Summary: This sermon was preached on the 8th month anniversary of our new church.
Together We Are Making A Difference
In every church, God places a key component that’s critical to its success. The success of New Life Fellowship Church is found gathered in this room. Our key component is the willingness to work together as we first submit ourselves to Jesus Christ, and then to one another in that same spirit. About 8 months ago we gave birth to a dream to start a new church. A dream that began in the heart of our mother church at Glenville New Life Community Church.
That dream is still taking shape. Even as a daughter baby church, two articles have appeared in our denomination’s national newspaper concerning New Life Fellowship. People want to know, can a church actually be started in a low income inner city neighborhood and make it. Where ever we go people ask about our church., We always find a way to bring the conversation around to how the Lord has used you to make a difference in this part of the body of Christ. Today’s reception of our first new members of Trina, Kirsten, and Vanessa are proof that life is coming from New Life. The baptism of Joshua and Brandon provides a mere glimpse of what is to come.
When we think of the honor of serving at New Life Fellowship we know that it is really partnership that makes this ministry possible. Our New members would not be here today, were it not for the decisions of the Hoaglands, the Britts, the Holloways, and the Thorntons who were willing to leave their mother church to come and plant themselves in a new place. LaVerne has always loved Glenville, but the moment she came here, she felt the Lord had wanted her to become rooted here. We thank the Lord for all those who have come from Glenville and continue to come to provide us with a worshiping community as well as special music.
We are grateful that not only did some people come from Glenville in faith, they also brought others newcomers with them to New Life Fellowship. Without the invitation of Mary Mosely, we would not have know the joy of having Cora Lee and the Malone family. God demonstrated his faithfulness to us by sending us some who simply arrived at our doorsteps. Sabrina simply was sitting out and saw the building and decided she would come give us a chance. Not only did she come, but she brought children and family members with her. Without Sabrina, we may not have had Stephanie and her children. Together we are making a difference in building this church.
The Lord knows just when we need a serious dose of encouragement. Unknown to us, before we ever put a sign out on the door, God had already spoken to Barbara Jackson a year earlier that she was to come to this church. She was so convinced of it, the first Sunday she came, she and her family waited a whole hour for service to start. Now she lived right across the street, so she could have easily gone home. But thanks to her, her children and grandchildren, our possibilities for ministries have increased greatly. As Trina sang, “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”, surely God’s eyes must be on New Life Fellowship Church. What a gift to have in our midst.
We are all what we are because of the call of Jesus Christ upon our lives. It’s not an accident that you are here today. God has a plan and purpose for your life. Each one of us here will one day have s a testimony of how our presence at New Life Fellowship Church changed the course and direction of our lives. Some of us are already grateful of how the Lord has met us at this church. Ellen Windham’s smile each week says she’s glad to be here.
We appreciate that this is a church where Jesus Christ is proclaimed as Lord and Jesus Christ is actively changing the lives of people.. We are unashamed in saying that Jesus is the only Way to God, He is the Truth, and He is the Life. Jesus is the one who makes us all equal at the foot of the cross. He didn’t die more for some of us and less for others. He said all of us were in need of His salvation. Our goal at New Life Fellowship goal is to lift up the name of Jesus Christ and become witnesses for Him , because if we have Jesus we have everything, if we don’t have Jesus, we have nothing.
Our vision for New Life Fellowship from the beginning has been to have open arms to everybody. We want to be a church where money and social status is not of significance nor a requirement of ministry. We want to be a place where the color of your skin is neither an advantage nor disadvantage when it comes to being used by God. We believe it is possible to see people as sisters and brothers in Christ, without the distinctions the world would have us to embrace. We praise God that God has sent Donnie Hayes and all his nieces and nephews. The Hayes, the Grosee’s and the Fogler’s are part of the vision we have for New Life Fellowship. God so loved the world, and we want to try and do the same.