So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17
The Greek word Paul chose for new in this verse is kainos referencing a new creation that has not existed previously. This has greater implications than if Paul had instead used neos, meaning new in an already established category.
This biblical concept of kainos new is a pillar of Christian doctrine. Since God is about the work of making us new every day, we are transformed throughout our lives into a new creation, continuously growing in our resemblance to the one we follow, Jesus Christ. Evidence of this transformation can be found in our words, attitudes, actions and lifestyle.
One way that we open ourselves to experience kainos new is by practicing the spiritual discipline of reading Scripture. This is because we encounter God in the pages of Scripture. And each time we meet the living God, we are changed.
With that in mind, I invite you, the Holston Conference, to join me in reading through the Bible together individually and collectively in 2022. As we participate in “Read Together” in community, we open ourselves to experience God’s presence and kainos on an individual basis and as a conference.
– Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett
We pray that you will join us for this wonderful initiative! If you would like to follow along with the specific readings from the Holston Conference, click HERE to visit the conference’s Read Together resources page with a daily calendar, podcast, and more!