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Welcome to the Iowa City Church sermon and teaching page.  We know that life can be confusing, and sometime just plain hard.  We believe the best way to live life comes through following Jesus.  These lessons and sermons are designed to be a resource to help you on that journey.  We hope you find them helpful!

Sep 11, 2023

We all love new things. There is something about buying it, unwrapping it and using it for the first time. There is one thing that we want to be new, but just really don't know how to go making it happen: the person in the mirror. There are all sorts of things about us that we want to be new; whether it's physical appearance or personality traits or maybe something that is broken in our lives.

Because we want a fresh start we pursue self-help books, social media influencers and podcasters to find the secret bullet in creating a new you. Consider this: What if there was a solution? The best part, it's right there available to all of us we've just never really considered it. This reminds me of the story about John Helinski.

A homeless man with no ID walked into a shelter, and then left with enough money to buy permanent housing and get back on his feet. John Helinski was homeless and nameless for three years. Suddenly, he's set to buy his own place and collect a nice pension. Thanks to a determined caseworker and police officer, they were able to track down the man's social security number and birth certificate. This led to the discovery of a bank account where the former homeless man's social security had been getting deposited into and collecting interest. "I guess I'm exhilarated, excited, you know," he said. Homeless to homeowner in a few days!

For John Helinski, it took a determined caseworker and police officer to help connect him to a new life that was right there, literally waiting for him. Is the same thing possible for you?

For you and me it's Jesus. When most Christians think about following Jesus they focus only on the love of Jesus, forgiveness of sin and the hope of Heaven, all good things! However, Jesus also provides a new life; a new way to live as a human here on earth and for eternity. This is a big deal and it often gets overlooked, and yet we all long for that fresh start. So how does pledging my life to Jesus give me a new life? 

In part four of our Rooted sermon series, we will study how the apostle Paul lays out three essentials in experiencing the new life Jesus provides. To be a part of the conversation, give a listen to part four of Rooted.