If Newberry United Methodist Church is to grow and change, we will not be able to cling to what was. While we appreciate much of the past, there are some things we must “let go.” In the process, we must adjust our lives in such a way that our passion for God consumes us. Our desire for others to discover Christ as Savior must become our driving force in life. We will also need to see the church as Christ sees it, and support the church with our finances through sacrificial giving. Can this really happen? Can we do this?
Such turnaround will mean nothing short of a radical change of heart for some of us. This can only be a work of the Holy Spirit. It will be necessary for us to allow him to make such adjustments in our lives.
God has great hopes and plans for this church, and so do I. You have indicated as much, through your approval of the 3-5 Year Plan of Growth & Action. The fulfillment of this plan, however, will take much prayer and action, a letting go of the past, and stretching toward the future.
Instead of the church “clinging to what was “(its past), we must seriously rearrange our priorities and our lives to be in alignment with God’s purpose for us at this time.
Each of us should honestly ask ourselves, “What priorities do I need to adjust in order to align with his purpose? What has been difficult for you to “let go”? Let me hear from you! Pastor Gary