Day 17

The Firstfruits of the New Creation

from the This Is the Church reading plan


John 17:1-19, James 1:18, Philippians 3:20-21, 2 Corinthians 5:1-9, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 8:18-25

BY She Reads Truth

Since 2012, She Reads Truth has maintained a singular mission: to be women in the Word of God every day. Ten years later, our community includes “Shes” from across the globe, but our mission hasn’t changed.

Reading Scripture together is the centerpiece of what we do at She Reads Truth. As we spend time as a community reading This Is The Church, we encourage you to start by reading the daily Scripture on your  own. Then join us here to engage and encourage one another as we respond to what we’ve read. Each day for this series, we’ll include a brief summary of the reading along with a prompt for conversation.


The Church is a display of Christ’s active work making all things new. As citizens of the eternal kingdom of God, we live in this world yet long for our true and eternal home. 

Discussion Question: In light of today’s reading, how can you better live out the truth that we are a new creation commissioned by God? 

Take time to reflect on your Scripture reading and today’s question. Share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments. 

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86 thoughts on "The Firstfruits of the New Creation"

  1. AZ Walker says:

    I want to pray more for my coworkers and have a good attitude, remembering that I work for God but do my best and go above when I can helping others. I have been praying about this and feel more productive and peaceful when I do this. I listened to an interesting podcast today on intentional living on Family Life Radio. Helen Mitchell, Director of Talbot School of Theology, Bioa Univ. about Hostile Work Env against Christians. She said Pray your coworkers will work with honesty and integrity, wisdom. Engage with them and ask what and how questions not why. Love and forgive. Ask if we can share and stop talking if we are asked to stop. Ask God to help us speak with the Holy Spirit. I am praying for those with work stress – Mari V , Sarah D, Michelle Pattire.

  2. Penny Renfro says:

    I am a new creation in Christ and pray that others see Jesus in me.

  3. Karen Valente says:

    I try to set an example of how happy one can live as a Christian. I tell myself all of the time “If you say you are a Christian, you have to BE a Christian.”

  4. Faith Magras says:

    Keep my eyes on God and remember this is not my home and the pain I am going through now is far out weight by the glory that is to come in Christ Jesus

  5. Dorothy says:

    This question is hard for me, I guess by stepping out of my comfort-zone. I’m doing this, I feel by volunteering at my friends VBS, Baptist Young Girls Weekend and Baptist Summer Camp. With this being Baptist and my being Disciples of Christ — two different but yet one — ways of worshipping God, Christ and the Holy Spirit, I will be stepping out of my comfort zone.
    Be blessed and step out of your comfort zone for the Lord sometime this week.

  6. Terri Baldwin says:

    “the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage to decay into the glorious freedom of Gods children “

  7. Naomi Stephens says:

    This was a reminder to me of where my focus should be. Nothing compares to the glory of God and my circumstances shouldn’t take take my focus off of God. Walk by faith…not by sight!

  8. Beth Acree says:

    A “new creation” to me means something with no track record, nothing bad associated with it. And innocence. I pray that Jesus would help us claim that for ourselves in order to make a new face for believers. I want to believe that Jesus will allow unbelievers’ hearts to hear the message of hope without seeing the church’s ugly flaws, historically manipulative motives, etc.

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