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Gilmer Campus

At New Beginnings Church you will discover a warm group of real people dedicated to following our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Worship Info

8:00 a.m. | 9:30 a.m. | 11 a.m.

Address

1977 State Hwy 155 N, Gilmer, TX US 75644

Spring Hill Campus

Campus Info           Messages           Events

At New Beginnings Church you will discover a warm group of real people dedicated to following our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Worship Info

8:00 a.m.| 9:30 a.m.| 11 a.m.

Address

2137 E. George Richey Rd,, Longview, TX US 75604

Gilmer Campus

At New Beginnings Church you will discover a warm group of real people dedicated to following our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Worship Info

8:00 a.m. | 9:30 a.m. | 11 a.m.

Address

1977 State Hwy 155 N, Gilmer, TX US 75644

Spring Hill Campus

At New Beginnings Church you will discover a warm group of real people dedicated to following our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Campus Info           Messages           Events

Worship Info

8:00 a.m.| 9:30 a.m.| 11 a.m.

Address

2137 E. George Richey Rd,, Longview, TX US 75604

The Pastor's Blog

Six Habits to Make the Most of Sunday Worship

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As we begin a new year, I want you to consider the impact that Sunday Worship Gatherings can have in your life and in the life of so many in our community. It is a weekly opportunity to gather with God’s people and experience His presence together. This is one of the greatest gifts He has given us. So, as you are making the list of “new starts” in the new year, I want you to consider these 6 habits that can make your Sunday Worship Gatherings more impactful:

 1.  Prepare spiritually

Get up a few minutes early and spend some time in prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you focus and allow you to experience His power with His people. This simple practice can prepare your heart to encounter God’s presence.

 2.  Anticipate God’s voice

Go with a sense of urgency, believing that God wants to meet with you and speak to you. It might be through the music or the preaching, but it’s essential that you lean in and anticipate what He wants to say to you.

 3.  Worship through singing.

In the bible, we are commanded to sing and give praise to the Lord through music. Singing to God with His people is the closest preview of heaven we could ever have. So sing and lift your voice during Sunday Worship. Even if you cannot make a Joyful sound, make a joyful noise!

 4.  Take sermon notes.

Get a journal or a good notepad that you only use on Sundays. Write down the major points of the sermon, scripture references, or anything that speaks directly to you. This allows you to focus and gives you something to review later in the week.

 5.  Invite a friend who needs Jesus.

It’s amazing how our focus changes when we invite a friend to join us. You will find yourself praying for them through the service, engaging in worship with more excitement and listening to the sermon with greater focus. Not to mention the benefit it has to them.

 6.  Make it a priority.

Guard your Sundays from the busyness of life. When your Worship Gathering attendance becomes the center of your schedule, it allows you to stay connected and keeps you in tune with what God is doing through His church. Listening to the podcast is helpful when needed, but this should never be a replacement from being present in the service. 

I believe that these 6 habits will change your Sunday Worship Gathering experience in 2017. I encourage you to try them for the next 10 weeks and see the difference it will make. I cannot wait to see the impact it will have on your life, our church, and our community.

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Humanity's Hope

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 As we wrapped up our Humanity series this week, we finally got to talk about the good news about the hope for humanity’s dreadful situation. The Gospel (good news) of Jesus offers the hope of not only saving humanity from sin and death, but it also recreates the image of God in us. To understand how good this news is, we need to have a firm understanding of how bad our sin really is before God.

HUMANITY’S CONDITION: Spiritually Dead and Deserving of God’s Wrath (Eph. 2.1-3)
We are all dead before a holy God. This is spiritual death. In Genesis 2:16-17, God told Adam that if He ate of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, he would die. Through Adam and Eve’s rebellion, humanity is now cut off from God, the source of life, like a lamp that isn’t plugged into a power source. We are not bad people in need of getting better; we are dead people in need of resurrection. The sin and suffering of this world is nothing more than the stench of spiritual death and decay. The result is that we are the children of wrath – The rightful recipients of God’s judgment. This is God’s just response to man’s sin. Because our sin is hostility towards a holy God and is personally offensive, God must deal with anything that violates His holiness in a just way.

GOSPEL SOLUTION: Through Jesus, We Can Be Made Spiritually Alive (Eph. 2.4-6)

We were dead in our sins, but, in mercy and the abundance of God’s love, we have been made alive in Jesus Christ. And this is a work that only God could do! Jesus is the fullness of the image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15), and He lived in the perfect and faithful life we were created to live. Ultimately, He offered His sinless life on our behalf. He received the wrath of God we deserved and absorbed the curse of sin. This was so that, in His resurrection, He could give humanity what we desperately need: life!

GRACE AND FAITH: Eph. 2.7-10

Nothing about who we are or what we do can earn this salvation from God and restore His broken Image in us. It is all a work of His grace towards us for His glory. Grace is something that is not deserved. The Bible repeatedly tells us that God saves us by His own will and power for His own purposes. No one can do or say the right thing(s) to compel God to save them. In His mercy and grace, He saves those who were once His enemies, loves them, and makes them His children! He chooses to recovers His image in those who have willfully distorted the Imago Dei in themselves and in others! This is GREAT News!

Ultimately, the heart of the Gospel isn’t an escape from a place of suffering, but an entrance into a place of satisfaction.

The process of growing in our faith (sanctification) is the Holy Spirit progressively renewing the Imago Dei. If we belong to Jesus, we are being transformed into the likeness of Him because He is the image of God. So it’s not about being a better person; it’s about displaying the image of God. The hope of humanity is the Gospel because only the Gospel can transform someone like this.

This is why we believers must engage the needs around us; stand against injustice; pursue things like racial reconciliation; care for the marginalized, weak, orphaned, and unborn; express grace to sinners; and accept those who are broken into our life and community. It is because, in Christ, the image of God is being renewed in us. And we are displaying His character and nature to the world. We are to reflect this Image to the world as His Image bearers!

 

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