Barnegat Anew wants to be a sign.
What the heck does that mean? No, its nothing crazy or weird… we just want to be one place in the world that points to the promises and hope of God.
One thing I noticed today as we were going about our church yard sale was this: every time there was little or no people shopping around, it was because one of our signs, somewhere around Barnegat, had blown down so people couldn’t see it. When people couldn’t see it… they had no way of knowing we were having a sale.
As true as this is for sales… it is also true for life and faith and hope. If there are no signs, how are people supposed to know that there is a way of living that can bring health, hope, renewal and positive promise?
The very last words in the Gospel of Mark says this (16:20):
And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while God worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it
‘They’… were those who had seen, first-hand, all that Jesus had done in life and death and resurrection. ‘They’… were those who wanted to reach out to the world with a new promise of hope and change. ‘They’… were the first ‘Christians’. Barnegat Anew (and many other churches now and back through the ages) have taken on the mission of being a ‘sign’ and a place for ‘signs’ pointing to the love of God that is available to everyone.