Be Prepared For New Ways

As we’ve prayed for the future of our church we keep returning to this verse of scripture, Isaiah 43.19 “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Whether you have thought and prayed long and hard about these words or even if you have given them little thought, you cannot really escape the overriding image that God is intending to do something new. In fact, while God Himself never changes, He is a God of change—He is always doing a new thing and working behind the scenes in our lives, in our churches to bring about new beginnings. Where we see failure, weakness and lack of resource, God sees potential for something new. God is in the business of dramatic change! Last week, I attended a long-awaited dental appointment and as you know I am not overly fond of these visits, but this was essential, as 2 months previously a good chunk of one of my teeth had broken off. As I sat in the dental chair and pondered a proposed extraction, I was faced with a decision. It was my choice, I was in no pain, I could choose to leave things as they were, but this tooth was fulfilling none of its intended purpose and ultimately would have a painful end. All I can say is thank God for local anaesthesia! One of the greatest things we can do over the next few months is to be continually seeking God’s path and ask ourselves the question: are we at West Denton fulfilling God’s intended purpose for us? Are we prepared and determined to co-operate with God’s plan for us as a church, even if it’s uncomfortable? Recently, I read Mark 2.21-22 “Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.” Following Jesus means being prepared for new ways; new ways to live, new ways to look at people and new ways to serve. Please pray for God to guide us through this season and in to whatever He has in store for us. Bryan