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Mid-Week Reflections

From Brother Rudy

New Beginnings

September 20, 2017

The Bible is full of stories about new beginnings.  Abram had a new beginning when he accepted God's call to leave Haran and go to a land God would show him.  Because he trusted God enough to go, he became Abraham, the father of the Hebrew nation. 

David had a new beginning when he repented of his sin with Bathsheba.  God forgave him and blessed his reign as King of Israel.  He became Israel's greatest King and a man after God's own heart. 

Through the Prophet Isaiah God reminds us that He is in the business of making things new:  "I am about to do a new thing: now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?"  (Isaiah 43:19a; NRSV)

Sunday we experienced such a new beginning and God certainly poured out His blessing.  There was a powerful presence of the Holy Spirit in each service.  It started in the Morning Prayer Walk.  There was excited anticipation as those Sunday Prayer Warriors gathered to begin the Prayer Walk. I could since the Holy Spirit moving.    As we finished the Prayer Walk, greeters were already arriving to take their place.  And as persons came into each service there was a spirit of excitement and anticipation for what God was going to do.  All together we had 454 in the four morning services.

Just changing times does not bring new people to the church.  We had 27 persons worship with us Sunday for the first time.  Of these 27, the majority were invited by someone.  It was another reminder that People Bring People to Jesus. 

I know several shared with me that they had invited persons to come or come back who were not here Sunday.  I understand that.  Do not loose heart.  We never know when a seed is planted.  Look for God moments where you can follow up. 

It is my prayer that we become an inviting congregation.  That had to be a key to the growth of the early church.  They didn't have media with which to invite persons to the Church.  The church grew because of personal witnessing and invitations.  And that is still the key to person experiencing a new beginning in Christ. 

That is the most important new beginning of all - a new beginning in Christ.  The One who makes all things new, came in Jesus to give each person a new beginning.  Jesus came to set us free from sin and give us hope for the future.  And the amazing thing is, Jesus wants to use us to help persons experience such a new beginning.  Some of us plant seeds, some cultivate, but it is God who transforms a life.                 

Your responses to these Reflections are always welcomed.  You can email me at rguess@tuscumbiaumc.org