2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
As 2020 winds to a close (Good riddance!), and the hope of a New Year awaits, I thought we’d talk about what is “new” on the horizon!
Traditionally, the church has offered a New Members Class at the beginning of the year. A new class for the new year for new members! Who am I to argue? My focus is less “all things Presbyterian” in this instruction, and more, “What does the bible specifically call members to do?” It is five weeks long, with hour long sessions on Saturday starting at 10am. January 23 will be our first get together. The five topics will come from Rev. Dr. Joel Beeke’s, “A Faithful Church Member.” Ask me after church and I’ll get you a copy – it is a super fast read! We’ll touch on receiving Christ’s word, our union with Christ’s person, being connected to Christ’s people, serving others in Christ, and growing into Christ’s image. Refreshments will be provided. Please inform me if anyone would need childcare. So, if Christ Alone looks like the place you’d like to put down spiritual roots, we would love to see you there!
Next, I’m putting together a study on Ezra and Nehemiah. While it will be loosely based on a book from Professor Gerard Bilkes, for those attending, we’ll stick with the text and read through a few chapters each week and then answer questions punctuated by lively discussion. These minor prophets showcase what it means for Israel (God’s people), to return from the exile in Babylon. At a time when many in the church are nominal Christians at best (exiled in and influenced by contemporary culture), this is a wonderful study on reacquainting ourselves with what it means to be redeemed by our Savior and finding our way home again. That will start on Wednesday evening, January 20th at 6pm.
Lastly, I’m beginning a new sermon series January 3rd on Judges this coming Communion Sunday. Having planned this out awhile ago, I found it amusing another Reformed church in the area had beat me to the punch! I think this book is a great look into how quickly the people of Israel fall into utter depravity after the loss of Joshua. It reflects not only on how important the need for godly leaders are in guiding and protecting His people, but also how seemingly small, innocuous choices of failing to do as the Lord commands can lead to monumental problems in the future. These are universal challenges the church faces even today. Certainly, the book functions as a clarion call to obedience and watchfulness! In times of obvious spiritual rebellion, humanity’s need for a Savior becomes crystal clear.
Good things come in threes; in each new offering, the riches we find in Christ are brought to the forefront. Through our commitment to His body, our immersion in His word, our submission to His commands, and our faith in who He is and what He has done for us, this is how we become a new creation. We’d love to see you be part of what the Almighty is doing at Christ Alone.
May 2021 bring us all astonishing spiritual growth, unconquerable faith, and boundless zeal to serve our risen Lord.
A blessed New Year to all,