A Message From Pastor Thomas

New Beginnings

January 2021
“ 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 At the beginning of every year we have the chance to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going. A new year is a new beginning. A chance to build upon strengths and change course where necessary. This year I invite us to reflect on the new beginning right in front of us. We’re all excited to turn the calendar to 2021 but just changing the calendar won’t solve the challenges in front of us. In fact, just “trying harder” or “being better” may not be the secret to a successful 2021 either.

Being a disciple of Christ is more than just “digger deeper.” In the passage above, Paul points to the reality of a complete transformation of each individual. “You” are a new creation. That leads us to two points: 1. In Christ, we are a new creation because God “reconciled us to himself.” In other words, it all starts with God. We must fix our eyes on God first. Reconciliation, salvation, and redemption all begin with God’s action on our behalf. 2. We have the responsibility of the “ministry of reconciliation”. God brought salvation into our lives so that we can be in relationship with him and we can be ministers of reconciliation—helping others find God. 2021 will undoubtedly have its own share of problems. But if we focus on being a new creation in Christ by keeping our eyes fixed on God and work towards the ministry of reconciliation we can thrive in this new beginning through the power of the Holy Spirit.