“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Greetings and peace to you all!
Recently I’ve been thinking about “how in Christ, there is a new creation!” I know I speak frequently about the workings of the United Proclamation of the Gospel, but I can’t help projecting our shared ministry into St. Paul’s vision of becoming a new creation!
Paul understood that through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, the “old ways” passed away and reconciliation and forgiveness provided new life to the human story. At this point in our journey together, some of our “old ways” have passed away. However, new life and new creations are abounding within our midst! From a statistical point of view, the United Proclamation through the first six months of the year is averaging nearly 235 people hearing the word of the God proclaimed in their lives each week. Together we have nearly 60 children involved in Christian Education opportunities. Together we have more and more people hearing about God’s Word for their lives through mid-week Bible Studies! These are all wonderful signs of new growth and new beginnings coming from a community of faith focused on proclaiming God’s love to the world.
More and more fellowship opportunities are arising within our midst. Recently between the two nights of Iron Pigs baseball games, over 100 of us came together to enjoy spending time together. At our UPG golf outing this year we had over 50 people playing golf representing both campuses very well and at this point it appears that this was our most successful golf outing to date!
Our Vacation Bible School and our incredible preschool are gearing up to spread the love of God with children in wonderful and profound ways! All in all, I might suggest that there is quite a bit within our community to get excited about! Yet, it’s not just about our internal ministries in this time and place is it?