s the juice was passed from one person to the next during our New Year’s Day Communion Service yesterday, we were to say, “He makes all things new!” It was really neat to hear the whispers of this throughout the church as one after the other, we said this.
Before communion our pastor related how we just don’t fit in this “oldness” and we are looking for new – the new world, the new heavens . . . and it’s probably one reason we have the need for new things – new phone, new clothes, new home, etc., but it never really fills the void. Our newness did not begin at midnight. It began when Jesus came into our lives, to make us new in Christ. My list below is somewhat our pastor’s sermon outline of the new things we have in our lives – new things I am thankful for:
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A NEW Dad ~ my Heavenly Father, my provider
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us
in that we should be called God’s children,
and that is what we are! Because the world didn’t recognize him, it doesn’t recognize us.”
I John 3:1 (CEB)
A NEW Heredity
A NEW Spirit
A NEW Inner Being
You show that you are Christ’s letter, delivered by us.
You weren’t written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God.
You weren’t written on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
2 Corinthians 3:3 (CEB)
A NEW Identity
A NEW Standing
A NEW loved child
(we are NOT God’s step-children!)
A NEW Family
“This commandment we have from him:
Those who claim to love God
ought to love their brother and sister also.”
I John 4:21 (CEB)
A NEW Ability
we can be and do what God designed us to be and do
A NEW Destiny
We know this because God knew them in advance,
and he decided in advance that
they would be conformed to the image of his Son.
That way his Son would be the first of many brothers and sisters.
Romans 8:29 (CEB)
A NEW Destination
we are citizens of another home
a NEW Home which won’t need repairs,
or grow old, become in disarray, or become outdated
A NEW Purpose
We are all in the “ministry” and have a purpose
to glorify Him
A NEW Year
His NEW Mercies every morning
NEW memories to be made
NEW ways to serve Him and others
He makes all things NEW!!