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You have to be slightly uncomfortable with what you’re doing, and you have to be able to try to find moments of newness. - Jonathan Anderson

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How To Embrace Newness

Pastor Scott George-June 23, 2019

Matthew 9:16-17, “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Isaiah 43:19, See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Numbers 12:16, After that, the people left Hazeroth and encamped in the Desert of Paran.

Numbers 13:1-2, The Lord said to Moses, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.”

Hazeroth - Enclosed by a fence

10 Obstacles to Embracing Newness

1. Love of Status Quo

Is the future better than it is right now?

2. Fear of Loss

What will I have to give up?

3. Uncertainty of future

What does it look like ahead?

4. Influence of Negativity

What if the naysayers are right?

5. Fatigue

Will I have enough strength to get there?

6. Distrust of Leadership

Can I put my confidence in you to take me there?

 

7. Misunderstandings about the need for Change

Why do I need to grow?

8. Connection to the Old

Is it better than it was?

9. Struggle with the benefits and Rewards

Will it be worth it?

10. Lack of Faith

Can I really do it?

In case you missed them... Answers: 

1. Enclosed 2. Status Quo 3. Loss 4. Uncertainty 5. Negativity

6. Fatigue 7. Leadership 8. Change 9. Old 10. Rewards 11. Faith