Mar 27, 2017

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Making All New

Making All New

“Behold, I will make all things new” (Rev. 21:5)

“Behold, I will make something new spring forth” (Isaiah 43:19)

Easter is a season of re-birth and of second chances. Illustrating this gift is the story of Chuck Colson. The 1960’s-70’s was a time when I was politically interested in American politics, and in my college days I became acquainted with H.R. (Bob) Haldeman, who later became President Nixon’s Chief of Staff. I actively read the papers and was following events at the White House at the time of the Watergate Break-in. But, for me, more interesting than the story of Bob Haldeman was that of his associate, Chuck Colson. Let me remind you – or if you are younger, paint you a picture- of Chuck Colson in the White House. Chuck was quoted as publicly saying: “I’d walk over my own grandmother to re-elect Richard Nixon” and he also had a sign on his wall reading “Once you have them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow.” Eventually both men ended up in prison. But Chuck Colson’s story took an unexpected turn: In prison, Chuck became a Christian and experienced a re-birth in character; he went on to found a Prison Ministry. Reflecting on Colson’s experience, I think of this scripture: “We, therefore, were buried with Him into death, in order that through baptism, just like Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father we, too, may walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4)

Bible Study Discussion Questions:

  1. We often do not know the interior experiences a person has that result in the person’s character undergoing such a life-giving change. How important do you think faith may be in this transformation? What do you think is the role of the Holy Spirit?
  2. “For You [God] all things are possible” (Mark 14:36), but what about you? Have you experienced a newness of life? If not, are you seeking it? How are you seeking it?
  3. When people that you know mess up, after a time has passed, how open are you personally to believing that they may have actually changed? Why is it difficult for you?
  4. When church people have, in their past history, “fallen,” how do you find they are treated at your church? We are all sinners, but is church really an emotionally safe place for sinners?
  5. What is the role of experiencing forgiveness in the motivation to be open to God and personal transformation? How important is repentance in seeking forgiveness?

Another scripture to consider:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, all things have been made new” (2 Cor. 5:17)

Written by Heather Whitehouse, ON 1stVP/Chaplain, The King’s Daughters & Sons, March, 2017

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