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Summary: Thank God for the powerful truth that in the Christian life we have the power to beget a new beginning.

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Bunbury

Sun am

2/01/11

“The hope of a new beginning”

Intro: *** Statement made by one of the bros on Friday am that struck me as being both sad & lacking in u/s.

Asked if he was going to come to New Year’s eve Bar-B-Q & he said “I have never celebrated New Year’s eve I don’t see the sense in it!”

I couldn’t help thinking how his thinking lacked insight.

God gives us new beginnings in seasons / times / days / years b/c it is necessary in life to be able to bring an end some things & a beginning to others!

Genesis 1:14 (NKJV) 14Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;

Certainly if nothing else mentally it helps us to be able to close chapters of our lives & say ..... that’s the end & be able to look forward to a new beginning.

Think about what God says heaven & eternal life is really all about .....

Revelation 21:5 (NKJV) 5Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” .....

Heaven / eternity is going to be about a new beginning ...... beginning new things & leaving behind old things.

If there is one spiritual significance about New Year it’s this ...... I believe we enter the new year w/ the hope of a new beginning.

That’s also the title of my message t/m ‘The hope of a new beginning’.

Text: Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) 7For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.

# 1. New beginnings.

A. There is something about new beginnings that is essential to every one of us.

a. As we’ve already seen in my introduction t/m new beginnings are not man’s idea – it’s God’s idea.

i. Let’s focus our minds on this whole idea of new beginnings & think about where it originated from.

ii. To do this we have to go all the way back to the garden of Eden ....... the new beginning of creation i/s.

iii. Here is God busily putting together the master blueprint of creation making everything a reality.

iv. He begins by creating worlds & then bringing about divisions .... night / day / horizon & sky / water / land / division of different types of vegetation.

v. Then we find God creating stars ... lights of heaven / sun etc & w/ this He brings about the division of time itself.

vi. Right here God recognises / identifies the need for there to be a beginning & end of various times / seasons.

b. Now the question that begs to asked is why did God do this ..... why did God think it necessary to divide up time?

i. Day / night / months / years / seasons / times?

ii. Part of the reason is b/c of the natural cycles of creation sowing / growing / harvesting all happens in timeframes.

iii. God has also programmed into animal creation, including humans a need for times / seasons.

iv. But I think that one of the primary reasons is that mentally / emotionally / spiritually we all need the possibility of a fresh & new beginning.


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