Epistle Article, February 16, 2014

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

In my last newsletter article I promised to share some ideas that I have borrowed from Dan Glover and Claudia Lavy in a presentation I attended at a Bishop’s retreat.  In their book Deepening Your Effectiveness: Restructuring the Local Church for Life Transformation, Glover and Lavy relate:

Darren had not been in church for thirty years. The discovery of throat cancer shook him to the core as he came face to face with his own mortality…. Allen was as far from the church as anyone could possibly be. He had been in both legal and financial trouble and was as emotionally low as he could get…. Alex and Brittany were a thirtysomething couple…searching for a new church home.

All of these people had three things in common…as a result, each decided to return (to church) the following week (116- 118).

These stories probably remind you of people you know, people who could easily fit neatly within St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  I know your curiosity is piqued about what are the three things these people have in common.  If you would like to learn how you could help someone become a new creation in Christ where old things pass away and everything becomes new, you will want to attend an exciting six week educational opportunity.  We will meet at 6pm on Sundays starting March 2.  I guarantee you will become a more committed disciple of Jesus.  Moreover, you will find ways to make disciples for Christ who will transform the world.  I know that you will want to be a part of this exciting new work of God among us.


See you in Church,