New Beginnings Christian Center

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New Beginnings Christian Center is a young, growing ministry planted on the west side of Jacksonville, Florida, right off of Interstate-10 at Lane Avenue and Ramona Blvd.  We believe that God has called us to train and equip a new generation of Christians devoted to serving the King and advancing His Kingdom here in Jacksonville and around the world.
Our mission is to Touch People with the love of Jesus, to Restore the broken relationships which plague our lives, to Equip Believers for works of service and to Release Disciples into the world to proclaim the good news of the risen Christ.
New Beginnings Christian Center is a member of the Southeast Districtof the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. You can learn more about our beliefs and values here on our website, or visit the International Foursquare Website for more information about the Foursquare movement. (More Foursquare News)
 
 Foursquare Leader Prayer Relationship over reputation

By: Glenn Burris Jr., president of The Foursquare Church (U.S.)

Jesus often broke social conventions to be in relationship with people.

When Jesus initiated a pathway to change for a hated and wealthy tax collector named Zacchaeus, He intentionally risked His reputation by openly engaging him and going to his home.

In Luke 19:1-10, Jesus talked with Zacchaeus about Zacchaeus’s heritage and future. People, especially the religious leaders, publicly scorned Jesus for His open connection with this enemy of the people. However, the approach Jesus used caused Zacchaeus to lower his defenses and receive Jesus’s counsel. Zacchaeus ended up repenting for his wicked ways and making a radical commitment to return the money he had stolen from the people.

Jesus and the religious leaders started on the same side in their initial assessment of Zacchaeus’s behavior as wrong and in need of change. What is striking, though, is how both parties responded.

The religious leaders only cared about correcting the behavior. Jesus cared about the person. And caring about the person made all the difference.

Reflect + Pray

Take a few moments to seek the Lord by reflecting and praying using these prayer points. 

1. Who in your life is challenging your social conventions with relationship? Ask God what He wants your relationship to them to be, and follow His lead.

2. Ask the Lord to convict you of ways in which your concern for reputation may be superseding your love for others.

3. Reflect on God’s abundant love and compassion. Consider how He has been gracious to you, and ask Him for specific ways you might extend that compassion to others today.

4. Please continue to pray for The Foursquare Church’s presidential selection process. Ask God to guide the hearts of everyone involved as we select new leadership.