Clothed in Humility

Clothed in Humility

The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away 1 Peter 5:1-4

Clothed in Humility

Vital to the health and well-being of that church life is the role that the pastoral leaders play in it. They are the shepherds that God has appointed to lead His people, and teach them, and equip them, and protect them as they seek to stand faithful for the Lord Jesus. And the reason for the role of the shepherds is so that, when the Lord Jesus comes, He will be able to richly reward the faithfulness of His sheep.

But having said all that, Peter goes on to say;

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you (vv. 5-7).

When Peter says “Likewise . . .”, he’s still talking about the way that the church family is to function in times of trial. He had called the pastors to be faithful in their conduct toward the people of God; and now he “likewise” calls the rest of the church family to be faithful in their conduct toward each other.

And we’re to be “clothed with humility”. That’s what we’re to be wearing to church. This isn’t just important in times of trial and difficulty, but always. But it’s especially important—particularly strategic—that we be ‘clothed with humility’ toward one another during these difficult times in which it is culturally hard to be a follower of Jesus.

In other words, we are to be clothed with humility in the household of faith. ‘Humility’ is the proper attire for church life!

God, help me to walk in submission to you and with humility and grace toward my whole church family.

Setting aside my pride

Amy
Women’s Ministry Pastor

Holy Week at New Life Church

Holy Week at New Life Church

Thursday

Join us at the Veteran’s Memorial Building for the annual Foot Washing Outreach and Breakfast.
Real Women will also be ministering with manicures and hand massage.

Friday

Our annual Good Friday service will be a City Church event
at Living Faith Center.  7:00 pm at Living Faith Center

Sunday

Invite you friends to come sit with you on Easter.
We will be serving a delicious, hearty Easter breakfast at 9:30 at The Breakfast Table

 Our Worship Service begins at 10:30.

We will have a full band, special music and art, plus chocolate covered strawberries and delicious punch afterward.  This is a day to celebrate!

 

 

 

A Powerful Faith

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For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.
1 Corinthians‬ ‭4:20‬

I think Christians today talk a lot about their faith, but seem to be lacking in power. This reminds me of another verse:

having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.  2 Tim 3:5

A Powerful Faith

As I ponder these Scriptures, I wonder about the power of God in my own life, and in our church, and in The American church as a whole. I suppose I see it visible in the fruits of his spirit growing in me. But I have to admit that when I think about the word, “power,” I don’t think of it as a slow and steady power that causes growth. I think more of the power that Paul suggested when he said: “the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us and gives life to our mortal bodies”

This big miracle-working power is what I feel lacking in my life, and in the church’s life. I certainly don’t feel like I’m living by God’s power. This causes me to ask a question of how. How does one live by God’s power? To me the most simple answer is through prayer and the Word of God– two things which I could have more of in my life.

Dear Lord Jesus, I pray that you would help me to discipline myself to spend time talking and listening to you. Show me how to live in your power in my every day life. Your kingdom come your will be done. Amen

Putting my Faith into Action,

Karina
NLC office administrator
Nursery Coordinator

It’s Not About Me

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It’s Not About Me

Acts 16 is full of people who practiced disciplined obedience and submission

Submitting To God’s Agenda

Timothy submitted to circumcision

The Lord called Timothy to circumcision—and he submitted to the painful process because the call to reach others with the Love of Christ was more important to him than his own comfort—even more important than his own body

Result:  So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily

Paul follows God’s instructions to go to Macedonia even though it was not his original plan:

Result:  Many families and people came to know the Lord.

Paul and Silas remain in jail and don’t try to escape.

Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”

It would have been easy for Paul and Silas to escape thinking God instigated another miraculous jailbreak. But to them, the lives of others were more important than their own personal freedom and comfort.  This shows such discernment and discipline. The circumstances said, “escape.” But love said, “Stay for the sake of this one soul.” They were not guided merely by circumstances, but acted in total selfless love.

Result:  The jailor’s whole family was saved.

Application

God never promises that he will make our path easy or light.  He never promises that we won’t be tried and put to the test.  He never promises that we won’t be hurt or even beaten or face terrible trouble.  But He does promise to walk with us and to to be with us always.  God calls us to radically be about others before ourselves.  And our job is merely,  praise and acknowledge God in all circumstances..  This is our posture.    We are not to look for the easy path—we are to discern the divine path that God has called us to walk—We are not to seek our own comfort but we are called to be a comfort and light to others—even sometimes at great cost to our own detriment.

Lord, help me to put myself and my own needs for comfort and security behind me so that I can reach all the people who you call me to.  I need the courage and strength and perspective and discernment of the Holy Spirit alive in me because I can’t do that on my own.  I so easily default to what is easy or comfortable and I so quickly justify my choices.  Lord, bring conviction to me when I’m making life about ME and not about YOU.

 

Laying down my own agenda,

Pastor Amy
Women’s Ministry

Get the Right Perspective

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Get the Right Perspective!

And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. 8 If the Lord delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.  Numbers 14:6-9

Leaders of Israel, including Joshua and Caleb have just spent 40 days spying the promised land and the inhabitants of that land.  They have seen how wonderful the land is, but also how big, strong and numerous are some of the inhabitants.  Having spent too much time and consideration of the enemies in the land, the people lose perspective on how big God is, and they become very afraid.  Joshua and Caleb bring proper perspective.  Somehow they were not shaken or influenced by the enemies they saw, nor were they influenced by the faithlessness of their own people.  They remind everyone that with God, anything is possible.

The key  to overcoming is understanding God’s power and our place in relationship with Him.  If I understand and truly believe both God’s power and His immense love for me, then nothing is too big.  The people of Israel not only forgot all of the amazing things God did and his power in freeing them from Egypt, but equally important, they forgot his motivation.  God did those things because God loves.  All that he asks of me, he asks out of love.  All He requires and all He forbids is out of love.  I cannot miss this point.  His power and His love are more than enough!

Jesus, cleanse me, heal me, forgive me for the way too many times I lose perspective.  Help me to trust in your power and your love in all that I do all the time.

Cleaning my lenses,

Pastor Dale

 

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