Reach Out and Trust is a faith-based 30-minute program brought to you each Sunday morning at 7:30 am and 11:30 am. Reach Out and Trust is a ministry of Whitney United Methodist Church here in Boise. Rev. Christina Thompson is the pastor at Whitney and each week brings her sermon to the radio. Each program is designed to encourage trust in the Lord and seeks to bring everyone who listens to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
Continuing in the book of 2 Corinthians, we see Paul living the kind of life he spoke about, a life in which everything he did honored God. Indeed, Christ’s love controlled his life. For the more the death and resurrection of Christ, made Paul dead to his old ways, and he encouraged others to follow his lead. The early Christians and those of today were and are brand new on the inside. When they accept Christ, the Holy Spirit gives them new life. In effect, they are transformed. Not just reformed, rehabilitated, or reeducated, but recreated into a new life. Yes, they are a new creation and begin to live in harmony and vital union with Jesus Christ. Finally, when God brings us back to Himself, that is, reconciles us through our trust in Jesus, we have the opportunity to encourage others to do the same. When we do, and newcomers commit, they’ll not just be turning over a new leaf, but beginning a new life under a new and most righteous master–Jesus Christ.
In this week’s show, Reverend Christina Thompson takes listeners through 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 which says:
16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.