At New Life, we want to make disciples who make disciples. I get excited about that statement and I think everyone at NL is on board. The problem however is how do we accomplish this goal? That question can be difficult to answer. I want to bring some clarity to the Biblical role of discipleship. It is essential to understand that discipleship begins at baptism and never ends. Hopefully this post will help answer questions and provide practical examples. Discipleship is the continual pursuit of bringing every aspect of life under His lordship. Here is a good definition I want to introduce that is based on the example of Jesus throughout the gospels:
O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
This Sunday we will begin the last chapter of 2 Thessalonians. Our specific text is 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5. It appears that the driving point of this last section is to remember the faithfulness of God. A faithful exposition of the first five verses will properly characterize Paul’s argument with these words: God is faithful- be faithful.
Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor.
If you have spent any time around New Life, you will recall the statement “I want to get into God’s Word, until God’s Word gets into me.” A major emphasis at New Life this past year has been to encourage our faith community to engage the content in the Bible on a regular basis. If you have started this discipline you recognize the frustration of regularly starting and stopping the process.
The Old Testament is full of prophets who carried the banner for justice. Habakkuk was a prophet to Judah prior to the Babylonian exile. His prophecy came around 600 B.C. and much of his prophecy is filled with questions. These questions where stirred up in his mind because the evil that surrounded him in a culture that had turned from God. Notice his lament in the first few verses…
This past Sunday we spent time looking at a model church in the book of 2 Thessalonians. As you reflect on 2 Thessalonians 1:1-5 it is obvious that this church had a mature faith that produced authentic love for one another and tenacious hope in Christ. The idea of hope is not specific to the Thessalonians, it is the heart of the gospel and it is present in every scripture passage found in the Bible.
This Sunday we begin a study in the book of 2 Thessalonians. You will quickly discover that Paul intends to bring encouragement to a church experiencing confusion, disillusionment, and discouragement. The reason they had such heavy hearts is because they believed that they had missed the second coming of Christ. As a result Paul responds with instructions about Judgment Day: the day of transition between redemption and restoration.
This Sunday New Life will begin Phase 1 of our re-entry process. The church will offer a worship gathering at 9am and 11am. The space in the sanctuary will be limited to 25. We will also provide additional space in the fellowship hall for overflow. During this phase we will not staff the nursery with volunteers but the space is available for parents to tend the needs of their children. Here are some things that we encourage you to remember as we go through this phase:
Please note each person will need to evaluate their own health and feelings about their return to congregational gatherings. Your presence in the assembly is your own and final decision to be respected. If you feel you should remain at home there is no reason to feel that you will be judged having a lack of faith or commitment.
Hey guys, I have two important announcements concerning re-entry at New Life!
The elders have set May 24th as the official day to re-enter at New Life.
We will offer a 9am and 11am service with no more than 25 participants in the sanctuary and 20 participants in the fellowship hall as an overflow room. The fellowship hall will have lifestream available.
Please follow the 10 day prayer guide as we prepare to celebrate Christ together on May 24th.
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