Our vision theme for 2014 is All Things New!
In a world that is radically changing, the tendency for a lot of people is to slam on the brakes and hold on to the past. Some people simply refuse to change. For instance, some of the elders hate technology, some of the middle aged people hate social media, and the list would continue for days!
The reality is, change in inevitable! No matter how hard you try and hold on to things, sooner or later time will change you. It is this very reason that we have launched our vision for 2014, All Things New! Although the things around us are changing constantly, it is not the change of fashion or fads that we, at First Church, are seeking. Scripture tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17…
“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”!
In John 11, there is told the story of Lazarus, and his resurrection from the dead. It is here where we will find a picture of transformation. As Jesus walks to the edge of that tomb, where the decomposing body of Lazarus lay, the voice of the Almighty rang through the corridors of eternity igniting life to revive once again! What a tremendous miracle! While revival is the goal at most churches, we desire something deeper!
If you’ll notice in the text, Lazarus was “revived” yet Lazarus was still bound to his past. The very things that had defined his death were still dictating his every move. This was the picture that immediately came to mind of every Christian in our world, revived yet bound. How, you might ask, could one be revived and bound at the same time; the answer may surprise you. You see there a lot of “born-again” Christians in our world who still struggle with the sins, scars and wounds of the past.
Is this the life Christ promised? Is this just the product of reaping what we’ve sown? I don’t think so! Jesus didn’t say he would just give life (revival), He said he would give life more abundantly! It is not the will of God for the mistakes and mishaps of yesterday to define your life! Jesus wants to make All Things New in your life!
If you are tired of living in the shadows of your pain, mistakes and heartache; let us help you find the life you’ve always wanted in Christ! Visit us Sundays at 10 a.m and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and let Christ make All Things New!
First Church Tyler 107 Barbee Dr Tyler, TX 75703