Friday 07 May 2021
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
I love to hear people’s stories of how the Lord has saved and changed their lives. All of us who know Jesus Christ as our Saviour have a story to tell, because His love and power changes everyone who comes to Him, and opens a relationship with God that is real, vital and makes a difference. When we hear the stories of others, we see the words of the bible become living words animated into real life. Every story is triumph of the Grace and Goodness of God.
We welcoming Teen Challenge City outreach team to our service this weekend to share their stories and how God has been at work in our community changing lives in the love and power of Jesus, as the Gospel has been shared with words, compassion and action. Teen Challenge work in some of the most deprived places in the UK to lead people to Jesus Christ because He is the one who changes lives. So along with a couple of other churches we have been serving alongside these guys for the last 9 months, on the streets, in the Oaktree Estate, running an Alpha course and now a small discipleship group some of whom have started coming to church, families have begun to be restored and others are finding Freedom at the Teen Challenge Rehab in Nottingham. The work on the Oaktree estate has seen God working very powerfully, bringing hope to the lonely, some elderly, others who are sick and many people trapped with various addictions.
There are many scriptures that describes in pictures God’s work of saving and changing lives, one that that speaks powerfully of the impact when God Acts in someone life is Psalm 40 v 1-3
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire, he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.
Let’s pray that this weekend the Lord will save and touch lives through the Gospel and these stories. And may we praise, rejoice and be refreshed in our own Salvation today, and be inspired to be open for the Lord to continue writing His story in our lives. Lets ask him to write new exciting chapters into us!
Psalm 40 v 1-5
The creation of a new heart, the renewing of a right spirit is an omnipotent work of God. Leave it to the Creator. "He which hath begun a good work in you will perfect it unto that day."