the right time if not today?

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