Mark 2:21-22, Revelation 3:14-22
Mark 2:21-22(NIV): “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”
Revelation 3:14-16(NIV): “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
As we look at what the Spirit said to the church at Laodicea, we see the pitfalls for any church, including Naringal. “New Wine” means:
· New passion - v15-16, Psalm 42:1-2
· New awareness - v17, Luke 15:17
· New commitment - v18, Matthew 16:24
· New repentance - v19, Psalm 51:10-12
· New openness - v20, 1 Samuel 3:10-11
Familiarity breeds contempt, and this is part of the paradox of our faith. The church is built on Jesus Christ, the rock that never changes. But the the church is alive and organic, not static or dormant. We grow or we die. “The message never changes. The method has to change.”
In 2020 let’s commit to being open to receive the “New Wine” of the Holy Spirit at Naringal.
Revelation 3:19-20(NIV): Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
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Mark 2:21-22, Matthew 5:13-16, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Mark 2:21-22(NIV): “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine...
Mark 2:21-22; Acts 2:42-47
Acts 2:42(NIV):They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
The church is Australia has declined dramatically in the past 50 years. It needs the “new wine” of the Holy Spirit. Let’s look at how the church functioned when it was first established. In Acts 2:42-47, we see:
· Fellowship -...
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