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June 4, 2006
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“New Beginnings”

 

 

To the class of 2006,

 

Let me remind you about the year in which your high school graduating class made their debut into this world:

 

Bobby McFerrin tells everyone "Don't worry, be happy" with his chart-toping pop song.

CDs outsell vinyl for the first time ever.

Jimmy Swaggart admits to having sexual relations with prostitutes.

Summer Olympics in Seoul, South-Korea; Ben Johnson caught for steriods after setting a World Record in the 100 meter dash.

Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland; Lybian terrorists are suspected of planting the bomb.

Prozac is introduced as an anti-depresent.

Sonny Bono becomes Mayor of Palm Springs.

Robin Givens files for divorce from Mike Tyson.

Michael Dukakis loses to George Bush for the Presidency; he's never heard from again.

Long Island beaches close due to medical waste coming ashore on July 6th.

 

The Netherlands becomes the second country to get connected to the Internet

Al-Qaida is established by Osama bin Laden

Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series

Washington Redskins win Superbowl XXII

 “Rain Man” is the top grossing film

"Faith" by George Michael spends the most time at the top of the US charts 

Source: blogthings.com

 

 

You came into the world with a life expectancy of 74.9 years (infoplease.com)

 

Life never stays the same.  It always changes.  Look where we’ve been and where we are. 

 

“This too shall pass”…the good and the bad

 

 

 

 

 

As things begin new, as things change, we have choices to make.

 

Change always brings choices.

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s take some time to talk about some types of new beginnings.

 

I. There is a new beginning that comes through Salvation.

 

John 3:1-4, 14-16

 

-         Jesus Teaches Nicodemus

 

 1Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him."

 3In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."

 4"How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"

 

14Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.[e]

 16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[f] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

 

2 Corinthians 5:17. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

 

 

II. There is a new beginning that comes with repentance.

 

Luke 15:11-22.

-         This is the story of The Prodigal Son

-         It is important to know that are sins were already forgiven on The Cross

o       All we have to do is return to Him

        In order to return to Him we must turn from our sins. 

        (Turning from our sins is true repentance…we have to leave our sinful life behind just as the prodigal son did

-         Also, just as the Father in this story did not hold His son’s past against him, (he was happy to receive him back), God does not hold our past against us…He is happy to receive us back!

 

He Wipes our sins away- He gives us a clean slate and puts us back on our feet again!

 

1 John 1:9.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

 

Hebrews 8:12.

 

For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."

 

Psalm 103:11-13.

 

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
       so great is his love for those who fear him;

 12 as far as the east is from the west,
       so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

 13 As a father has compassion on his children,
       so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

 

There are new beginnings that come because of crisis.

 

Let’s have a family conversation

 

OUR CHURCH

 

CRISIS BRINGS ABOUT CHANGE

 

PEOPLE HAVE TO BE BROUGHT TO A PLACE OF CRISIS BEFORE THEY MAKE CHANGES.

 

CRISIS IS NOT ALWAYS BAD.  IT IS JUST A REALIZATION THAT THINGS WONT WORK THE WAY THEY ARE CURRENTLY BEING DONE.

 

THERE IS NO TIME TO WASTE.  WE MUST DO SOMETHING NOW. 

 

EXAMPLE: LEAKING PIPES CANT WAIT.  YOU CANT TAKE A SHOWER WITH THE WATER SHUT OFF.

 

 

What to do with new beginnings?

 

…Once we graduate, once the pipe breaks, once we get sick, once we’ve made that mistake, once we’ve gotten ourselves in over our head, once we have hit that wall and there is no way out (or so it seems)…

 

This is not the only thing we need to do, but it is essential part of what we do when we start new, start over…

 

Philippians 3:12-14.



12 Not that I have already attained, (Heaven)  or am already  perfected (who Jesus wants me to be); but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

 

-         We are to press on towards Heaven

-         We are to strive to be more like Christ

-         We are to have an eternal focus

 

13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do,  forgetting those things which are behind and  reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus

 

-         We press on toward the upward call of God in Christ Jesus

-         The call He has on our lives to be more like Jesus

-         The call He has on our lives to keep eternal things in focus

-          The call (purpose) He has specifically for us as individuals

-         The call (purpose) He has for our specific church

 

 

God’s calling for our church….What we are pressing towards

 

 

Acts 13:47.  God has commanded us to be a light to the Gentiles

 

We are a church in the midst of new beginnings.

 

So what are we going to do.

 

We are planning on making some more changes. 

 

These changes we will be making will have the specific purpose of reaching Gentiles in our community.

 

I don’t want to surprise you.  I want to communicate with you what is going on and I want to ask you to be a part of it.

 

We are going to be a church that reaches out to those you know personally but don’t know Jesus.

 

What are the people like that you know that don’t know Jesus?  What would it take for us to get Jesus to them... 

 

how will they believe if they have not heard, we have got to get them to the point where they can hear the message and understand.

 

I have some ideas…….about what it takes to reach the lost for Jesus

 

How about you???

 

What are your ideas?

 

I’m not talking about what do you like to see in a church, I want to know what works to bring people to Jesus. 

 

What works to bring people through our doors so they can hear the Message?