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     "Welcome to New Wine Christian Fellowship of Laplace, LA. We are a bible believing church that is committed to renewing lives, restoring families and rebuilding communities. If you are ever in the area, My wife and I would be honored for you to be our guest."

     Sincerely, Pastor Neil & Angela Bernard

Monday, 13 December 2010 19:27

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"Becoming A New Wineskin" 

 

January  2014
 

Isaiah 43:18(NIV) "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new   thing ! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

 

How to become a New Wine Skin for God?

 1. Determine to BREAK FREE form the fear of Change. Luke 5:39 (NKJV)  And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, 'The old is better.' The characteristics of old wine skin, is inflexible, unyielding, unwilling to change and set in your ways. We often fear what we do not understand. Change is not only not easy, it can be painful to let go the old. We have all been guilty of resisting the new advancements and technology because we get use to the old. Don’t get stuck in where God use to be. Stay open to His fresh directives, and expect Him to stretch your faith.

 2. Embrace a lifestyle of REPENTANCE. Mark 1:15 (NIV) "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" The Greek word for Repent is Metanoi which means a change of mind and implies a change of action. We must replace old mindsets and behaviors with new. God’s has a solution is for us to repent. It means a change of mind followed by a change of action. The essence of repentance is letting go of the old and taking on the new. This is why Paul encouraged us in Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. We must get rid of old negative stinking thinking and replace it with the new positive heavenly mind.

 3. SEEK the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18-20 (NIV)Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. We can prepare our hearts, but only God can fill it. God always satisfy the hungry and the thirsty. Fasting has a way of making us hungry for God. We must ask the Spirit to reveal His new strategies. We cannot rely on church growth gurus, popular books or rock-star preachers to lead us into genuine change. Copying spiritual trends is just a form of carnality—and it is a sad substitute for real innovation. If the work of transforming the church is not totally led by the Holy Ghost, then our changes will be shallow and our impact will be pitiful. The last thing we need is a superficial upgrade.

 
 
It is my prayer that in 2014 you will rediscover the power of the Holy Spirit and become a bold witness for Jesus.

Pastor Neil

 

 

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