Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus is “the author and perfector of our faith” (NIV 1984 version)

Main Point: In this new season as a church, we make space for new stories to be told and testimonies of transformation to be shared.

Transformation: it’s internal, it’s heartfelt, and it takes ownership

The inside is more important than the outside.

Jeremiah 17:9-10
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? 10 “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”

1 Samuel 16:6-7
“When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:12b-14
Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” 13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah. 14 Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him.”

Being Born Again is Union with God, not simply believing in God.

Making space in my life for more of God is critical for internal transformation.

Hebrews 8:8b-13
“The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord. 10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 11 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” 13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.

Look at the space as opportunity.

Making space in our church for more stories to be told is critical for community transformation.

Isaiah 54: 2
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.”

Every seat has a story, whose story are you praying for?

Conclusion: Lastly, the words “lengthen and strengthen” in Isaiah 54 spoke to me…it’s not enough to just lengthen, we need to strengthen as well. Strengthen for us means more volunteers are needed and more training is also needed. Today, after the service, we will have opportunities to sign up.

Renovation Update

Renovations are coming to a close. Most of our amenities such as heating and bathrooms are fully functional and available. Finishing touches are still in process.

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