24 Nov The good news
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” (Romans 10:14-15)
Countless Australians are searching for good news. Searching for an antidote for the constant barrage and broadcast of negativity in our national press and nightly news bulletins. Searching for purpose. Praying for hope of a brighter future for their families and friends. Contemplating how they can make a difference in the lives of others.
In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he tells us that the news of the Gospel is true and incredible. But he reminds us that this news has to be passed on and received before its power is released. If you don’t hear about the all-consuming and wondrous love of Jesus, how do you believe it?
The Salvation Army as a bible-believing movement has a sole focus on the word of God: “The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and that they only constitute the Divine rule of Christian faith and practice.”
This quote is the first Doctrine of The Salvation Army, and it has been placed at the start of a list of the 11 doctrines for very good reason. It is our statement of faith. It affirms our belief in the inspiration of scripture. It gives us the impetus for our lives and service to proclaim the message of the Gospel to the world.
God has commissioned millions of messengers of the Gospel in His Army to bring the good news to humanity. News that is not only believed and communicated, but lived. Followers of Jesus are nourished by the word of God. Not only must we live by the word of God, we must also share it – far and wide. Our Corps and centres must be places where the good news is heard, received and actioned.
This year’s session of Cadets are appropriately named the ‘Messengers of the Gospel’. What amazing opportunities will present themselves for their first act in ministry to live out their session name! They are an encouragement to all Salvos throughout Australia to live out our purpose as a movement.
As our newest Cadets are commissioned as Officers of The Salvation Army this weekend, it is a significant moment for them and the Army. They are the inaugural Officers commissioned under the banner of The Salvation Army Australia. It is significant as these world changers are pledging to bind themselves to God in a solemn covenant. A covenant that they promise to win souls, care for the poor and love the unlovable, all in the strength of their Lord and Saviour. It is also significant for our Army in Australia as we prepare to unite as one to spread the good news for greater impact. We pray the newest Officers of our movement influence countless lives through the Gospel in the years ahead. Let us also continue to pray for others who hear and respond to God’s call to serve as Officers in The Salvation Army.
The message of the Gospel is urgent. The message of the Gospel is important. The message of the Gospel is good. Let us go and share the message of the Gospel.