Good Gives the Increase

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God Gives the Increase Paul was teaching them a proper perspective on the leaders that God has placed among them so they could understand that God’s servants are not dignitaries but functionaries. He wants them to see their leaders less in terms of their personality and status and giftedness and more in terms of their function, that is, their calling to serve God and God’s purposes. So, in that light, how does Paul describe himself and Apollos? What is their function? The simple answer is “servants.” Paul and Apollos are servants. In other words, Paul was telling the church, “you need to readjust the way you think about your favorite teacher.” What are they? Not superstars but servants. When I … Read More

Sermon Notes 10/11/20

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Last week, for my first sermon here at New World, I chose Psalm 1. I explained that I chose that Scripture because it has been a guiding principle in my life and ministry, and it also speaks to my theology and character as a pastor.  In Psalm 1, we learned that God wants to bless us, to make us fruitful and prosperous, but it is up to us to make the choices that will lead us to God’s blessings. In short, I explained that by choosing the ways of God, by living according to God’s wisdom and teachings, we bear fruit, the blessings that give us joy, peace, and fulfillment—even despite bad seasons in our lives.  Today, I am doing a “follow-up” of that message. … Read More

This is What the Church Looks Like

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I was delighted, the other day when Pastor Darlene called to talk about her plans for the backpack and school supply drive. She reminded me that despite the fact that we are not meeting in person— we can still do the work of the church. Helping kids and parents navigate the school year is an important way to connect with our neighbors and offer them the hope of Christ. Even though we can’t be together physically right now, this is what the Church looks like. It’s possible because of your hearts to serve and your generosity. Church isn’t canceled. God’s love isn’t canceled. Serving isn’t canceled. Stay tuned for details on how to help. Peace, Pastor Gayle

Zoom Into Prayer

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Let Us Pray Friends, I hope you are safe and well as we continue to shelter at home during this time. I want you to know that I miss seeing you! While we have made every effort to maintain our connection online, it is not quite the same as being able to meet personally. I am grateful for the technology that helps us maintain our connection. I know that some Sunday School Classes and small groups are meeting on conference call or on Zoom and I want to encourage you to keep it up. If you would like to connect with a class or group please let me know and we will make it happen. I have been praying for … Read More

Keep Calm and Stay Well!

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March 19, 2020 Dear New World Church Family, Thank you so much for worshipping with us on Facebook Live this past Sunday. I am especially grateful for your comments and for the way you greeted one another online. Our connection is so important for our life together as the body of Christ. We must be creative and intentional in staying connected during this pandemic. Let me remind you that on Sunday, March 22nd, we will worship again on Facebook Live at 11:15 a.m. Please join us on New World’s Facebook page and invite your family and friends to connect with us. Until further notice, there will be no meetings, rehearsals or services at the church. I am connecting regularly with staff and … Read More