BUT FIRST, THE BAD NEWS
Good news isn't good news unless there's bad news to which to apply it. The Good News we speak of applies to the human condition, which is hopelessly bent towards destructive selfishness—self-centeredness, self-absorption, self-promotion, self-preservation, self-sufficiency—the list goes on. We want what we want, we want it now, and we want it on our terms. But why?
We are born with a resistant and rebellious nature—a sinful nature—towards God, and if we’re honest, we know it and feel it. But God created us and desires to have relationship with us; to protect and provide, love and enjoy, and give us purpose and meaning that He already determined for us to live a fulfilling life. However, because of our sinful nature, we reject God and have broken relationship with Him, and willfully rely and trust only on ourselves to get our wants and needs met, and to find some meaning and purpose apart from Him.
So, what's the bad news? We are separated from God and believe we can live without Him, but really we are on a path to destruction. As our efforts and ideas fail to fulfill, we end up in damaged or abusive relationships, unhealthy dependencies or addictions, physical, mental, or emotional pain and dysfunction, or even just simply feeling alone, empty, and unhappy. That's a bad situation to be in.
So how can we fix this?