Brothers and Sisters in the family of faith,
We sit hovering on the edge of a bold new ministry. I believe that the Eaton United Methodist Church is capable of far more in the name of Jesus Christ than we are realizing. We are richly blessed by strong pastoral leadership, strong membership, well-placed facilities, small group nurture, connectional interaction, all empowered by the mighty presence of the Holy Spirit in a place of enormous vitality and innovation.
In the book of Isaiah, God says, “I am doing a new thing!” What is this new thing that God is doing? How can anything related to Christianity be a new thing? I thought Christianity was an old thing – a religion that has been around for almost 2000 years – something from the past, something becoming more and more outdated. What does God mean, when he says, “I am doing a new thing”? And what does this have to do with Jesus Christ, the focus of our ministry? May God bless you as you consider this wonderful new thing that God is doing for you.
God says, “Forget the former things. Do not dwell on the past.” (Isaiah 43:18) Do you know the setting of these words? These words were originally meant to be words of comfort for people in captivity. God’s chosen people were going to be invaded by a foreign nation called Babylon. The Jews would be taken far away from their homeland. There they would recall about the “old days:” Remember when God rescued us from Egypt? Remember when God parted the Red Sea and defeated all the nations that stood in our way? He did all that for us. Those were the days!
But God says, “Do not remember the former things. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” God was telling the people, that while he did some amazing things for them in the past, they haven’t seen anything yet. He was going to rescue them again: “I am making a way in the desert, and streams in the wasteland.”
God is doing something new in our life and the church. God is calling us to starting something new in ministry. Starting something new is ministry is reaching out to the community and those who are on the margins and invite them to come and worship with us on Sundays.
So I would like to challenge each of you to go and invite a family, a friend or a co-worker to come and worship with us on Sundays. Each of you must bring a family to join us in worship studying, singing, and praising God on Sundays. This is your call, and the power of the Holy Spirit will finish up your work.
We are called to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. May God bless us and guide us as we continue ministry together.