February 16, 2003

Volume 13 - Number 07     

New Creatures, Need New Features

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)

It is impossible to be in the Lord Jesus Christ without also being a new creature. To put it another way; it is impossible to be a new creature without being in Christ. Thus, whatever puts one into Christ also makes that one a new creature. Paul plainly teaches that salvation is in Christ (2 Timothy 2:10). It is simply impossible to be saved outside of Christ! It is equally impossible for one to be a new creature if that one is still outside of Christ. Entrance into Christ is therefore, a matter of supreme and eternal importance.

How does one enter into Christ and become a new creature?

"For as many of you as have been baptized INTO Christ have put on Christ" (Gal. 3:27).

"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized INTO Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in NEWNESS of life" (Romans 6:3,4).

The Scriptures clearly teach that baptism preceded by faith, repentance and confession puts one into Christ. When one is raised from the watery grave of baptism he is raised as a new creature to walk in newness of life. He has crossed over from spiritual death into spiritual life (John 5:24).

Baptism may complete the conversation of a lost sinner into a saved sinner, but in many senses the conversion process from old creature to new creature has really just begun. NEW CREATURES MUST EXHIBIT NEW FEATURES! It is not enough to merely claim to be a new creature. A change must be evident. When Saul of Tarsus was converted he exhibited the features of a new creature. The old man had died and had been buried never to be resurrected again. This did not mean that Saul would never sin again; it simply meant that he was no longer enslaved in service to sin. Thus, Saul, who became Paul, knew better than anyone what being a new creature was all about. Paul wrote to the new creatures at Colassae and instructed them to put off the features of their old creature and put on the features of a new creature in Christ (Colosians 3:1-17). A new creature must work toward being clothed with the features and the characteristics of Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14).

Are you a new creature in Christ? More importantly, are you exhibiting the features of a new creature in Christ?

B.J. Clarke

March 2, 2003

On March 2nd we will break ground on our building project. Following our morning services, we will have a short ceremony in front of the building.

Afterwards everyone is invited to stay for our fellowship meal. This meal will be provided by the church. So ladies (and men) you do not have to worry about preparing something for the fellowship.

"The New Birth"
John 3:1-5
"The Bitter Fruit of a Compromised Life"
Genesis 19:1ff.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • February 21-23: Youth Weekend, Cabin Repairs at Weeki Wachee Bible Camp
  • March 1: Ladies Day in Cape Coral.
  • March 2: Ground Breaking (See Above)
  • March 30: Fifth Sunday Contribution
  • April 12: Ladies Day at Orange Street in Auburndale, FL. “Hats Off To Ladies.”
  • June 1-7: Weeki Wachee Bible Camp.
  • June 20-July 7: Ghana Campaign 2003
  • July 20-26: Central Florida Bible Camp.

"The worship will be better if you participate as a Christian
rather than as a critic."

adapted from Construction Digest




Remember in Prayer


 Wayne Vowell


Mary Gloster
Mary Jane Collier
Ersel Riggenbach
Melvine Zink
Melissa Keyso
Frank Small
Iva Turner
Stepheny Bennett
Art Stapleton
Bill Sherman
Lillian Comiskey



 Delbert Leavens


Morning Services


Bible Reading:

 Delbert Leavens  


 Dick Navarre  


 Ted Wheeler


Closing Prayer:

 Glen Law


Evening Services


Opening Prayer:

 Carl Rigney



 Dick Navarre



 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Mike Weber

Our Record - Last Week


Dale Scwhartz
Sean Keathley - Kerry Keathley
Troy Wheeler
$ 2361.65
$ 2695.00
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