Greetings Families and Friends of Christ Episcopal Church Dallas!
The New Creation
In my recent sermon about the Baptism of the Lord (January 10, 2021), I mentioned how the baptismal covenant is always an open invitation to grow and be transformed into what the Apostle Paul called the New Creation. In his letters, Saint Paul progresses in his understanding of the transformation that takes place in each believer. We have concepts and ideas of this ongoing process in these different letters: Romans 6:1-11 and Galatians 6:15 both refer to new life in Christ; Romans 7:1-6, the newness of the Spirit; Galatians 2:19-20, being crucified in Christ; and in 2 Corinthians 5:17, the new creation.
This increasing awareness regarding the “newness” of individuals in the New Testament is a reminder that we as believers in Christ are never at a point of non-growth or total stopping. No matter the circumstances or adversities, the old Adam becomes a new reality in the person that is baptized and sealed with the Holy Spirit. The beginning of the new year is always a good opportunity for all Christians to aim for maturation and sincere conversion so that we may become more like Jesus and less like the old Adam.
Christ Episcopal Church Dallas offers many occasions of ministry and service, and most importantly for your personal growth and development throughout the year. I encourage you to seek to strengthen and commit faithfully to living your baptismal vocation.
Blessed New Year 2021 to you!
The Rev. Fr. Fabian Villalobos
Christ Episcopal Church
534 W. 10th Street
Dallas, TX 75208