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Summary: Today we are entering into a new era of ministry at Christian Hills – we have a new year and the promise from the Lord of a new start – a new focus – a new theme – our new theme is “New Wine in 09.

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“New Wine in 09”

Youth are ushering today. They will hand out corks to everyone when they come in today.

Opening Video Illustration– old to new! The world is changing and we need to change and adapt with it. We cannot dig our heals in and refuse to change and to grow.

Clip compares: TV then and now – radio then and now – trains then and now - cars then and now – phones then and now – computers then and now – planes then and now – boats then and now – light then and now – trucks then and now – music then and now -communication then and now – mail then and now?

Opening Remarks: Today we are entering into a new era of ministry at Christian Hills – we have a new year and the promise from the Lord of a new start – a new focus – a new theme – our new theme is “New Wine in 09.”

I did toss around the idea of this theme “Don’t Whine in 09!”

Scripture Texts:

Matthew 9:14-17 (NIV):

14Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”

15Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.

16“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse.

“17Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Matthew 9:17 (CEV): “17No one pours new wine into old wineskins. The wine would swell and burst the old skins. Then the wine would be lost, and the skins would be ruined. New wine must be put into new wineskins. Both the skins and the wine will then be safe.”

The parable of Luke 5:36-39 (NIV): 36He told them this parable: “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is better.’”

Acts 2:1-13 (NIV)

1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

5Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? 9Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11(both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”


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