Pastor’s Blog January 2019

I like to make New Year’s resolutions. I like the thought that I can change. For me New Year holds the promise of something different, something better. Of course it doesn’t always turn out that way but there is always the hope that things will be different or perhaps more importantly, I will be different.

This hope is grounded in the gospel. Paul writing to the Corinthians says, “if anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation: the old has gone the new is here.” 2 Cor.5:17.

Through Jesus’ death for us on the cross, we have been made new creations. At the moment we live between the ages, so none of us is fully what we will one day be. But we are in process, and therefore we can experience real and lasting change in our lives and in our church.

I was reading an interesting blog earlier this week, the writer was arguing that goals are overrated but commitments are underrated. He wrote that goals are something we want to achieve but a commitment is a rhythm of life that puts us in a place to get there.

For example, a few years ago Margaret and I ran a marathon. We started with a goal but in order to achieve the goal we had to make some commitments, we had to adopt a pattern of regular running that over several months prepared us to run the marathon.

Many of us want genuinely to change and to grow as disciples of Jesus, we would like to pray more, be more consistent in reading the bible. I hope also that many of us want to see BBC flourish in the coming years but for this to happen we need to turn our wishes/goals into commitments/a way of life.

In a short series of sermons during January we will be exploring how we can do that both for ourselves and for our church.

Can I wish you all the best for 2019.

Phil