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Summary: We can experience New Beginnings if we can leave the past and press toward the future with Jesus!

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INTRODUCTION

• SLIDE #1

• Have you ever heard someone say they just wish they could start over again?

• Have you ever felt that way?

• When I played Golf, well, what I played was really called Hack, there were times you could take a Mulligan.

• Let’s say you hit a terrible tee-shot, usually you could take a mulligan, which meant you got to tee off again as if the first slice into the woods never happened. Usually you could get one per round.

• A couple of weeks ago I began this mini-series exploring why your soul could be struggling with inner peace; the conclusion was that your soul was waiting for you to do something.

• In the last message I shared, I suggested the soul is waiting for you to truly follow Jesus.

• Now this week, we will finish this series by examining the blessing of indulging our soul’s desire to follow Jesus, NEW BEGINNINGS!

• When you follow Jesus, when you develop a relationship with Jesus, you can experience New Beginnings.

• SLIDE #2

2 Corinthians 5:17 (HCSB) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.

• I want you to let this verse sink in for a moment……

• How much of your current struggles are built on the foundation of past issues that STILL to this day haunt you.

• Maybe it was something that you did, maybe it was something that was done to you; nonetheless, you are still haunted.

• Jesus has a GREAT gift He wants to give to you as well as eternal life! NEW BEGINNINGS!

• These New Beginning will allow you to FINALLY rid yourself of the past and to fully embrace an AWESOME FUTURE with Jesus!

• LET’S LOOK AT OUR TEXT TOGETHER TODAY! Let’s start with verse 13 in the book of Philippians.

• SLIDE #3

Philippians 3:13 (HCSB) Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead,

• SLIDE #4

SERMON

In order to be able to experience New Beginnings…

I. Recognize your need for a New Beginning.

• In the previous verses in chapter Paul talks about his previous life achievements in his past. Paul had quite the resume.

• Paul was near the top of his filed in achievements, he sure had a lot of past accomplishments to hang his hat on.

• Take some time to read the earlier part of the chapter.

• For Paul life was good. He was educated, envied, and held a high position in life.

• Paul could have lived out his days persecuting the church.

• Paul was not one of those who was a drug addict, or an alcoholic, he was an important person, the envy of all around him.

• Something happened to Paul.

• Paul was religious as they came, he was blameless concerning the Law (Philippians 3:6). Paul was a confident man! (Philippians 3:4)

• Something happened to Paul.

• Paul, or Saul as he was known then, was zealously persecuting the church. (Philippians 3:6). He was so religious, he could not stand this NEW faith, it had to be destroyed!


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