NEW Mission

NEW Mission

What do we typically do when something new and exciting enters our lives? A new insight, new gift, new show, new relationship? We share it with others. Why? Because we can’t help it! The joy we’ve experienced can’t be contained and, as a result, spills over into everything we do.

A common response from people affected by Jesus was that they couldn’t help but share the news with others. Early on in Jesus’ ministry, he advised a few individuals to keep what he had done on the down low (for a variety of reasons). They couldn’t resist. They returned to their towns and spread the word at once. In John 1, Jesus calls Andrew to follow him. In verse 41 we read, “The first thing Andrew did then was to find his brother Simon. He said, `We have found the Messiah!'”

If Jesus changes everything, for the good, how can we keep it to ourselves? How can we contain what he’s done in us to a little box labeled ‘Sundays?’ We can’t! We have a mission that’s waiting to be accepted.

NEW Command

NEW Command

Surrounded by his closest friends, Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another (John 13:34-35).”

If we are called to love one another as Jesus loved us, what would that look like? Jesus didn’t keep a safe distance; he dove right into the lives of others. He came all the way to us, put on flesh, and made his dwelling among us. He laid his life down for his friends. How do we follow his example and live out his new command?

NEW Awareness

NEW Awareness

In 2 Kings 6, the prophet Elisha was working as a double agent for the king of Aram and the king of Israel. When the king of Aram caught wind of this, he was enraged. He ordered an all-out blitz in Elisha’s direction. When Elisha’s servant saw that they were surrounded, he was ready to throw in the towel and raise the white flag. Elisha responded by assuring his servant, “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then he prayed this prayer, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.”

The rest of this story is pretty remarkable. We see that even when evil and darkness surround us, the awareness of God’s power and presence can change our perspective. When we are given a new awareness of the God who will never leave us or forsake us, we are able to see our highest highs and our lowest lows in a new light.

NEW Drive

NEW Drive

The Apostle Paul was a driven and passionate individual. In his mind, this was his world and everyone else was just living in it. Then he met Jesus (insert record scratch). Paul would eventually write these words in Philippians 3, “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him.”

Paul was given a new drive, accompanied by new appetites and priorities. God still used his passionate personality, gifts, and abilities to accomplish great things. He just sent him on a new trajectory to promote a new world, the kingdom of God, and a new message, the good news of Jesus.

NEW Attire

NEW Attire

Throughout his letters, the Apostle Paul encourages new believers to “put on” and “clothe themselves” with a new attire. I don’t know about you, but I hate shopping for new clothes. Finding the right thing for the right price is exhausting. The good news is, the new attire that Paul writes about has already been picked out and paid for. It is just the style and feel that you’ve been looking for! You’re going to look great!

That being said, with the addition of new items to your wardrobe, some old items will have to go. That’s okay. They’re worn out, ill-fitting, and out of style. You and I don’t need them anyway.

NEW You

NEW You

When the prominent Pharisee, Nicodemus, secretly approached Jesus at night; he wanted to ask about his teachings and kick the tires of Jesus’ message. Jesus cut to the chase, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” Nicodemus responded with, “Huh?” That’s the paraphrased version of Nicodemus’ response. What did Jesus mean by this?

In this message, we will look at the meaning and implications of the new birth and new life that Jesus came to bring. Jesus didn’t come to make a few, minor tweaks in an attempt to make us better people. Jesus Changes Everything!