What is our Message?

In Genesis 12:1-4 God breaks into Abram’s life and calls him to a personal relationship with Him. He calls him to a new security and identity that God will give Him. God promises to bless him and he will be a blessing to the nations. God calls Abram to a life of eternal significance and purpose. This is the first part of our Message: He calls you to an eternal significance and purpose that can only be found In relationship to Him. The second part of our message can be found in 2Timonthy 1:8-10. St. Paul says “He saves us.” To save us implies that we need to be rescued. Also, it implies that I can’t save myself. The word for save is to rescue, to deliver, to make whole. The second part of the message is that I need a savior and that I can’t do this myself. The third part of the message is found in the same passage: there is the appearance of the Savior. God’s plan, always from eternity, is now revealed in Jesus. God came in the person of his Son. God takes the initiative. He comes to save us from sin by being the paschal lamb of sacrifice. In other words, in matters of love God comes himself. The fourth part of our message is in the transfiguration (Mt. 17:1-10). Jesus is revealed as the eternal Son of God and is called the “beloved Son in whom the Father is well pleased.” This in part refers to his passion, death and resurrection. He is the suffering servant of Israel. The exhortation is to “listen” to him. They need to make a response to Him. This is a response of faith commitment to him as their Lord and Savior and they as disciples whose life is shaped entirely by his word. This is the fourth part of the message. We need to respond to Him. We cannot simply be neutral to him. The response is accepting the biblical diagnosis that because of my sin – I need a Savior.