Why “White Stone”?
“To him who overcomes… I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.” — Revelation 2:17 (NASB)
Names mean something. Behind every name is a story. Our parents chose our names for a reason: a beloved family member, a close friend, a hero or a mentor. Others choose names for us based on what we have done – or failed to do. Some of the names that have been given to us sting and stay with us for years, names like Disappointment, Failure, Screw-up, Ugly, or Worthless. With those names come wounds, and with those wounds come lies about us, about who we are, about what we are. And, sadly, many of us believed those lives and still wear those names, allowing our past and others to define us.
How does it make you feel to know that Jesus has a name for you, one that He picked out just for you? When God made you, He created a masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10, NLT) and He meant you for His glory! When we come to Jesus, we lay down all those names that others have given us and take on a new name as a son or daughter of the Living God: Chosen, Wanted, Beautiful, Precious Treasure, Redeemed, Overcomer, Citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven… these are only a few.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” — 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB)
At White Stone Fellowship, we believe that Jesus is all about the new: new creation, new life, new beginnings. The Bible tells us that when He comes again to reign as King, He will make all things new! (Revelation 21:5) Your new life in Christ can begin right now, simply by turning from your own way and making Him King of your life. You can be rid of those old names once and for all and take on a new identity in Christ, as a follower of Jesus.
The Bible says, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. ‘ Romans 10:9-10 (NASB) That simply means that if you truly want the new life Christ offers, and believe that He can make you a new creation, all you have to do is ask, in your own way with your own words. Will you do that right now?
If you just asked Jesus to be King of your life, we want to help you know how to follow Him and grow in your relationship with Him. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will reply to you to help you learn to live as new creation with a new name!
If you are still not sure about all this and would like more information, contact us at the same email address with your questions and we will get back to you.
If you live in the West Metro Atlanta area and would like to attend or visit White Stone Fellowship, we gather at 10:00 AM at Hal Hutchens Elementary School, 586 Clonts Rd, Douglasville, GA 30134.