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The God of New Beginnings


Sermon shared by Glenn Newton

February 2004
Summary: This is an evangelistic message on our "Kickoff Sunday" as we were opening a new building... Many unsaved friends and family were present.
Denomination: Nazarene
Audience: Seeker adults
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Your right, there is... and friends... itís not a religion.....
thereís alot of religious people that are the most miserable, the most trapped people youíll
ever find..... When Jesus came to earth 2000 years ago, some of his biggest critics were
the religious people of his day.... Jesus didnít die on the cross so you could be religious....
He died so you could have a Relationship with Him.... thereís a big difference.

This morning we didnít invite you here to tell you about New Hope Church of the
Nazarene, and what a great organization we have, and how if you will get involved in this
church your going to feel better..... thatís not why we get together for Worship.... were
here for one reason....Because we are passionate about Jesus Christ in our lives..... Were
here to Worship the One who has saved us from our Dead End lives.... we have prayed for
you... we have invited you this morning because we want you to know that God is a God
of New Beginnings... and that He promises you and Me a New Life, a New Beginning
when we put our Faith and Trust In Christ..... not a religion.... a person... His name is

Do you know How much Jesus really cares about You?
Iím going to read a passage from a book written by Max Lucado, the title of the
book is ďthe GiftĒ.... Max Lucado is one of the most inspired writers Iíve ever read...
listen to what he writes as He talks about Christ and how much Christ Loves you.... even
as He faced the Cross.... He was thinking of you....

Can I ask you a question this morning? What do you have to lose by giving God a
chance to Prove Himself to you? You donít have anything to lose, but you have
everything to gain!

You have a heavenly Father who so loved you... It really doesnít matter what you think of
yourself.... God loves you.... right where your at... you donít have to clean up your act for
Him before you ask Him into your life..... thatís the irony... Satan tells you that you have
to clean up your act before you come to Christ, or He wonít accept you...... But the truth
is You canít clean up your act.. your not cabable of cleaning up your act.... if you could, if
I could... We wouldnít need a Savior would we?

Jesus says come... right where you at.... Heís not surprized by where you at... Heís God!
He knows what sin does to our lives, He understands how it tangles us up, how it brings
us down, how it takes us places we never intended to go.... He knows... He died for those

Jesus has an answer for your dead end.... Jesus has an answer for your frustration, for
your pain, for your addiction.... Jesus has an answer for your marriage..... Jesus has an
answer for your lonliness....... for your feeling of helplessness....

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

I canít explain it to you.... Itís a God thing how He does it.... but I can tell you, I can
testify to you this morning..... that He took a self-centered punk preaches kid who didnít
think he needed anyone, who thought he had all the answers, who thought he could make
it on his own..... He took me after I crashed and burned... and when I finally came to the
conclusion, I really donít know what Iím doing.... He gave me New Life, New Purpose, a
Passion and a Love for God and for people
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