My original intent with this article was to remind everyone about the new Bible class quarter that begins next Sunday and to let everyone know that I will move to the auditorium class to teach a class called, “The Book of Acts: New Beginnings.” I hope everyone will take advantage of our weekly Bible study times for all ages. Our teachers work hard to provide good Bible classes. It is an excellent opportunity for all of us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18) Now that I’ve accomplished that original intent, let’s move to other thoughts.
New beginnings happen for us all the time. This summer has been a vivid example of that truth. Just in the past week or two a new school year has begun for all of our young people and for many in our church family who serve as teachers and support staff in the school system. Some children are starting school for the first time while others are jumping from elementary to junior high, or junior high to high school, or high school to college. Any of these changes involve new beginnings and require some significant adjustments for all involved. Some of our folks have begun new jobs in recent months. Whenever you go into a new work environment there is usually excitement but also an element of apprehension. You have to adjust to the new work demands. You have to learn how to get along with co-workers. You have to meet the expectations of the employer so you can create a successful experience. Some of our members have experienced the joy of welcoming new babies into their family this summer while others have had the grief of losing loved ones to unexpected death. In both cases there are new beginnings that change the lives of those involved and adjustments that have to be made.
God is both a source of change and of ultimate stability in our lives. God’s desire for us to change is seen in Scriptures like Romans 6:4, “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” Also, consider 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” God’s desire for us to have ultimate stability for life is seen in Scriptures like Hebrews 13:5, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” Also, Matthew 28:20, “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” God loves us. God is always with us when we are faithful followers of Christ. God wants what is best for us. Rest assured in these truths, no matter what changes may happen in your life.