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Pastor Tim Swigarts Blog

Missio Dei is a Contemporary Baptist Church located in historic Galena IL. Senior Pastor Tim Swigart shares his thoughts on numerous topics concerning the church.

A New Beginning

Timothy Swigart

Happy New Year! The new year marks an opportunity for new beginnings. No matter what happened in 2016, 2017 gives us reason to be optimistic about our future. Like many, I've set a number of resolutions for the new year that will hopefully shape the year in positive ways. As I was reflecting on this chance at a new beginning, I was drawn to a passage in the book of 2 Corinthians. Specifically, 2 Corinthians 5:17, which states: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."

This single verse provides such hope for us all. When we trust Jesus and submit ourselves to His rule and reign, something amazing happens. The old us passes away; a new us is born. No matter how miserably we've screwed things up, we have the opportunity to start afresh with Christ. Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. He rose from the dead so that we could experience an abundantly good life that lasts for all eternity. He offers this new life as a gift.

If you're looking for a fresh start...a new life, I'd invite you to contact me through our contact page. Our church is all about new beginnings. I'd love to connect you with other Christ-followers, who are on this journey through life together. May God richly bless your new year!