Scriptures: Matthew 4:17, Mark: 1:14-15
Jesus' ministry began with a message. He showed that the kingdom of God is near and God is not distant or removed. He desires that we turn from our sins: turn away from our self-centeredness and self-control. He wants us to believe that this good news, because His' words offered freedom, justice and hope.
Jesus ministered to people who were looking for something outside of themselves. He ministered to people who were spiritually oppressed by sin, poor people (both naturally and spiritually), and people without hope.
Jesus' message required action; He asked them to give first through repentance. He asked that they turn there lives over to Him and He asked for their commitment.
The message of Jesus is a timeless message. It was applicable when He walked on earth and is applicable now because: sin is still oppresive, financial struggles still exist and people will always need something to hope in.
To witness we must call people to action: tell them that God is near, not removed from their troubles. Tell them to turn away from things that are offensive to God and repent. Tell them the good news that salvation brings freedom, true justice is found in God's word and His spirit provides hope. People are looking for good news, share it.