New Wineskins for New Wine

  • By Jay Barr
  • Minister of Connections
  • January 9, 2015
In our home kitchen, we have a whole cupboard full of pots. I suppose some of them are pans. But, to be honest, I'm not sure when a saucepan becomes a rondeau -- is it the handle? Anyway, we just bought another pot. A big stock pot. The cupboard was already bursting with big pots (or pans) but not one quite like this -- or so I was told. If we wanted to make bigger batches of stews, soups, chilis and pasta sauces, then we needed a brand new pot. Yes, dear! My need to eat doesn't change -- every day I get hungry. But sometimes, what I want to eat or how I want to prepare a chicken breast or a tilapia filet requires a new technique or a different tool, maybe a new pot. In a similar way, the good news of Christ never changes. The grace and truth of the Kingdom are consistently available every day. But methods of communication and the demographics of culture keep changing, and sometimes a different tool or method is required to help people understand and experience God. If you were making wine in the first century, you would pour the juice into wineskins -- leather pouches -- for the fermentation process. You couldn't reuse the wineskins from the last batch; they would crack and leak. New wineskins were required for the new wine. (Mark 2:22) We believe it's time for a new tool to help us reach Alpharetta with the unchanging gospel. Our campus needs to be overhauled to meet the changing demographics of our community. You are invited to be an important part of this process by attending a presentation from our Long Range Planning Committee and CDH Architects this Sunday in the sanctuary at 9:45 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.
Looking forward to what's next....