Day 42: Out of Kindergarten

Daily Interrupted Challenge
Reread and write down the scriptures in today’s reading about new (listed below).
Focus on how God is stirring something new in your own life after reading this book. What is He birthing new inside of your heart?

Day 42: Out of Kindergarten

Jen talks about the early stages of their new church and how messy it really was. I can totally relate to the things she talks about as I remember our own church meeting in a hotel conference room in our early stages. We had a boombox for music and people that cared about doing something new way more than where we met and what it looked like.

These verses were key to their start and how they chose their name, Austin New Church:

We serve in the new way of the Spirit. Romans 7:6


A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34


Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Galatians 6:15


Pour new wine into new wineskins. Matthew 9:17

God, help us see the new things you are doing all around us. Wake us up to a new direction, new purpose, new perspective. No matter what our background is – whether we have been the ones in need, or the ones in abundance – I believe you have something to teach each one of us, regardless. Shake our very being, the core of who we are. Let us care more about living out your instructions than anything else that this world has to offer. Shape us into those that truly care about the people around us and impacting the Kingdom for Your glory. Help us to set aside the daily distractions, the mindsets of worry and doubt and to run the race set before each one of us. Let us take your hand and run forward with a fresh passion to serve. Amen!

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4 thoughts on “Day 42: Out of Kindergarten

  1. As I was reading this chapter I thought of the early days of our church. The hotel then the building without carpet how it echoed but we were there though worship and come together as a body of Christ to make a difference. Have we?


    1. I have thought about your last question in this comment a lot over the past several days. YES – I do think we have made a difference. Has it been the best we could have given and has it focused on reaching the least of these? Not always. No church is perfect, but thank goodness God has opened our eyes and hearts to be different going forward 🙂


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