July 2006


New Creatures in Christ

2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

This Newsletter is intended to be a two week study. We frequently need to be reminded of how special we are in Christ according to the precious truths set forth in God's Word, There are eleven para­graphs in this Newsletter. I urge you to take each paragraph one day at a time and deeply reflect upon the wonderful verses set forth in each paragraph, I encourage you then to take three days to review what you have studied. Thus, in two weeks you will have marinated your mind in the precious realities that God indicates are true of us now that we are Christians in the body of Christ, You can do this individually, as a couple or a family, turning this Newsletter into a two-week devotional study.

1.   You are the temple of the living God: 2 Cor 6:14-7:1, The Lord dwells in you, God is living within you and He is making Himself known through you to the rest of us in your Church family.

2.    You are gifted as members in the same body:  1 Cor 12; 1Peter 4:10; Rom 12:4-8. Each of you has received a special gift from God which makes your service in the body indispensable. You have an unusual capacity to build up this Church family so that we might be a blessing to the Lord and highly useful to Him. As diverse members within the same body, we are to depend upon one another and the entire church by doing what we are uniquely gifted to do.

3.    You are brothers and sisters in the same spiritual family:  Rom 12:10; Eph 2:19. Your love and devotion to the congregation sends a powerful message to each of us that we are tightly knit as one household of God. You have been recreated in Christ in such a way that you have a God given capacity to demonstrate loyal love and affection to one another as spiritual siblings.

4.   You are anointed:  1 John 2:20,27 [See also 1 Cor 2:6-16], You have been given the Holy Spirit who teaches you all things, even the very depths of God. You have tremendous capacities to build up and guide each of us in the body.

5.     You are earthen vessels of greater glory:  2 Cor 4:7. Even though each of us are weak, through our weaknesses the power and glory of Christ is manifested through us. When our weaknesses are discovered by others in the Church family, this only provides us with greater opportunity to manifest the grace of God which is perfected through our weaknesses. 2 Cor 12: 9-10, Let us develop genuine and transparent relationships with one another. Let the treasure of Jesus Christ be put on display in our relationships.

6.    You have been sovereignly fitted together within God's temple:  Eph 2:21-22. God has fit us together as stones making up the walls of His temple. He has placed us in the body where He wants us. He has clamped and mortared us together as stones. We are leaning upon and supporting one another. Let's depend on each other. Let's help one another. [See also 1 Peter 2:5]

7.   You supply the life of Christ to the other members of the body:  Eph 4:16. This verse tells us that the life of God flows from the head of the body [Christ] to each member in the body. This life then passes from one member to another as a result of their close spiritual interaction. The life of Christ flows through us as "joints" in the body. Let us meet together often. Let us come with hearts that are Spirit filled. Let us supply the love and goodness of Christ to one another.

8.   You are fellow soldiers:  Eph 6:10-19. We saw this in our past study on armor. We are standing together on the battle lines, protecting each other and standing firm together against an extremely formidable foe. My, how we need each other!

9   You are priests:  1 Peter 2:5; Heb 13:15-16. Each of us are spiritual priests. We are professionals. God has placed within us those things which make us good at worship. Together as one temple we offer up precious sac­rifices. Let us encourage one another each Sunday and during our prayer times together with fervent adoration, praise and exaltation. We have what it takes! Let us with one voice glorify our great God. Rom 15:6.

10.    You are future pillars of the church:  Gal 2:9. Our Church is blessed with a congregation which loves the Lord and His Word. I am confident that God is going to raise up many men and women from amongst us who will serve as pillars of the church. God is able to do this work through us and bring our Church to maturity. The parents in our Church family are also training up a future generation which, Lord, willing, will powerfully
bless the body of Christ for decades to come should the Lord tarry. I am excited about what the Lord is going to do through our Church
family in the years to come.

11.   You are the tight of the world set on a hill:  Matt 5:14, Thank the Lord for His commitment to shine His light through us. Let us work together to let this light shine brightly in our community.          

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Community Church of the Santa Ynez Valley
240 E. Highway 246
Buellton, CA 93427