Our 2017 Theme:
Submitted by Pastor Stewart
The American Heritage Dictionary defines New as “Of recent origin; having existed only a short time, lately made, produced or grown; not yet old; fresh, recent.
Recognized or experienced lately for the first time. Not secondhand. Although existing before, recently become known: Freshly introduced: unfamiliar; unaccustomed; newly entered into a state, position, or experience: “A New Convert” changed for the better; refreshed; rejuvenated. Different and distinct from what was before.
New is a broad, general term having reference to both time and condition. It is applied to that which is both new, and strikingly unusual.The most noticeable reality in the Christian walk is to become NEW. The Word of God encourages us to remember 2 Corinthians 5:17….. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.”
Our dynamic adjustment to the Holy Spirit causes us to understand and welcome a Supernatural Change of Nature. Our “New Nature” refers to the spiritually transformation that occurs within people when they believe in Christ as Savior. New does not mean renewed, renovated, reformed, or rehabilitated. It means completely and distinctly new with a new family, a new set of values, new motivations, and a whole new life. The old man is still present in the new life and expresses himself in sinful desires but we must practice dying daily to the self life.
Many in Christiandom have refused to become intimate with Christ because our profession does not match our walk, yet we must remember that God looks beyond our faults.There are many today in our lukewarm attitudes that may not look so well but, remember only God can see the heart. Again we also must remember to not let sin reign in our mortal bodies. (Romans 6). In order to become new joyfully, we should study to show ourselves approved unto God; we ought to study to know what we should believe, and for correction so we will know how to behave.
As we abide in Jesus Christ, we develop a constant awareness of His presence. This must be practiced. As we approach this New Year 2017, let’s rimindourselves, since Jesus lives in me (us), and we consciously learn to live in Jesus Christ, we can develop an awareness of His abiding presence. If I do and as I do, I will have strength, peace and comfort which would otherwise be impossible to experience. Then and only then, will I become (New) and more spiritually productive to the Glory of God.
I Remain Your Shepherd,
Pastor George O. Stewart