Archive for November, 2010

You Are More

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

New Church exists to help people far from God experience new life in Jesus Christ!

The verse that gave birth to the vision of New Church is 2 Corinthians 5:17, which says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

That’s also the message behind the song below. It’s not about what you do or don’t do. It’s about what God has done for you through Jesus Christ!

T. J.

Categories: Growth, Videos

From Death to Death?

November 3, 2010 Leave a comment

“Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus too, for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them and believed in Jesus.” (John 12:10-11)

You remember Lazarus, right?  He was the guy Jesus raised from the dead. Apparently, Lazarus was so grateful that Jesus had brought him from death to life that he was willing to tell people about it.  And as a result, many people believed in Jesus.

But it wasn’t without risk on Lazarus’ part.  He placed his life on the line when he told people about Jesus.  He was potentially going from death to life and back to death, if the leading priests had their way.

If you are a Christian, you have been brought from spiritual death to spiritual life through faith in what Jesus accomplished on the cross and through his resurrection.  When was the last time you took a risk and told someone about what Jesus did for you, and what he can do for them?

T. J.

Categories: Growth

If You Really Knew Me (the event)

November 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Last week I spent a couple of days at Eagle’s View Academy in Jacksonville, FL.  Eagle’s View is a Christian school that admits both Christian and non-Christian students.  It is very much an outreach to families who are unchurched and unsaved as close to 60% of its student population falls into one of those two categories, if not both.

I had the privilege of speaking at what they refer to as spiritual emphasis week, which is basically 3 days of chapel services for middle and high school students with a live band and a series of activities and messages centered around a particular theme.

The theme for the event was based on MTV’s reality show, If You Really Knew Me.

I was highly impressed with the creative elements that were used in every part of the programming.  They even spent time making a 10 minute feature film called, “If The Halls Had Eyes” to coincide with Halloween.  The students were dialed into every aspect of the entire experience, and they were kind enough to help me film a short commercial for New Church, which we will be adding to our website in the near future.

Reunion did an amazing job leading worship, and it was so encouraging to hear and see so many students lifting their voices and their hands to God in worship!  As a result of God’s Word being spoken, and the Holy Spirit moving, several students gave their lives to Christ, and many more came forward to have the faculty and staff of the school pray over them.

It was truly an amazing experience, and I was honored to be there to witness it.

If you are involved in a Christian school, I strongly encourage you to contact the people at Eagle’s View and let them share with you how they plan and produce events like this.

T. J.

Categories: Culture, Growth

Loving Loudly Through Laundry

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

One of our Core Values at New Church is LOVE LOUDLY! Because Jesus demonstrated sacrificial love for others, we follow his example by loving people in ways that direct their attention to God!

It was the focus of our church service yesterday, which isn’t unusual, but the setting for our experience certainly was.  Our team spent the previous 3 weeks encouraging people to donate coats for elementary and middle school students who are considered underprivileged.

We collected almost 100 coats that needed to be cleaned before we could give them away, so we divided our launch team into 2 groups, and we took the coats to a couple of laundry mats in our city.

Our goal was pretty simple—clean the coats we collected and show the love of Jesus to whoever showed up at the laundry mats during that time.  We brought laundry detergent, dryer sheets, rolls and rolls of quarters, bottled water, snacks, candy, and coloring books and crayons.

I was so proud of our teams as they served people by paying for their clothes to be washed and dried, offering them refreshments, and spending time with children, so their parents could do laundry.  We had the privilege of praying with several people who expressed a need for physical, relational, spiritual, and emotional healing.

Although God used this outreach opportunity to bless some people who happened to show up to those particular laundry mats at that particular time yesterday, he also used it to speak to the hearts of the people on our team.

I was reminded that the only reason we are able to be a blessing to others is because of what God has done in our lives through his Son, Jesus.

T. J.

Categories: Church, Growth