January 2014- “Created to be New”

“I am a God’s new creation, because of the sacrifice Jesus made.”

What if this statement was our church family’s motto for 2014?
How might our church change, grow, and spread its wings?

What if this statement was your personal motto for 2014?
How would you be forever changed?
What struggles would you overcome?
How would your daily decisions- big and small- be impacted?

“I am a God’s new creation, because of the sacrifice Jesus made.”

The Apostle Paul explains to the church of Corinth in the Bible the urgency for newness- spiritual newness in everyday living. He teaches us in 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, what Jesus first taught us in Matthew 5-7, during His first sermon.

Paul explains in the book of 2nd Corinthians, chapter 5, beginning at verse 17:

17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

In the year 2014, will you hold tightly to the reality that God is making His appeal to the world through you, through your daily life?

We must be stubborn in holding ourselves up against Jesus’ example, and living out this gift of being a “new creation” that He has given us by giving His own life for our own!

“I am a God’s new creation, because of the sacrifice Jesus made.”

How different could 2014 be?
Only God knows; and so we commit ourselves to living as His new creation, throwing off the sins that entangle us, the struggles we cannot control.
We walk in trusting surrender to the Author of Perfect Love, Jesus Christ!

Just dream of how different 2014 could be as you live like Jesus’ New Creation, rather than your old self… I will be dreaming the same.