How many clothes do you have from 10 years ago? Maybe a box-full? A closet-full? A storage unit-full?! I have a shirt that has to be over 15 years old. I’m not even the first owner! I bought it at a thrift store over ten years ago and can’t part with it! Why? It’s so comfortable!

“Old selves” are like my old shirt. They are so comfortable! For example, in my “old self” closet, I have a sportcoat of anger I can grab and put on whenever convenient. I know that outfit! It fits my “old self” so well! I also have hangers full of pride, selfishness, and lust. Those outfits were tailor-made by my rejection of God and His ways. 

However, I’m not the old me anymore. I’ve been “crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). I’ve been called to “put on the new self” to “put on Christ.” God has a tailor-made “new self” for me, and it looks like Jesus! God made me for this new self. Nothing will ever fit better than the “new self.” 

But how does one put off the “old self” and put on the “new self”? That’s our journey this Sunday as we walk with Jesus on the Lenten pathway toward Holy Week. As we walk with Him, with each other, and with His Word, I know you’ll find this “new self” is tailor-made by Love, and it lasts for eternity!

Here are this week’s downloadable message notes!

In Christ alone!

Pastor Brad

P. S.

Some of you have asked me when we are going to start the new series Christ in the Beginning–a journey through Genesis. Have no fear! We will start on the first Sunday of March!

P. P. S.

Here are some deeper dive videos as we prepare for Sunday!

Ephesians Summary–Bible Project (8:56) 

Living Worthy of the Call–Ephesians 4 (4:09)

Bible Words Explained — Old Man/New Man (2:40)