I think an appropriate way to communicate one of the things I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving is to brag on the church God has allowed me to pastor. I am humbled by the way the people of New Church stepped up and gave to our first ever Gratitude Gift!
About a month ago, I asked our church to give a one-time financial gift on November 20th, in addition to what they normally give. People bought in and gave by faith, which resulted in an amount that was twice as much as what I prayed for and expected.
But more importantly than the amount of money that was given was the heart with which it was given. God is at work in the lives of many of the people who attend New Church, and I can’t wait to see how he uses us in the days ahead to advance his kingdom for his glory!
So, as I consider all of the things I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving, New Church is definitely near the top of that list!
I taught out of Isaiah 53, which is a prophecy that speaks specifically to what Jesus would encounter as he accomplished God’s plan to redeem mankind to himself through his death and resurrection.
We also gave away gift certificates for tattoos as a way to recognize the fact that we have been Marked to Make a Difference! You can listen to and/or download this week’s message, and others, by clicking HERE.
I’m so pumped to share with you what God has been doing in the life of New Church for his glory! Click on the icon to the left to read our latest newsletter! Thank you for your continued prayers and support!
On September 25th, New Church had its 2nd Baptism Party, and a group of people who were ready to take this important next step in their journey of faith identified with Jesus by taking the plunge.
Since our launch on January 9, 2011, we’ve seen 70 people place their faith in Jesus for salvation and have been able to baptize 18 people! All of the glory goes to God for what he’s doing in, and through, our church!
This time around, I had the privilege of baptizing Rob, Kevin, Sallie, Jessica, Sarah, Jarrett, Jason, and Steven. Check out the video below:
The first week of our new teaching series, NC Ink, was one for the books. Not only did we talk about what the Bible says about tattoos, but we did it twice! Last Sunday was the first week we began offering 2 identical worship experiences (9:00 AM and 10:30 AM), and it was amazing!
In fact, we had the 2nd highest attendance in the history of New Church last Sunday, but more importantly, 4 people indicated that they placed their faith in Jesus for salvation! In less than 9 months of existence, our church has seen 70 people cross the line of faith! All glory goes to God!
If you live in the Winston-Salem area, we would be honored to have you as our guest during this teaching series as we talk about how we have been Marked to Make a Difference! Click HERE if you would like to listen to and/or download last Sunday’s message.
The first week in October, people from New Church will begin gathering around the Winston-Salem area to hang out, study God’s Word together, and learn to care for each other. We call these opportunities for growth New Church Groups.
For more information about Groups, or to register online, click HERE, and you will be taken to the Groups page. If you consider New Church to be your church home, I cannot emphasize enough how CRUCIAL it is for you to get connected through Groups. I truly believe that we’re Better Together!
Last Sunday’s worship experience was another milestone for New Church. We observed the ordinance of communion for the first time, and it was a special time of reflection on what Jesus did for us through the shedding of his blood and through his death.
Many people view Christ’s death as something to be sad about, but the only way for us to have a relationship with God is by placing our faith in what Jesus accomplished through his death and resurrection. Instead of being sad, we should be grateful. We should take time to remember why he died and allow that to remind us why we live.
You can click HERE to listen to Sunday’s message, entitled “remeber,” and you can click HERE to listen to the message from the last week of The Essential James teaching series, entitled “The Forever Filter.”