Brand New - Part 1

We still hold onto things that hold us back.

Most of the things you resist about church are the things the church should also resist.

The Church = a community of people following the teaching of a man sent from God, to explain God and to clear the path to God.

Three Applications:
    1. Love God
    2. Love one another
    3. Love your enemy

Who doesn't want their life to be better and who doesn't wanna be better at life?

Temple Model:
*sacred place     
*sacred texts
*sacred men  
*sincere followers

Temple Model grants extraordinary power to sacred men, in sacred places who determine the meaning of sacred texts.

The arrival of Jesus signaled the end of the Temple Model and the beginning of something entirely new.

Jesus predicted a newmovement.

Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.  Matthew 16:18 NLT

Ecclesia = gathering, assembly

Jesus instituted a new covenant.

After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.  Luke 22:20 NLT

Jesus gave new meaning to the sacred text.

“Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.  Matthew 5:17 NLT

Jesus gave new movement defining ethic.

Now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.   Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”  John 13:34-35 NLT

Jesus gave new meaning to passover.

He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  Luke 22:19 NLT