As we noted in our study of verses 18—20, Jesus did not condemn fasting itself; rather, He said that His presence meant it was not time to abstain from celebration.
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He did not conform to their expectations of piety, not because their views of piety were entirely wrong but because God was doing a new thing. After a piece of clothing has been washed many times, it has shrunk to a point where it cannot shrink any further. Used wineskins have been stretched as far as they will go without bursting by the gases produced by the fermentation of fresh wine. If one tries to mend a shrunken piece of cloth with a new patch, the patch will eventually shrink and tear away from the shrunken cloth, because the shrunken cloth will have no give left in it.
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Similarly, the gases produced by fermenting wine will stretch old, stretched-out wineskins beyond their breaking point. New patches are for new cloth that can accommodate shrinking, and new wine is for new wineskins that can accommodate expansion. First published in Tabletalk Magazine , an outreach of Ligonier. For permissions, view our Copyright Policy.
The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. Donate Now. What is this new wine? And what are the old wineskins?
The new wine is the new life of grace we have been blessed with in abundance and the old wineskins are our old fallen natures and the old law. What Jesus is telling us is that if we wish to receive His grace and mercy in our lives we must allow Him to transform our old selves into new creations and embrace the new law of grace.
Have you become a new creation? Have you allowed your former self to die so that the new person can rise again? What does it mean to become a new creation in Christ so that the new wine of grace can be poured into your life?
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Becoming a new creation in Christ means that we live on a whole new level and no longer cling to our former ways. It means that God does powerful things in our lives far beyond anything we could ever do by ourselves.
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Practically speaking, if we are made a new creation in Christ then we are properly prepared to receive the grace of the Sacraments and all that comes our way through daily prayer and worship. New Wine is a family of churches which operates in the United Kingdom. It was established in as a Christian festival run by Anglican clergy David Pytches and Barry Kissell, who were influenced by the teaching of charismatic pastor John Wimber.
While in South America, he witnessed what he termed a 'spontaneous expansion' of the church.
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Pytches was keen to see this replicated in the UK and while vicar of St. Andrew's, Chorleywood in the s, he invited John Wimber to his church. Wimber was founder of the Vineyard Church in the United States. Inspired by Wimber and by what he had witnessed in South America, Pytches came to believe that ordinary Christians can minister to others using the scriptural Gifts of the Spirit.
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While in the UK, Wimber held a number of conferences resulting in considerable interest in the charismatic movement from churches nationwide. Soon afterwards, Pytches became the leader of New Wine. In a separate conference for teenagers was launched under the leadership of Mike Pilavachi , then a youth worker at St Andrew's.
The youth conference was named Soul Survivor.
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