Sermon Snap Shot January 13, 2019

Sermon Snap Shot January 13, 2019

And then Jesus shares a parable about how his Gospel is like a new cloth and new wine, stating in essence: it doesn’t make any sense to take a piece of new cloth and sew it onto an old garment or to take new wine and pour it into old wine skins. Why? Because new cloth and new wine are alive…they are changing…they are not fixed in form or size.
The Gospel that Jesus was proclaiming was like that. It was new. It was alive. And for the disciples to try and fit it into their old understanding, their old rites and rituals, their old paradigms – it just wouldn’t work. There would have to be new ways of thinking…new ways of worshiping…new ways of relating to one another and the greater world.
And this transformation (as Ephesians 4:20-24 argues) requires letting go of the old so that the new can take root.
For example, it makes no sense to…
refinance our credit card debt one day…and then go on a shopping spree the next.
go to all the trouble of having gastric bypass surgery…and continue to eat at Burger King.
complete drug or alcohol rehab…and then return to the same group of friends.
If we really want growth…if we really want change, we have let go of the old as we work toward the new.
You know, I used to love smokeless tobacco. And I still love cheese…and bacon…and Chic-fil-a ice dream cones. I used to love playing video games. And I used to eat, sleep and breath – worship, even – Clemson Tiger football.
My list could go on and on. What does your list include? What have you had to throw out over the years so that you can be the best you, the person that God created you to be?
From Sunday, January 13 message based on Luke 5:36-38 and Ephesians 4:20-24 entitled, “Out with the Old…In with the New”
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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