This is the audio from the January 15, 2023 sermon, “A New WAY!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.
Text: Hebrews 10:19-29
“This is what the LORD says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’“
Today continued a sermon series with a focus on being Made New In Christ. Being made new in Christ will call us to live in way that is new only because we are not accustomed to living that way. In fact, this “new way” is a return to the ancient way . . . the way of God defined from creation forward. When we know Jesus as “the Way”, we find He is the One that gives us a new . . .
- Washing. Hebrews 10:19-22, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
- When we are made new in Christ, we are washed in a new way. This isn’t a “good enough” wash or even a “that will do” wash but rather it is a full and complete cleansing of every part of our being. To be washed in a way that is complete will require us to reject a “you tell them” attitude when the Bible talks about sin and instead take the message to heart and be cleansed.
- Assembly. Hebrews 10:23-25, 1 Corinthians 11:33
- When we are made new in Christ, we are called to a new assembly. When we are put together and assembled by God into an organism that is His body, we discover the importance of one another. The new way that is to be lived by those who are in Christ is not the “everyone for themselves” mentality of the world but rather an everyone for one another mindset that creates an eagerness to come together for fellowship, encouragement, and worship of God.
- Yielding. Hebrews 10:26-29, Philippians 2:3-4
- When we are made new in Christ, we experience a new yielding. While our flesh often leads us along a path of least resistance and easy pleasure, God’s calling is for us to reject the allure of sin through a full submission to Christ. The good news is that God can see and know the details of our heart in a way that realizes whether our sin is a continual practice or a stumbling of temptation. When we yield fully to God, we no longer have a desire to practice sin even if that sin finds ways to creep in and tug at our life. This new way of life is one that says God is in charge of everything and I willingly submit to Him and to one another.
Today, how will you be made new in your WAY?