Hi John, in our counseling we often find ourselves in the situation where we end uptelling the person, “I can give you good advice or I can give you Good News. The good advice is only temporarily good, like a band-aid. The problem is that your situation requires more than a simple band-aid. You see, good advice is just that good advice. But it has no power to help. It sounds good, but your problem goes deeper, You need good news.”
Then, when he asks about the good news and the power that comes with it, we explain about Jesus, the cross, the resurrection and power to live lives that please God. We are careful to present it in such a way that he does not think Jesus is just another idol, created to give him what he wants. He needs to recognize that the reason he is in the mess he is in is because the wrong god is sitting on his throne and fixing that, requires Good News.