Can you think of a more exciting wayto start the New Year here at Centenary UMC than to witness the transformation of our sanctuary from the old to the new? Actually I can; Paul talks about it in 2 Corinthians 5:17: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"
You see, being in Christ doesn't just make us new, it sends us on a new direction. Our life ceases to be about or center around what is used to...it slowly and steadily becomes focused on the salvation offered to us by Jesus Christ and making sure everyone hears the good news offered through His Gospel story.
What is happening to the sanctuary can be a metaphor for what is hopefully going on in our lives through our relationship with Jesus Christ as Christians and as a church. Through Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit we can update and upgrade our lives so that they center around Christ and His ministry...not the things we focused on and centered our life around prior to being in relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
This is because what is happening in the Centenary UMC sanctuary is also a metaphor for what God is doing to the world through the church. Through the followers and ministry of His Son Jesus Christ He is transforming the world to be mroe and mroe like His Kingdom. I believe He will continue to do this until the day it has become the Kingdom of God or no longer can be...and then, one way or another, He will make it a permanent part of His Kingdom completely reconciled by the grace of His Son Jesus Christ.
It is my prayer that we will see this transformation of our sanctuary as more than just making our church look more appealing. I pray it serves as an inspiration to us as individual Christains to transform our lives as Christians to focus on Christ and, as a church, as Centenary United Methodist Church, to transform the world by the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into the Kingdom of God.
In Christ, Pastor Jeff