“If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The old things have gone; everything is made new!” 2 Cor 5:17 NCV
I am so excited to announce to you today a key message we will be talking about many times in the coming years in The Wesleyan Church. Our vision states that we are “transforming lives, churches, and communities through the hope and holiness of Jesus Christ.” That unique vision might be summed up in just two words: made new!
Because of the transforming power of Jesus Christ our lives can be made new, our churches can be made new, and our communities can be made new. And this transformation is one that brings hope to the hopeless and a restored life of holiness. I am praising God today for a new logo, a new key message, but most of all, for a new life. Because you and I belong to Christ; we are new creations!
Our lives are made new in Christ!
Scripture says that when you come to Christ you “put off your old self . . . to be made new in the attitude of your minds” (Eph 4:22-23 NIV) . . . you are being made new and are becoming like the One who made you.” (Col 3:10 NCV). But the change in your life is not over—salvation is, as John Wesley said, “from the first dawning of grace in the soul till it is consummated in glory.” Our physical bodies grow weaker, but our inner life is “made new day by day” because of the Spirit that is now alive in us! (2 Cor. 4:16 BBE).
The made new act of God is not limited to us as individuals of course, it flows from the spirit-filled believer’s life to the Church and the community around them.
Jesus’ mission is not small—it encompasses all things: “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” - Rev 21:5 NIV
I have been excited to see what God has been up to in The Wesleyan Church, throughout our history and in recent years of growth and refocus. But that excitement pales in comparison to the joy I have in seeing the wonderful missional future of our work, as God continues in transforming our lives, churches, and communities through the hope and holiness of Jesus Christ!
May we all be made new in Him!