The Bridge Community Church South
The New Normal
May 10, 2020

The New Normal

May 10, 2020

The New Normal

 

Back to Normal: True or False

T or F—Before all this, my communication wasn’t as steady with the people I care about most.

T or F—Before all this, I didn’t spend as much time outside, in the fresh air, enjoying nature.

T or F—Before all this, my work tended to be the dominant force in my life. 

T or F—Before all this, I read my Bible, prayed, and engaged with my faith less than I do now. 

T or F—Before all this, I didn’t have a new kitten or puppy. 

T or F—Before all this, I didn’t take as much time to make my own food and cook with fresher, more basic ingredients.

T or F—Before all this, I didn’t regularly see my neighbors out walking, working in their yards, doing sidewalk art, playing musical instruments, going on bike rides, and serenading their neighbors in the evening as much as I do now.

T or F—Before all this, when someone asked me how I was doing and I said I was fine, they were good with that answer, and we all just moved on without really knowing how others were doing.

T or F—Before all this, I rarely thought about how I might be able to help people with different or more needs than myself in the middle of a time when my own life was under stress, change, and pressure. 

T or F—Before all this, I was more distracted, less connected to people I love the most, spent less time living out my faith, shared less, and spent less time outside. Too many days just sort of passed me by. 

Going back to normal would be regression in some ways

Restoration is about moving forward, toward the beautiful place where it all started.

Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.”28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  John 20: 26-29   

21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy SpiritJohn 20: 21-22 

So, unless your normal looked more like God’s best for your life, don’t go back to it

Mission   2 parts 
  1. It is the work of the worldwide witness, making disciples, and planting Churches
  2. All Christians are called to do works of compassion and mercy!

So, unless your normal looked more like God’s best for your life, don’t go back to it

The reward for hard work is the opportunity to do more

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heartHebrews 12:1-3 

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.    Acts 2:42 

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