While God never changes in His nature, He does change the way He works with human beings. Jesus announced a significant change when He held up a cup and identified it with His blood that would establish a new covenant. After being raised from the dead, Jesus told His disciples to wait for the promised Holy Spirit. They waited and the Spirit came! The Church was born. That day, God began working in a brand-new way. And to this day, we are participants together with God as He works uniquely among us.

In this series, we’ve defined ReChurch as engaging in a fresh way with the miracle-movement of God called the church. How are you engaging in the church in a fresh way? What things pull you away from wholehearted involvement in God’s movement called the church?

Read Luke 22:19-20. What is the new thing Jesus is describing? What is the difference between God’s unchanging nature (Hebrews 13:8) and the reality that God does change the way He works with people?

God’s change from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant is drastic. Look at the following verses that highlight some of these differences: Hebrews 8:6, 13, 9:15, Romans 6:14, 7:6, 2 Corinthians 3:6-8.

After Jesus was raised to life, what did He tell the disciples to do? (Acts 1:4-8) How was the church birthed into existence? (Acts 2:1-4)

You had nothing to do with the circumstances of your birth. You’re alive now because of God’s purposes. Read Acts 17:26-27. What is your purpose in life? How would you know if you have lived a successful life?

Further Reading

Resistance Training

Our muscles grow stronger when we repeatedly push against a weight or force. Similarly, as followers of Jesus, we can grow spiritually stronger when we encounter resistance. Today, we’ll identify the three primary forces that push against us on our path towards...

Stages of Growth

While salvation is instantaneous, spiritual maturity involves a process. It’s one filled with twists and turns and failures and successes. And each stage of our growth requires an awareness of whether we’re a spiritual baby, a young person in the faith or a mature...

Time to Grow Up

Change is part of life. And we can change for good or change for the not-so-good. In the language of the Bible, changing for good is called growth. It’s normal for living things to grow—under one condition—if they’re nourished. In other words, growth doesn’t happen...

Proverbs: The Quest for Character

We might define success by using external qualities like the amount of money someone accumulates or the amount of fame they achieve. However, in the Bible, we find a successful life is defined by our character - our disposition towards qualities like love and...

God Gave

We’ve just come through a time of gift-giving and joy. Of course, the most significant gift of all was God’s gift of Jesus to the world. We find this profound truth simply stated in what might be the most famous of all Bible verses: John 3:16. Maybe this verse is so...