We love brand new things, 
but most of us settle for the same old thing. 

Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! (Psalm 96:1, New Living Translation)

Today is a new day.
This is the beginning of a new week.
Today could be the beginning of a new life.

In what same old ruts are you stuck?
What same old routines are binding your small group? Your church? Your family?

Ruts can become very comfortable places.
God calls his people out of the old and comfortable into new things.
God calls his leaders to new things.
(Think of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Elisha, Peter, Matthew, Saul, …)

To get out of the comfortable same old thing, you must count the cost.
And that’s what it means to follow Jesus.

Jesus has a brand new wardrobe for you to wear today!
Don’t cut it up to patch your old clothes!

He has new wine for you to enjoy.
Don’t put it in the same old container.

The Day is coming … “everything new” (Rev. 21:5)!
Jesus: the mediator of a new covenant through his blood (Heb. 12:24)
gives us a new birth (1 Peter 1:3).

Is it time to sing a new song to the Lord? 
What new things is God doing in my life right now? 
What new things is he teaching me? 
In what new ways can I serve him? 
What new, creative ideas will he give me today?
What new people does he want me to meet?
What new places does he want me to go?

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Michael Mack has been involved in small group ministry as a pastor, writer, trainer, and speaker for more than 25 years. He founded SmallGroups.com in 1995 and started Small Group Leadership in 2012. He became the 12th editor of Christian Standard magazine in 2017 and continues to speak in churches about small groups, discipleship, and leadership. He lives in Pewee Valley, Kentucky (just outside Louisville), with his wife Heidi. They have four young adult children. Michael enjoys mountain and road biking with a group of friends. See the "About Michael Mack" page under About Us for more about him.

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