A New You
Updated: Dec 26, 2020
Many places offer ‘a new you:’ cosmetic surgery clinics, fitness centers, salons, and spas, etc. While valuable, these services are limited in the newness they provide. Jesus Christ offers a new you that transforms your entire world from the inside out. The Bible fully describes this renewal Christ offers and highlights the reason we named our congregation Renewal Church Loganville.
Profession of Our Faith
Consider how much Scripture describes God’s redeeming work in terms of newness and renewal. Christians are:
Renewed by the Spirit to be new creatures through faith alone in Jesus Christ, the mediator of the New Covenant, whose blood opens for us a new and living way into God’s holy presence
Empowered to walk in newness of life through the new way of the Spirit who renews their strength daily so that they can put off the old sinful self and through the renewing of their minds put on the new self in holiness and righteousness
United from diverse and possibly hostile backgrounds into a new people of peace who obey Christ’s new command to love one another, remove the ‘old leaven’ of sin from among themselves to become a ‘new batch’ of holy believers, and who equip each other and labor together with the Spirit for the renewal of all things under Jesus Christ the King
Awaiting, along with all creation, for the new creation begun in Christ to reach its fulfillment in the new heavens and new earth where we will sing a new song of praise to Christ for His triumph over sin and where we will dwell with the Triune God in perfect fellowship, worship, and service forever
In summary: in Christ, you are a new person, inspired by new promises, energized by new power, united to new people, and called to new purposes.
Admission of Our Need
As you see, the theme of newness runs deeply throughout Scripture and is our high-calling in Christ. Therefore, renewal is not only our glad profession of faith, it is also our deep admission of need even as those who believe in and follow Christ. The magnitude of our calling as Christ-followers and disciple-makers requires a strength greater than our own. We often lack the desire, discipline, and skill to pursue the hard-work of our own personal renewal let alone pursue kingdom renewal of our relationships, roles, community, society, and world. Sadly, the priorities, busyness, and structures within churches can actually inhibit the vital spiritual renewal we and the church claim to seek. Underlying all of these struggles is the very real spiritual battle in which we are engaged with our enemy who seeks to divert and destroy us through the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life (1 John 2:16). Rather than making us cower, the challenges to pursuing renewal should cause us to forsake our foolish self-reliance and depend on Christ’s grace for our daily renewal. Christ’s grace is sufficient for us and his power is made perfect in our weaknesses. If our weaknesses help us to admit our need of renewal and drive us to Christ, we are assured of his strength. The Lord declares, “they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31, ESV).
Purpose of Our Mission
Renewal is not only our profession of faith and admission of need; renewal is the purpose of our mission. Personal renewal is our daily calling and our life-long pursuit. While the glorious call to renewal is intensely personal, it is not private. Christ’s church must also pursue renewal lest it stagnate or decline. As members of Christ’s family, we are to unite with our fellow family members in building up the church until we all reach the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
While the glorious call to renewal is intensely personal, it is not private.
Further, sin’s effects are not only personal they are also social, cultural, economic, political, etc. This is why there is so much violence, poverty, disease and injustice. Christ’s glorious work of salvation is to bring renewal to all areas effected by sin. As citizens of Christ’s kingdom, guided by his word and empowered by his Spirit, we are to participate in the renewal of the world effected by sin.
‘The New You’ Jesus works within people is unlike anything this world offers. Christ’s renewing work makes you a new person, inspired by new promises, energized by new power, united to new people and called to serve new purposes.
Renewal Church of Loganville's motto is: Renewed by Christ to Renew with Christ and our passion is to pursue Christ's renewing grace. If you wish to learn more about our new church plant, please get in touch with us through the 'contact us' button at the bottom of the page.
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