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Summary: A New Thing - (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

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SERMON OUTLINE

1. Look Back and Appreciate!

2. Look Ahead and Anticipate!

3. Look within and Evaluate!

SERMON BODY:

Ill:

• Over 2,000 years ago a young Greek artist named Timanthes;

• Painted this picture - The Sacrifice of Iphigenia,

• What you see on the screen is a 1st Century AD Roman copy;

• Of a 4th Century BC painting by Timanthes,

• It was discovered at Pompeii, and now in the Museum at Naples

• Before he painted this masterpiece;

• When the artist Timanthes was a young man;

• He studied under a well-known and highly respected tutor.

• After several years, the young painter created a superb portrait.

• But unfortunately, he became so enraptured with the painting;

• That he spent days gazing at it.

• One morning when he arrived to admire his work,

• He was shocked to find it had been vandalised - blotted out with paint.

• Angry and in tears, Timanthes ran to his teacher,

• To report this tragic act of destruction.

• To his amazement, the teacher of Timanthes knew all about the defaced painting;

• Admitted that he had destroyed the painting.

• And he admitted that it was him who had damaged it!

"I did it for your own good. That painting was retarding your progress.

Start again and see if you can do better."

• Timanthes took his teacher's advice & produced ‘Sacrifice of I-phi-genia’

• Which is regarded as one of the finest paintings of antiquity.

AS YOU AND I FACE A BRAND NEW YEAR:

• Aren’t you glad that we do not have to just stare at and dwell in the past?

• We are able to press on to better things!

• As the hymn says; “We will praise him for all that is past……..”

• “………And trust him for all that’s to come!”

• Are you excited about the future?

• We should be!

• The encouraging thing about new year’s, new months, new weeks, new days;

• Is the word ‘new’.

• Webster’s dictionary:

• ‘Refreshed, different from one of the same that has existed previously, unfamiliar’.

• Best of all; new year’s, new months, new weeks, new days;

• It is a place to start over, to let God refresh, revitalize and to stimulate oneself.

We are starting a new series of teaching called ‘All Things New’

• A New Thing, A New Covenant, A New Morning, A New Song,

• A New Commandment, A New Creation, A New Future

• Tonight’s topic is called: ‘A New Thing’

• And is based on the verse from Isaiah 43:14-28

Background information:

The Book of Isaiah can be called "a Bible in miniature."

• Now the chapter and verse divisions are not inspired;

• For just over a 1,000 years the Christian Church had Bibles without chapter & verse numbers.

• They were added for our convenience to help us find our way around.

• Whoever added them did an interesting thing;


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